October 09 - Speaker: Mrs. Cashmore
October 16 - Speaker: Brother Bikash Cintury
October 23 - Speaker: Miss Esther M. Sharma
October 30 - Speaker: Ms. Lal chharliani
a. Family "A" are likely aliens (perhaps Nepali citizens in temporary residence), hence the reason why they did not qualify for compensation. They are living in a very rudimentary shack, so weakly put up that any one of us could tear it down in a matter of minutes. I think that it is so so very flexible that even the earthquake had no affect on its structure. The father of the house worked as a (manual) labourer but now has an even less paying job as an attendant at a hardware store following injury to his back when 70 bags of cement fell over him.
b. Family "B" is a relatively poor Sikkimese people who live in a shack amidst a grand surrounding of concrete buildings right at the heart of Gangtok. The reason why this family did not line up for the free handouts is on account of their Christian upbringing and faith - since their shack did not suffer any major damage, the mother of the house thought it sinful to be recompensed on false pretext.
I am taking the volunteers to meet both the families, see both the houses, and then decide for themselves where they would like to help (within their limited resources and time).