Helicopter Tragedy, Nepal 2006: Book of Condolences: Messages so far

"I just wanted to offer one more condolence to all of you at WWF on the loss of those aboard the helicopter. Please continue the good work you do. Our world desperately needs you!"
Mary Matthews, USA

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"I am very much touched with the incident at Taplejung of Nepal. I pray to Lord Pasupatinath and the almighty to grant us to see this day by tomorrow. I would like to mourn with near and dear ones during this difficult time. Hope WWF would always inspire to do better in the field of conservation in the world. God Bless all the missing individuals."
Gajendra Raj Sharma, Nepal

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"The loss of WWF staff and their Nepalese co-workers in the mountains of Nepal is so profound. I am simply an unknown contributor who believes in the great work of your organization. The Nepal project is a wonderful example of what government, private non-profits and citizens can do to conserve our precious earth's resources. Those who lost their lives are truly heroes. They, their families and their WWF comrades are in my prayers."
Kay Carroll, Wichita, KS, USA

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"My deepest condolences to the colleagues, families and friends of the deceased. This is sad news and a shock but it deepens my appreciation of the pride, perseverance and danger involved in conservation work around the globe. I applaud the work and successes they achieved in Nepal. I will honour their memory and efforts by strengthening my efforts in conservation and sustainabity."
Kimberly John, TNC-Jamaica

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"Words cannot express our loss. I take solace in their good work and continue that work."
Anon., Hawaii

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"It was a great shock to hear of this tragedy. One is struck by the senseless loss of people who have dedicated their lives not only to the conservation of the world's special places, but to ensuring that the people who live there are involved and benefit from these efforts. I knew Mingma and Chandra personally because of their love of mountains. We were talking about their work at the World Commission on Protected Areas Steering Committee in Austria, which ended on Friday. I will remember them because of the songs that they sang about their countries, about the mountains.... we will continue our efforts to make the investment of their lives last forever."
Trevor Sandwith, Cape Town South Africa, Deputy Chair World Commission on Protected Areas

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"Matthew Preece - Thank you for sharing such immense love for so many things with those of us who knew you and those whom you never met. You were taken from us far too soon, but you will never be forgotten. I will smile and laugh and think of all the things so many people loved about you."
Anon.

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"I am deeply saddened by this tremendous loss to the country, and internationally. So many prominent conservationists perished together. My condolences to all immediate families of those who died in this accident."
Sanjay Nepal, Texas, USA

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"A big loss to conservation. My condolences to the families of the crash victims, WWF and Nepal. It's also a great loss to the ethnic communities of Nepal to lose their intellectuals in one blow."
R Thapa, USA

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"Thanks for all your efforts and care for Nepal. Hopefully others can follow your example and continue the conservation efforts set forth by you."
Dibya Phuyal, Chicago, USA

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"I am a friend of Mingma Shrepa and what a friend to have! His great service to the WWF and to Nepal can never be duplicated. My heart felt condolence to WWF and to his family."
Bikram P. Rana, USA

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"We are deeply sadened and offer our condolences and courage to Nepalese, to the victims' families and colleagues from Nepal and all over the world."
IUCN-CANADA (World Conservation Union
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"My dear and beloved friend Matt will be sorely missed. He always said what a great honor it was to be working for such an important cause; all 24 people were so dedicated. We all mourn this tragic event, and may we all live and continue this cause in honor of them."
Judy Cheng, USA

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"My deepest condolences for the personal losses of each family affected, for the larger, global family of WWF, and for Nepal's tragic loss of all these good people who have devoted their lives to building globally recognized models of community forestry and biodiversity conservation. I am deeply saddened by the profound loss of these great hearts and minds."
Wendy King, Santa Cruz CA USA

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I knew Dr Chandra Gurung, Country Representative of Nepal. He was an awesome man. He worked so hard to conserve wildlife in Nepal and was passionate about his country. Dr Gurung, had an infectious laugh and a beautiful smile. Having lived in Nepal, and worked with many of these people, today I am terribly sad. They were fine people.

Joanna Gurung, Sydney

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"Life can be so cruel. How could so many extraordinary conservationists die in such an accident? - and people who had committed themselves to preserving their beautiful country and to promoting respect between man and his environment. Chandra Prasad Gurung was a remarkable man who I first met when I was doing my anthropological thesis in his home village of Siklis."

"His charm, intelligence, warmth, smiling eyes and towering physique are my lasting impressions of him. He has always been a huge source of pride for the Gurung people. What a tragic loss. I hope that international donors and philanthropists will be moved by this tragedy to increase their support for Nepal's conservation efforts and to provide scholarships to promising young Nepalis to study abroad. A new generation of conservationists in Nepal is now needed more than ever."
Annabelle Newbigging, UK

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"It is indeed a great loss for Nepal and the world. May almighty god provide strength to the family members of deceased. My deepest condolence to the deceased and their family."
Anu Sharma, Nepal

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"My deepest sympathy goes to the families and friends of the heroes of conservation who perished in the crash. We are blessed to have had them as colleagues and it is because of people like them that we have a loving planet and a living planet. While we all mourn the immense loss, we take pride in knowing that they will eternally be honored for their passion and dedication to conservation. They are reunited with Mother Nature forever."
Yeb Sano, Philippines

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"I am so sorry, for the families and friends and also for conservation."
Anon, USA

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"My heart goes out to the WWF family as well as the Nepali people. If there are silver linings in these clouds, they are that these colleagues were out doing what they love, in Nepal, one of the most sacred and awe-inspiring landscapes in the world. May they rise directly from the mountains to the heavens above."
Tracy Hart, World Bank, Washington, DC

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"Dr. Harka Gurung and Dr. Chandra Gurung, two men I knew personally, both good men and good friends. A tragic loss. My deepest condolences to the families who lost their dear ones."
P Mukhia, Christchurch, NZ

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"May the spirits of these good people travel well in their new journey. They will be missed and loved even more fiercely in their passing. They are remembered with great respect and love."
Lori S., a friend of Sarah C., USA

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My husband and I cried together for the loss of such amazing people in this tragedy. Our special thoughts are with Jennifer Headley's husband, family and colleagues. May it be some small consolation to know they contributed so much more to the planet than most of us dream to do, but then again an even bigger loss is felt when their light is extinguished. I hope and pray for the continued international support of this team's (and WWF's) goals and wish all who were deeply affected by their deaths, my sincere condolences.

Leah, Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada

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"Also to Margaret Alexander, the deputy of the USAID mission in Nepal, also on the flight. With a keen understanding of the world and a love of life, she would have naturally seen the importance of the WWF mission and wanted USAID to be a part of their great work."
Laura Christa, Los Angeles, CA

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"Dear friends of WWF, We are very sad in Brazil with this traggic accident. Our most sincere and warmest condolences to all families. We must continue our work worldwide to help ease the sadness in the world and in the memory of those who lost their lives to make the world a living planet."
Estevao Braga - WWF-Brazil

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"This is incredibly sad and tragic. My thoughts are with the families who lost dear ones. Please know that their work was admired and inspirational. I first met Chandra Gurung and Mingma Sherpa as a young college student during a semester in Nepal, when they were establishing the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, which was to become a model conservation project."

"Their commitment to Himalayan conservation and to balancing the needs of humans and nature in the Himalayas inspired my subsequent academic work, and gave me hope that meeting human needs did not always mean destroying nature. All of these advocates of conservation were taken from us far too soon."
Elizabeth Allison, California, USA

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"May the Peace and Love of God be with the families who have just lost their loved ones."
Sereana Cokanasiga, Fiji. 

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"With highest respect for the knowledge, work and dedication of Chandra, Mingma, Harka, Yeshi, Jill, Jennifer, Matthew and Tirtha for the conservation of Nepal's heritage, we mourn with their families and with WWF. Irreplaceable is not enough a word to express this loss."
Brieke Steenhof, Kathmandu, Nepal

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"We are deeply filled with sorrow upon reading this terrible news. Our prayers go to families and friends of the 24 who died in Nepal. A major setback after such a celebratory event ."
Juergen Freund & Stella Chiu-Freund Australia

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"One hoped there might be survivors. But news of the fatalities confirmed our worst fears. My deepest condolences to the families of the victims, especially former colleagues at WWF."
Arun Chacko, Director, Press Institute of India, New Delhi

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The loss of those on board the helicopter is an irreparable loss not just to Nepal but to the whole human community dedicated to preserve this planet. My deepest condolences to the friends and families of the deceased. I sincerely hope the works of these men will inspire the people around the world in conserving the nature in a sustainable manner.

Sharad B. Karmacharya, Nepal

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"Matthew Preece - always quick to laugh, a fantastic story teller, and an exceptional friend. It is unfair that you departed so soon. You will continue to live on in the memory of those that loved you. You will always be remembered kindly and with great fondness by everyone you encountered. I miss you a great deal already."
JG, Boston

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"I was the WWF Everglades program officer and director between 1997 and 2003. I had the great honor of meeting Mingma Sherpa twice during that time, and was both humbled and inspired by his remarkable accomplishments. My family and I are deeply saddened by his loss and by the loss of his colleagues. We send our condolences and prayers to grieving family and friends."
Shannon Estenoz, National Parks Conservation Assoc, USA

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"Its a great set back in the field of Natural Resource management and overall development of Nepal. It’s a great loss that is beyond the words to explain. We are deeply disturbed by this tragedy. We pray their soul rest in peace. Our deep and heartfelt condolences to the families of all those who were involved in this tragic accident."
Federation of Community Forestry Users, Nepal (FECOFUN)

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"Its a big loss to the country as well as in the field of conservation throughout the world. I am deeply sadden by the loss of those prominent people aboard the helicopter and my deepest condolence to the families of the bereaved."
Paribesh Pradhan, Nepal

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"I was quiet shocked and stunned when I was hearing the news last evening on the television.This is really a very sad day for Nepal. We lost the experts for conservation .They have contributed their whole life for conservation. It takes a lots of years to recover. I send my hearty condolence to the family members at this situation.There is nothing left besides tolerating this hard situation especially at the great festival Dasain time. I prey with god give the family members the strength to tolerate at this tragic moment and the departed soul remain in devine PEACE."
Sushil Gajurel, Nepal

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"To all at WWF Nepal, We are deeply saddened by the tragic news that there are no survivors from the helicopter crash in eastern Nepal. We had been waiting on the news since the weekend. Please pass on our condolences to the family and friends of those that have lost their lives. Our thoughts are also with the staff at WWF Nepal in the aftermath of this terrible loss. This is also a devastating blow to conservation in Nepal, and in a small way the recent achievements for the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area will stand as a monument to the dedication of the many great people on board."
Richard Grimmett, Head of BirdLife International Asia Division, Tokyo

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"As a Nepali, I can feel that how much my nation and I have lost. I mourn for We are failed to protect life of our guests, friends and the true scholars of our nation. I would like to express my deep condolence to WWF for their irrepairable loss. I pray to Lord Pashupati nath for peace of departed soul and their heavenly abode and may the god bless you to give ability to change this grief as inspiration to do more which will be true tribute for the departured soul."
Madan Kumar Dangol, Kathmandu, Nepal. Now in UBC Vancouver, Canada for Further Study in Law.

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"I would like to offer my condolences to the families and co-workers of those in the tragic accident. Their loss is unimaginable and my thoughts are with them. The conservation community has also lost a significant number of dedicated professionals who made a difference and have left their mark! I had the previledge to work with some of them and know they will be greatly missed."
Rosa Lemos de Sa, The Moore Foundation

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"We at the International Primate Protection League are devastated at the loss of so many wonderful Nepali wildlife officials, citizen conservationists, reporters, and concerned international conservation workers. Our condolences go to all the affected fanilies and to all the people and wild animals who will suffer as a result of this disaster. "
Shirley McGreal, Summerville, SC, USA

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