The Yushu Earthquake

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EDIT (GOOD NEWS): Recent reports have told us that the Medicine Center was damaged, but was one of the few buildings that remained standing, by God's Infinite Mercy. The vehicle also is working, and has been instrumental in helping the people of Yushu. This largely invalidates most of the message below, but we keep it here as a record.

Dear Friends of Medicine for Tibet:

Your support has made so much possible. Over the last few years the funds donated by generous people and raised by MFT have been used to purchase the medicines needed for running the centre and in training two Tibetan women to become practitioners in traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicine.

The recent earthquake on April 14, 2010 in the Quinghai State of Tibet in China, shook Yushu, the district where Medicine for Tibet's Beneficial For All Medical Centre, was built. The devastation has been massive - 85% of all structures in Yushu district were flattened. Reports have said that the Beneficial For All Medical Centre and its 4WD vehicle have been destroyed. Over 2200 people have died, with more bodies being discovered daily. More than 12,000 people have been injured. Many Tibetans are homeless without shelter in freezing conditions at 4,000 meters above sea level. They lack adequate food, water and medical care. The situation is dire.

We hope to raise money initially to help provide emergency relief to the Tibetan community in Yushu. Shelter, blankets,clothing,food and medical supplies are needed. Our Director Venerable Sonam Tenzin Rinpoche will travel to Yushu early in May this year with the money raised and along with Venerable Rabten Rinpoche will purchase and distribute this aid to the Tibetan people.

If you would like to help or donate to the relief efforts, please contact us. Bank details for direct transfer of donations are: ANZ bsb 017 042 Account 489881877 Chodrak Pende Ling Tibetan Buddhist Inc.

Its a small world, and we are grateful that you share with us the desire to help one another.

Dr. Elizabeth Reeckman

Mr. Greg Maulder