For several years I have been planning to restore these dilapidated five retreat houses for the nuns on Manjushree Hill, one of the World Heritage Sites in Nepal. I am Andrea Abinanti; I’ve been living in Nepal for 40 years and residing on this hill for 38. After the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25th, 2015 all of these houses have become unlivable. I was in my house when the earthquake hit, it was a terrifying experience and a miracle that it did not completely collapse. As I’d been saying for years, ‘my house is held up by prayers.’ All of my friends were amazed it was still standing, though unlivable. Six Newari (Nepali) nuns, myself and a helping Nepali family live in these retreat houses. The nuns and myself perform daily rituals for the well being of all. Because of the earthquake, this restoration project has now become an urgent issue for the practitioners’ dwellings to be restored quickly.
After continuous tremors this retreat house had to be braced with bamboo and metal rods. A corner crack is being filled so the rats can’t run in and out.
The nun’s retreat house on the far side of the courtyard completely collapsed on the first day of the earthquake.
Six nuns and Andrea standing in front of one of the nun’s retreat houses after the first earthquake.
The proposed restoration will employ traditional building style and materials.
If you would like to make an offering towards this restoration project, please see below:
Tara Dhatu, a non-profit organization, has posted our project on their website. Originally this was posted a month before the earthquake. You may click on the following link to find out more about the Retreat House project and how you can make a tax-deductible donation.
If you would like to see pictures of the houses after the earthquake, under Featured Articles, click on ‘Devastating Earthquakes in Nepal ~ A Call for Action’. Then click on ‘Read More About Tara Dhatu’s Community Relief Activity’. Next scroll down…among the projects they support, there is one titled ‘Photo Gallery Update from Andrea’.
Our organization is small and we can personally guarantee that all of the donations will go directly to the restoration of the nuns’ retreat houses.