East Nepal March 2018- Over 125 children showed up for school supply distribution, arts and crafts and games in the village of Birtabazar, Nepal.

 

Conexión San Ángelo / Shaun Loveless, Goodfellow AFB Intel Graduate 2018-Guest Writer, contributor

SAN ANGELO - “I am happy to see that organizations from around the world continue to help rebuild Nepal,” Terry Mikeska says, reminiscing about his recent trip.Years after the April 2015 earthquake, which killed over 8,000, this small nation is still in need of humanitarian aid. If not for organizations like the Mikeska Foundation, the more remote provinces of Nepal would not have seen a shred of assistance since the disaster. The Terry Mikeska Foundation, based out of San Angelo, Texas, prides itself on completing more than 50 humanitarian aid projects in Nepal, and has managed to deliver aid to impoverished areas of Manila as well during three mission projects earlier this year. 50 is indeed quite the milestone for this small foundation, however, Terry is already working on another list of missions, which are scheduled to start in the fall of 2018.

 

March 2018, Senior Citizens that were left and raised on the streets of Nepal as a child were found and given shelter and food in the village of Birtamode.

 

 

Native Philippino and RN Eliodoro Rimando now working at Senior Care in San Angelo helped organize and volunteered during the Manila mission. This helped tremendously with organization efforts and language barriers. The Foundation has relied upon the, “kindness of Nepalese volunteer students, the Red Cross, Jaycees, and healthcare professionals,” who have provided humanitarian relief in the most impacted, and forgotten, areas of Nepal. This team has tirelessly focused on providing food, water, personal hygiene items, healthcare, water filtration, and medicine to lost communities within Nepal. 

If that was not enough, over the last 50 missions they have successfully managed to better education by providing school supplies, books for libraries, solar lighting, assisting school construction projects, and building sport and recreation areas. They grew a church from a small group that worshipped outside under a tree to a fully outfitted chapel of 350 members, with individual bibles and music equipment. “It’s hard to believe that all this started with delivering a few duffel bags of knitted hats that we collected in the San Angelo community,” Terry reflects, “None of this would be possible without the help we have received from our donors.”

 

Feb 2018, Children and adults with Muscular Dystrophy in Manila was given an opportunity to meet others with disabilities for the first time with a dinner, question and answer sessions from local doctors and provided with much needed medications.  

 

About one-third of Nepal’s citizens live below the national poverty line on less than 25 cents per day, and another third lives on less than $2 per day. Many of these individuals live in the most remote areas of the country, which makes aid a scarcity. “Some of our relief efforts tend to be complex and physically challenging due to the undeveloped locations where help is needed, but we always find a way through, whether its with a utility vehicle or just walking.”

“I feel extremely blessed that my travel expenses to and from these missions have been underwritten by an angel donor in the Permian Basin,” this has been critical since, “I am able to use the donations towards the actual projects and needs of those we’re helping.” There is no office or staff at the Mikeska Foundation; just volunteers. Everything is managed from Terry’s home. 

Hundreds of photos and articles can be seen at www.terrymikeskafoundation.org and on the Terry Mikeska Foundation Facebook page. Tax deductible gifts are accepted throughout the year at: Terry Mikeska Foundation, P.O. Box 61692, San Angelo, Texas 76906 or through our website.

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