A Horncastle family have thanked everyone who has helped raise funds for a Nepalese girl who is battling to re-build her shattered life.
The News revealed last month that Dolma Tamang had lost various family members - including both her parents and her younger sister - in the devastating earthquake that destroyed much of Nepal.
Dolma (21) spent six months living with the Crowder family in Horncastle last year and was a familiar face at the family-owned Garden Centre business.
Husband and wife Robert and Cora Crowder first met the Tamang family on a trekking holiday to Nepal 10 years ago.
Mrs Crowder described Dolma as “bright, lively and like a daughter.”
Dolma returned to Nepal in January and was with her family in the remote village of Langtang when the earthquake struck.
She and some of her relatives survived and were flown to the capital city of Katmandu for medical treatment.
The Crowders launched an appeal and have now revealed they hope to team up with other charities to help re-build Langtang.
Mrs Crowder said: “We have had initial talks with the charity Lincs2Nepal.
“They have been working in Nepal for some years now and provide schooling, housing and food for the very poorest of Nepal.
“They are a registered charity and work with locals out there. In fact, they leave soon for Nepal and have agreed to take some items out to the family for us.
“I send Dolma all articles printed in the News to let her know that they are not forgotten and that there are a lot of people here in Lincolnshire still raising funds for Nepal.
“She and her family are immensely grateful and humbled by it all.
“We hope eventually to provide housing for Dolma and her family and if funds allow those from her village, Langtang.”
Mrs Crowder went on to reveal that it was still difficult to access Langtang - weeks after the earthquake.
He said: “A group of villagers are going back to the village with the Army to try to identify and recover bodies and any personal possessions.
“Dolma’s brother, Pasang, is amongst the villagers and is the youngest in the group.
“Dolma is very worried about him as the state of the bodies, as you can imagine some weeks on now will be quite gruesome.
“Last week, Pasang sent me a photo of what I took to be a dog that might have been hacked to death.
“On closer inspection, it was the upper part of a young girl’s body, partially decomposed. I could see long black hair and little hands.
“I told him off for putting himself through such an experience but later, I realised he had no choice.
“The photo was sent to him from a friend who thought it might be his younger sister Dawa.
“God knows how many decomposed bodies he will have to look at before he can/might find his family.”
Mrs Crowder said she hoped it was possible to tie up with other charities in Lincolnshire to discuss how best to help rebuild Langtang.
*Anyone who wants to help make a donation can visit facebook.com/helpdola or crowdfunding.justgiving.com/dolma.