Ripon woman survives Nepal earthquake; family raising money to help neighbors in need

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – A local woman and her family survived the earthquake in Nepal, and are now trying to pick up the pieces of their life.

Heather Ayres Takavesi grew up in Ripon and moved to Nepal 12 years ago to do mission work. 

Heather, her husband and little girl are doing ok. Their home survived the earthquake, but many of their neighbors homes did not. 

At one point, there were more than 100 people camping in their yard. They have very little food and clean water left. 

Roads are filled with rubble making it impossible for aid to reach communities. 

Now, thousands of miles from Nepal, support is building for Heather and her neighbors in need. 

Her sister started a Go Fund Me account to help people put their lives back together. 

“My idea would really be to give an amount that she decides on to each of her families. When I say her families I say the kids that come to her house on a daily basis which is 10 kids. Then also to reach out to her neighbors that have lost everything” says Beth Ayres Tomczyk.

So far, the Go Fund Me page has raised more than $12,000. Click here to help. 

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