VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – As the recovery effort continues in Nepal after that devastating earthquake, there’s a Vancouver student who’s there helping kids in an orphanage.
Kevin Teichroeb, who works in video production for SFU, is the father of a young woman who kept dozens of kids safe for days following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake.
When the earthquake struck, he says Emilie was volunteering at a shelter for girls who’ve experienced trauma. He’s been in constant contact with his daughter who is okay but says she’s heartbroken after seeing so much destruction including the orphanage Balika Peace Home that housed the girls.
“It’s actually hitting her very hard; she did not want to leave the orphanage. She is of course thinking of the 43 children that she and the other students that are with her and are bounding with.”
He says she’s now on a mission to head back to Norway, that’s where her school is based, to help raise funds in order to come back to rebuild the community.
“She feels a terrible tear at her heart to have taken care of those kids over the course of those three days, some really, really terrible circumstances, to have them leave them behind.”
He says she’s inspired him to help and encourage others to offer their support.
“When crisis hits, it’s really important that the aid and the care extend beyond the crisis. It’s probably years of rebuilding ahead for Nepal. I had no personal connection but now through my daughter’s commitment, I absolutely do have a personal commitment.”
To donate to the Balika Peace Home from outside Norway you can transfer funds from your bank to: Seljord Savings Bank IBAN: NO 69 2711 13 42143 SWIFT: BSPANO21 XXX
The Canadian Red Cross has set up a Nepal Region Earthquake Fund. Click here to donate.