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Devastation beyond the television screen, say Neldner sisters

Devastation beyond the television screen, say Neldner sisters

A journey through Nepal last year has inspired two Barossa sisters to rally behind the Lutheran World Federation Australia as they provide ongoing support in response to last month’s earthquake.

The Neldner sisters, Kate from Tanunda and Jo from Gomersal were fortunate to gain an insight into the country when they were the only two Australians to do an 11 day trek with the organisation, the inaugural Backstage Pass, as
part of an ethical form of tourism.

Having witnessed first hand the people, villages together with the many challenges they regularly face, they say the devastation will hit many areas hard.

“From what we saw we can understand the devastation well beyond the television screen,” said Jo.

“They are in desperate poverty.”

Together they fear the death toll is much higher than being reported and the remoteness of villages will delay rescue and recovery.

Kate and Jo put their trust in the organisation and porters during their trek and weren’t surprised the Lutheran World Federation were asked by the Nepalese Government to contribute to the emergency co-ordination group.

For more information on Lutheran World Federation in Nepal in response to the earthquake or to make a donation visit http://www.alws.org.au/index.php/who-you-help/urgent-action/nepal-earthquake-disaster.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.