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Helping Nepal recover
Helping Nepal recover

The shaking started just a few hours before a big early birthday party was scheduled for me; I'll turn 90 in June. I was at my house in Nepal, not far from the center of Patan, a city right next to Kathmandu, talking to my driver, Runjin, about hanging some Tibetan flags in my bedroom. As we both fell to the floor, he grabbed my arm and kept trying to reassure me, "It's OK, Olga, Didi (older sister)." A heater on wheels came rolling toward us, and I kicked it back, slithering to get under my desk. Then the shaking stopped, and we went outside. My first thought was for the children who live in the J and K houses, the children's homes in Patan run by the Nepal...