Pianist helps Nepal

Terry Mikeska spends time, money on earthquake victims

By Patrick Fleming
On November 17, 2016

Photo contributed Terry Mikeska

Nepal is a small country in Asia that was hit by a major earthquake last year that the country has yet to recover from.

A man by the name of Terry Mikeska has gone far and beyond extraordinary measures to help those in need in Nepal.

Mikeska was financially helping two brothers in Nepal by the names of Sujan and Rajan Kafle when the earthquake hit.

Upon hearing of their turmoil, Mikeska promised he would visit Nepal and do what he could to help.

Throughout October and November of 2015, Mikeska travelled Nepal with Rajan, Sujan, and their parents to become more awre with what the citizens of Nepal needed.

He found that many families’ source of food and rice pots, had been destroyed during the earthquake, leaving them with nothing.

"[T]hat’s when I decided to call it ‘Fill the rice pot’ mission and delivered hundreds of rice pots to families in need along with rice," Mikeska says. "Over 178 donors wanted to get involved and helped me raise over 16 thousand dollars even though I did not have a non-profit status last year. No one really cared, they just wanted to help."

Since then, Mikeska and other large donors created the "Terry Mikeska Foundation", which has expanded upon and continued to provide relief to the people of Nepal.

Before all of this began, Terry Mikeska was a well-known pianist.

"Playing the piano is only a hobby and gives me joy to perform for events throughout the world" he said. "But doing missionary work gives me greater joy in life, doing the most good for the most people in need is what truly makes me happy and having the hundreds of music fans from over 30 years of performing follow me and wanting to help with my last two missions."

Anyone can visit the Terry Mikeska Foundation through their site, terrymikeskafoundation.org where they can check on the organization’s progress.

They can also print a donation form and help the efforts of Mikeska and many others to provide the people of Nepal with food, libraries and vaccines they may not recieve otherwise.

Sazza Dahal, a student of Angelo State University, is a native of Nepal who has also done social work after the country’s earthquake.

Since coming back to the United States, Dahal has been working with Mikeska to do more charitable work when she returns this winter break.

"Terry is an easy going, generous and a good hearted person who really cares about the people in Nepal," Dahal says. "Working with him gives me the same opportunity to work with impoverished people at the grassroots level."

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