On April 25, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal—the country that I’ve made my home—causing widespread devastation. The quake, the worst to hit the country in over 80 years, has wiped out entire villages, and claimed over 5500 lives (this number is increasing by the hour), injured and paralyzed many, and rendered countless homeless. The United Nations estimates that over 8 million people have been affected.

Five days after the quake and we are still digging out a few lucky survivors from under the heap of rubble that is what’s left of Kathmandu now. Those whose houses have either been rendered uninhabitable or reduced to rubble are living out in the open. Food and clean drinking water is in short supply, creating panic among the people. The situation is much worse outside of the capital city.

Though emergency relief materials, including food, water, water purifiers, and medical supplies, are being sent to Nepal from all around the world, most of these are stuck in government warehouses yet to reach the people, thanks to our utterly incompetent government who’s interested more in following ‘protocols’ and ‘procedures’ than in helping its people during a time like this.

Frustrated by the government’s slow pace at mobilizing relief materials, several local youth have partnered with local and international non-government organizations to get the job done themselves. They are collecting funds to purchase medical supplies, food, water, tarps, sanitary products, blankets, clothes, and other essential commodities and taking these items to far flung areas where government relief materials have not yet reached.

Child Reach Nepal is one such organization that is working on the ground. This organization, along with local youth volunteers, were the first to reach Sindupalchok—a district north of Kathmandu that was totally devastated by the earthquake—to distribute emergency relief materials. However, due to the sheer number of affected people, these organizations need more funds to help those who urgently need temporary shelters, food, water, and medicines.

You can help Child Reach Nepal in its relief efforts by donating here.

Another organization that needs your support is Animal Nepal, which has been rescuing and treating animals affected by the earthquake. Some of their staff members have lost their homes. A couple more are yet unaccounted for. The organization’s donkey sanctuary has been partially destroyed by the quake. Yet this team has not stopped its efforts to help the animals who need our help more than ever.

You can give Animal Nepal a hand by donating here.

For a list of verified organizations that are currently engaged in emergency relief, go here.

And to thank you for donating to any of these organizations, I’m giving you a free amigurumi pattern for the little kid known as “the Naughty Boy”. It is one of my first patterns, designed back in 2013, which I hadn’t released earlier. Please note the pattern writing format is slightly different and the pattern is untested. So if you come across any errors, please be kind enough to let me know.

The Naughty Boy - a free amigurumi pattern by Tales of Twisted Fibers

The Naughty Boy - a free amigurumi pattern by Tales of Twisted FibersDOWNLOAD PATTERN

Before I wrap up this post, I want to thank everyone who emailed me inquiring about my safety. Even as I was going through your messages, the ground beneath me was shaking—there have been over 100 aftershocks, one of which was 6.9 in magnitude! In fact, there was another tremor a few minutes ago. But what I mean to say is your messages gave me so much strength. Thank you all so much. You guys are the best. A special shout out to Viviana Lores, Sakellaropoulou Theodora, Cynthia Rhodes, Amifan, and Ainara for being the first ones to reach out. I love you, guys. 😀

Thank you for caring.


20 thoughts on “SHAKEN!

    • Tales of Twisted Fibers says:

      Thank you so much for your help, Doreen. There are so many people who are homeless, hungry and injured. Your donation will certainly help these organizations in reaching emergency relief to these people.

  1. Roxie says:

    Leave room for miracles Serah. You are one and all the survivors they have taken from the rubble. Let your heart be strong, your mind at rest….even though we are worlds away love is spreading help is coming.

    • Tales of Twisted Fibers says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Roxie. Yes, I’m extremely grateful to be alive and unhurt, grateful to those who reached out to inquire about my safety, who offered their help to those around me who were less fortunate than I. In midst of all this destruction, it’s amazing to see so many good people coming forward to help complete strangers. 🙂

  2. amifan01 says:

    I reblogged this post on Raverly group – Beesteboel. So I hope more dutch and belgium people can help.
    I did a gift on the child reach Nepal.
    Also donated some money to a action here in the Netherlands for Nepal. But that money is going to the red cross fundation or other helping organisations.
    I was really releaved that you are doing fine. So thank you for taking the time to answer me and the others. And making this blog post!

      • Tales of Twisted Fibers says:

        This one was so unexpected and we were thinking “oh shit! we’re gonna die this time for sure”. 😦 Fortunately we managed to survive the quake this time as well. But the aftershocks haven’t stopped and even the slighest movement or sound triggers off a fresh bout of anxiety and palpitations. Can’t wait for this to be over. Thanks so much for your message, AmiFan. Hugs to you. 🙂

  3. amifan01 says:

    How are you doing? Still in shock ? This weekend we Will have an sale outside in our neighbourhood. I Will Dell all my crochet animale and dolls for Nepal. Hope i Will raise a lot off money for helping out your country.
    Geestig AmiFan

    • Tales of Twisted Fibers says:

      That’s so incredibly nice of you! Thank you so much for using your talent to help the earthquake survivors. You are such a wonderful person and I’m proud to have you as my friend. 🙂

      Life is getting back to normal. Haven’t done much crocheting lately but I’ll surely be picking up my favorite 2.5mm hook soon. I also have some news I want to share with you. Will mail you soon. 🙂

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