Gary and Jacob Young tell about their experiences in Nepal at Foundation Night, 2016.
GARY: I’d like to invite my son Jacob up on the stage with me. Jacob, what was your first impression when we drove into Yarsa?
JACOB: Well, my first impression was when I first arrived that the people all thought, “Oh it’s Gary’s son. He’ll probably just go sit in the tent and do whatever he wants.” So when I started to work there, they were all wondering, “Is he really going to work?” It was amazing for them to see that I actually started helping and working with them. They were very shocked by that and were extremely pleased.
They’re such friendly people. It doesn’t matter how many times I visited them in a day, they would always come by and do their “thank you” greeting, which is “namaste.” It was very sweet to see that. And they always had a smile on their face.
The friendly people of Yarsa village show their gratitude for the help brought them by Gary and Jacob Young and the D. Gary Young, Young Living Foundation.
When I first arrived, I could see just how happy they were to actually have someone helping them. When I was talking with other people, and a lady was helping me translate, they said, “Everyone else around us was getting help, and we asked them to help us, but no one would.” So when my dad came down in January the first time and they started to get help and hope, they were so much happier.
GARY: Was it a fulfilling time to witness and experience what was taking place there?
JACOB: It definitely was. I know that when we go out to help an older man or lady walk across the street, we feel good about ourselves—or when we do a good deed that day or do what our mom or dad asked. When you do something good, you feel good about yourself. Going to Nepal and helping those people out, I got an experience and a feeling that I had a greater purpose in life. It was a feeling you’ll never get unless you go help people in need out there in the world.
The beautiful children of Yarsa, Nepal, show the traditional Hindu greeting “Namaste,” which means, “I bow to the divine in you.”
The trip to Nepal came about when I was on a speaking tour. I was in Japan in November doing some meetings for our members, and a doctor I’ve known for 17 years called my room and asked me if I would be willing to meet with a gentleman from Nepal, who wanted to talk with me about the devastation in his country. I agreed. So I went to the doctor’s office and met the man from Nepal, who told me about some of the problems they were experiencing.
I said, “But millions and millions of dollars have been raised for Nepal. What is the problem?”
He said, “The banks won’t release it. The NGOs [non-governmental organizations (non-profits)] won’t release the money to the people of Nepal.”
[Sixteen of the world's largest disaster relief charities have revealed to the Thomson Reuters Foundation that they are spending up to a sixth of funds designated for Nepal on their overheads rather than in disaster-hit areas, according to a Reuters report, September 22, 2015. This report also stated: “Affected communities have denounced the response to the twin quakes in April and May as too slow, with some claiming to have seen scant evidence of nearly $475 million raised through UN appeals.”]
It is absolutely criminal what many of these NGOs are doing with the money people are donating in good faith, which should be used to help the people of Nepal.
The man from Nepal said, “Mr. Young, is there any way you can come to Nepal and help us? We’re getting no help from no one, period.”
So that’s why I made the first trip the 4th of January 2015. I went back in February and again last month [July]. It was a heart-jerking experience every time I went, but my goal was to bring hope to some of the people of Nepal.
The people in Nepal have experienced pain on a level that most of us will never experience, with the trauma not happening just once, but over and over, plus hundreds of thousands of people are now homeless. Nepal also reported that 8,800 people lost their lives.
Homes built of rock were shaken into rubble by the devastating earthquakes in Nepal.
So Nepal had all of these thousands of homeless families, and then the monsoon rains hit. Because the ground shook so hard, the rains then washed a lot of their farmland off the sides of the mountains. They couldn’t plant crops, which is what had sustained their lives. So not only did they suffer from the earthquakes, but they also suffered from the monsoon rains, the landslides, the mud slides, the loss of food, the loss of drinking water, and the loss of electricity.
Hillsides gave way during the Nepal earthquakes leaving piles of rubble from demolished homes.
Other things came out that we didn’t hear about from the news media, and this was about the maimed children from the earthquake. Literally hundreds of children were crushed or partially crushed in the rubble when their homes came down, causing loss of arms and legs. Some children lost both legs, some lost legs and arms. Over 400 children in Nepal today are disfigured and crippled from the loss of limbs. Because the schools don’t have the ability to provide special services for those children, they quit school. So it’s a compound effect that just goes on and on and on.
And yet when you go to Nepal, you see that with all they’ve been through, these people have a sense of peace, even though you can feel the deep pain and suffering. I was treated so amazingly with love and appreciation from these people who physically have nothing, absolutely nothing.
Editor’s Note: This week begins a new blog series taken from Gary’s presentation at Foundation Night, Young Living Grand Convention 2016.
No matter where we go, there is suffering, there is hurting. We find people who go without and live without every day—all while we have so much. I travel the world constantly and see it all the time, and I’m trying to understand what is wrong with our systems that allow this to happen to people, good people.
Why did I go to Nepal after the devastating earthquakes of April 2015? At first, I felt that with all the money that was being raised for Nepal and the donations that were being made that Nepal was being taken care of. We sent a sizable donation to the Red Cross division in Nepal the week after the earthquake on April 25. That was a Saturday, and thankfully it was a Saturday because there were no children in the schools that collapsed.
There were 600 villages with 400 to 3,500 residents per village that experienced 100 percent destruction to every building in their villages. There were thousands of villages that had 40-50 percent destruction. Even Katmandu experienced 30 percent destruction.
Gary’s response to Nepal’s earthquakes? He put his feet on the ground with equipment and began to rebuild homes and a school.
It was horrible, and not just because of one earthquake. They recorded having four. The first one was 7.8, second was 7.3, the third was 6.7, and the fourth was 6.3; and in between and right up until February when I was there the second time, they had many aftershocks that registered over 5.
When I was there in February, I got to experience an aftershock that was 5.5. It shook the buildings pretty hard and caused some landslides.
A commercial airliner flying out of Katmandu flew into a dust cloud from the mountainside that slid off from that shake and sent up a dust plume. The pilot tried to divert around the dust cloud but couldn’t climb above it fast enough. The dust went into the jet engines and took them out. The plane crashed, killing everyone on board. Just terrible tragedies.
My great-grandfather told me when I was 10 years old, “My boy, whatever you do in this life, leave something behind that will make this world a better place for those coming.”
Gary and Mary Young’s faith and commitment continue to inspire.
That is my quest in life, to leave behind me a legacy of something greater and better for the children coming tomorrow.
So here is the key that allows me to do what I do and to take me to where I go; this is the key element. If you don’t get to this ingredient, you’re going to miss out on life.
Believing is one thing. Faith in your belief is another thing. You have to create a relationship with yourself and with God. The final key is knowing that you can do it.
Editor’s Note: This is the conclusion of Gary Young’s “Live Your Dream” presentation.