Mitch Wiebe

Mitch Wiebe

Williams Lake man helping earthquake victims in Nepal

Mitch Wiebe of Williams Lake is in Nepal helping with recovery efforts in a remote area impacted by last weekend's earthquake.

Mitch Wiebe of Williams Lake is in Nepal helping with recovery and rehabilitation efforts in a remote area impacted by last weekend’s devastating earthquake.

The 20-year-old arrived in Nepal on April 14 with the non-profit organization Youth With a Mission out of Denver, Colorado.

In fact, his parents Cordell and Cheri Wiebe in Williams Lake first heard about the earthquake when Cheri received a text message from Mitch telling her he was OK.

They talked with him for the first time on Thursday by telephone and learned the Denver group is now helping the American organization Five14 Pvt Ltd.

“They are basically bringing people food and water,” Corell said Friday.

In a video posted on the Five14 Pvt Ltd. Facebook page April 29,  aid worker Stephen Groves said they are working to bring aid to a remote village that has been completely destroyed.

“For now the people have gathered all the food they could find which is basically Ramen and biscuits,” Groves said.

Mitch was born and raised in Williams Lake and graduated from Columneetza secondary school.

In 2012 he travelled to Costa Rica with YWM Denver on a three-month mission as a youth volunteer and this time around is a volunteer staff member.

“They were there to assist the people of Nepal in the first place, and now with the earthquake it’s much more practical and real,” Cordell said.