Three months ago, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake shook the country of Nepal to its core.
A nurse from South Surrey says even though the spotlight has dimmed on the country, the need is still great.
Genelle Leifso says the country continues to recover.
She says she admires the resilience of the people of the country, but…
“With the living conditions continuing to be disrupted by the monsoons and the ongoing landslides that were exacerbated by the earthquake, it’s going to be a long time before things for these people are back to normal.”
In the three and a half weeks she spent there, Leifso says the Nepalese people she encountered were welcoming and optimistic, even though they’ve lost everything.
“In the area where we were, they depend heavily on tourists because pre-earthquake, this was the beginning of Trekkers’ Paradise. You know, the scenery is stunning when you can see it. And there’s no one there now.”
Upwards of 8,000 people lost their lives in the quake.
Most of the casualties were in the capital city of Kathmandu.
The Red Cross is still accepting donations for Nepal on their website.