15th Dec, 2017

Helping them rebuild after Nepal tragedy

Joshua Godfrey 23rd May, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A PERSHORE paramedic has returned from his second trip to Nepal where thousands of pounds he raised has helped to rebuild a village in the earthquake hit country.

Phil Llewellyn first visited the country in the wake of the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck Nepal in April of last year.

A second 7.4 magnitude earthquake then hit the country just one month later.

After seeing the damage and devastation caused, particularly in the village of Kaule where he has friends, the kind-hearted paramedic decided he wanted to do something to help.

The village has been left completely decimated with homes and schools destroyed, as well as many people losing their lives.

In the wake of the devastation, Phil then set-up the charity ‘Rebuild Nepal’. He has since raised £8,000 through giving talks and holding a Summer Ball, with the vital cash being used to fund the rebuilding of Kaule.

On his return to Nepal in March, Phil took eight healthcare professionals with him, and because Kaule is heavily reliant on tourism income from trekking and climbing, the group set-off on an expedition to Annapurna Base Camp at an altitude of 4250m.

During the visit, the Pershore paramedic handed over the £8,000- enough money to rebuild four houses- and was given a heart-warming welcome by the people of Kaule.

Reflecting on his trip, Phil said: “Kathmandu looks a lot better since the earthquake, but the remote villages, such as Kaule, look pretty much the same.

“For almost 12 months these people have lived under tin sheets and tarpaulin and it is really sad to see.

“The Nepalese people are so loving and genuine and are full of smiles no matter what, but people should not be distracted by the smiles – they are desperate people that have been forgotten.”

Visit www.gofundme.com/RebuildInNepal to donate to the charity.

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