Westporter Safe In Nepal

Leo Dreyfuss — a 2008 graduate of Staples — was in Nepal Saturday, when the devastating earthquake hit.

The University of Wisconsin graduate is spending a few months traveling, prior to entering Wisconsin’s med school in the fall.

Leo had finished a trek , and was back in Katmandu when the quake hit. His part of the city suffered less damage than others. With communications in Nepal spotty, much of what he knows has come from IM conversations with his parents, David and Lauren, here in Westport.

Leo Dreyfuss, a few hours before the earthquake.

Leo Dreyfuss, a few hours before the earthquake.

Since the quake, Leo spends his nights in a tent city set up by the US Embassy, on an athletic field they control. Like most other people in the large city, he prefers to be out in the open, away from buildings that could tumble down in the many aftershocks that continue.

Leo has MREs to eat, a cot and blanket. He also has gone back and forth to his hotel.

Leo plans to head out tomorrow (Tuesday) — probably to Bangkok. However, he will never be able to truly leave Nepal behind.

(Save the Children has set up a special link for donations. Click here to help.)

Leo Dreyfuss took a long walk around Katmandu today. He found this grim scene in historic Durbar Square. In the background is the Old Royal Palace with the ruins of Taleju Temple in the foreground

Leo Dreyfuss took a long walk around Katmandu today. He found this grim scene in historic Durbar Square. In the background is the Old Royal Palace. Ruins of Taleju Temple lie in the foreground

 

2 responses to “Westporter Safe In Nepal

  1. Bobbie Herman

    I’ve been crying since I heard the news. I’ve been to Kathmandu twice — the second time last year during a two week trek through Nepal. The country is magnificent; the people are the sweetest, kindest, gentlest people you can imagine; and the gorgeous historical buildings can never be replaced. It breaks my heart. I sent a contribution to CARE, which is also soliciting donations. I’m glad Leo is safe. My two guides were spared, too. As Leo said, once you’ve been to Nepal, you can never leave it behind.

  2. My prayers are with David and Lauren. I am so glad that Leo is safe!