Toowoomba woman sees horror in Nepal firsthand

HELPING HAND: Ally Jensen with Nepali children Bishal (left) and Sundar who showed Ally around their village where 35 houses were destroyed.
HELPING HAND: Ally Jensen with Nepali children Bishal (left) and Sundar who showed Ally around their village where 35 houses were destroyed. Contributed

A TOOWOOMBA woman living in Nepal is working hard to get aid to areas not yet reached by aid groups.

She was there on what she calls the day the "giant kicked the earth".

Ally Jensen had been in Nepal for three days when the earthquake hit on April 25.

She was living with Nepali woman Rina Karki and her family. Her house didn't crumble when the 7.5 magnitude earthquake shook Kathmandu.

Not knowing what the earthquake was at first, Ms Jensen's first thought was "it's a giant".

Ms Jensen said a "heavy clean-up" began the next day as she realised the horror of the situation as the death toll rose.

As a response to the worsening situation, Ms Jensen headed to nearby villages which had not been visited by aid groups.

One of the darkest moments was when she visited her cousin's village where only five houses remained of a total of 40.

She was told stories by villagers of how many of the young people died.

"Some of the stories are too horrific to share."

Ms Jensen, who did a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Southern Queensland, said the situation was still dire.

"Each day the situation seems worse," she said.


"There are acute shortages and in some places people have been without food, water and shelter for more than 10 days.

"I can't even begin to fathom how it must feel that help may not come."

Ms Jensen, who works with charity group Children's Welfare Centre, has started a Facebook page "On-the-Ground Nepal Earthquake Funds" which aims to help Nepali on the ground.

Ms Jensen said donations would help

Despite the bleak and desperate situation, many locals were giving their time and money to help their fellow Nepali.

You can donate to Children's Welfare Centre by depositing money into Ms Jensen's account at Allysha Jensen, Heritage Bank, BSB 638010 Account Number 11600217.

Topics:  aid earthquake nepal toowoomba

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