A quick dirty update on our trip into Nepal. We left the mission with our bus loaded and a small car for support at around 11am. Our school children, local SDM and SO from the police station came to see us off.
Preparing to leave
After a long stop at the border we got through without any problems. The Nepali Police were so grateful that they sent a team of Armed Police Force soldiers to escort us all the way to Kathmandu. At the border of each district the police team would change over. In total just under 100 officers and 11 vehicles were involved in the process. We eventually ditched the escort as they were slowing us down.
Lunch with our escorts
The drive was long. Read that sentence again for reinforcement. 26 hours of driving shared among 4 of us, we battled the need for sleep, upset stomachs, frustration with slow police escorts and very rough road conditions (at least towards the end).
Aaron hanging out in the bus
We stopped on the side of a mountain pass to have an early morning shower in a natural bathing area. The cold waters and promise of Kathmandu just around the corner helped to wake us up.
Cold, refreshing mountain water
As we got closer to Kathmandu we began to see buildings damaged by the earthquakes. Driving through the city we stared, wide-eyed, at building after building destroyed.
Complete destruction in some areas
The damage seemed so random, one building would be completely flattened while the building next to it remained totally unaffected.
An LG showroom with heavy damage
We arrived at our destination a little tired but ready to unload the 500 relief packages. With the help of a local church we have been able to store them and are working with local officials to figure out a list of the most needy in the area. We plan to distribute it all tomorrow. More after that.
Clifton is the grandson of Maxton D. Strong the founder of The GSAM. In 2004 at 19 years old he moved out from Australia to India with his parents to continue on his grandfathers work. Today he is working as the Deputy Director of the orphanage and the Chairman of the Maxton Strong School. He is married to Priscilla, a former child of the mission and together they have 3 sons.