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

"We are a great network and I feel very sorry for this terrible loss. My support and understanding is with their families and colleagues"
Margarita de Cos, WWF-Spain

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"I am deeply saddened by the recent tragic loss. That so many individuals so dedicated to the conservation field should perish at the same time is almost inconceivable. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for the loss of these great individuals and for the sorrow that their families are experiencing."
Dr. Sarad Paudel, Assistant Lecturer, Himalayan College of Agriculture Sciences and Technology, Bhaktapur

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"My condolences to the families and friends of the deceased. I would also like to express my gratitude to all the deceased for their contribution to conservation."
Ajay Desai

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"I offer my heartfelt sympathy and prayers for all affected by this loss. May it ease your pain and grief to understand that their care and vision will live large through your continued works toward a better life, for all life. Take my love Ghana, to be amongst your people with the same courage which has brought you here. Namaste."
Tim. Tasmania, Australia

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"So sad :( "
Finland, Helsinki

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"Dear friends: I cannot imagine the hard lesson that life teaches us, for the loss of our dear beings, however, the same life also teaches us that it is also beautiful to give your life for others. I cannot make it in words, but inside my heart I pray to God that this sacrifice of love is compensated to achieve a better world for all - in their memory. God bless all."
David Arevalo, Cochabamba, Bolivia

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"I was grieved to hear about this terrible accident. Conservation in general and especially Nepal needed people like them, even more now. I feel very sad for their family too."
Burgelin Sylvie, Sallanches, France

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"This is such a sad loss, my heart goes out to all the friends and family of those involved. I met Chandra a number of times and always found him kind, charming and so passionate about the work being done in Nepal."
Nicola Brewerton, formerly WWF-UK

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"My sincere Condolences."
Katja Koskinen, Finland

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"My family and I were deeply saddened to hear this terrible news and we want WWF and the families and friends of the Chandra Gurung, Mingma Norbu Sherpa, Harka Gurung, Yeshi Lama, Jill Bowling Schlaepfer, Jennifer Headley and Matthew Preece to know that we are thinking of them and know that their loved ones were doing important work for the future of Nepal and us all. The world needs more people like these, not less. Our condolences to you all."
Edwina Jenkins, Australian living in Montreal, Canada

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"Our thoughts are with you"
Churchill Wild and Webber's Lodges

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"Our heartfelt condolences to all family members, as this is a very sad time. It is a tragedy and all will be sadly missed. We could not thank them enough for all the work they had done for wildlife conservation, and it's future."
Wendy cashmore. London, Ontario, Canada

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"You are held within my thoughts and prayers. I pray for the strength the families of these wonderful individuals must find."
Jane Martin, Dallas, Texas

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"My deepest sympathies to the families of the crash victims. Their contribution will be remembered."
Joni Pispala, Finland

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"This is a very sad and heartening incident for the whole team of WWF and people linked to it. But the work shouldn't stop. This the best we can do to bring peace to their souls."
Prachi Kaushik, India

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Dear Colleagues at WWF, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of one of your own last week. I know this is a tragic loss to many on a personal level and for the conservation community as a whole. My thoughts and prayers are for deep and substantial healing of this wound.

Dave Pearce, Forest Conservation Analyst, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Wildlands League Chapter, Toronto, Ontario

"I feel so sad and sorry. I thank them for all their efforts to save our planet."
Niina Virtanen, Helsinki, Finland

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"My deepest sympathy for the families of the deceased and WWF Nepal."
Madeleine, Switzerland

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"Thank you for all of your hard work."
J Jackson, Vancouver, Canada

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"My thoughts & prayers are with you and your loved ones. This is a great loss."
Eva-Mai Fortune, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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"I received this information sadly that our beloved conservationists passed away in a helicopter crash I send my condolences  to the head of the state of Nepal and wish that their soul rest in peace. Amen "
Sebastian masanilo, Moshi, Tanzania

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"It is very tragic but life's like that, one never knows what's in store. We can only pray that their soul rest in peace."
Sushil KC, Nepal

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"My sincere condolences to the people deceased in the crash. What happened is truly unfair, the earth need engaged people like them. Jill, you changed my family. You were so cheerful, enthusiastic, nice and simple, always reconciling people instead of dividing them. Everyone loved you very much. We already miss you. I hope you and your colleagues rest in peace. We will never forget you."
Sushil KC, Nepal

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"I am so sorry to hear this. May God stand by the families of the WWF staff who lost their lives tragically in Nepal. I will pray for them and their families. I am truly touched by what has taken place."
Mona Iyer, Australia

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"To the entire WWF Nepal team, and the families of the lost ones. My condolences, and wishes for strength during this hard time. My prayers are with you."
Jyoti, WWF South Pacific

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"My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who knew these great people. The world suffers a loss any time it loses a flower."
Karyn - Calgary, AB CA

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"Heartfelt condolence. Nepal mourns the untimely & sudden demise of Dr. Chandra Prasad Gurung, country representative, WWF-Nepal. we also grieve the untimely and sudden departure of all those personalities in the same tragic helicopter crash on 22 Sep, 2006. We pray to god that departed souls find eternal peace and give all bereaved families the strength to bear the irreparable loss. We extend our heartfelt condolence to all of their families and respective institution at this hour of grief."
JAGAT K. BHUSAL, General Secretary, Society of Hydrologists and Meteorologists, Soham, Nepal.

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"I'm so sorry."
Tuula Myllymäki, Finland

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"During the aftermath of this tragic loss, it is important to remember the wonderful and honorable lives that these brilliant people lead. In memory of Jill, I am privileged to have got to know her and will always remember her positive and upbeat approach to life. She had such a big heart and a smile so warm that it will live on in our thoughts."
Paul Kenyon, Godalming, UK

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"I can't forget the day of the tragic helicopter crash. The day when we lost 24 specialists working in the field of environmental resource conservation including the WWF staff. In this great loss, I express my condolence to them and their families. God provide them with great tolerance. And may we never be faced such events in the future."
Mohan Chandra Bishwokarma, Institute of Forestry, Hetauda campus, Hetauda

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"I was deeply saddened to hear the news and wanted to express my condolences to the friends and families of the bereaved. They truly were an inspiration to us all and will be sadly missed. I hope that you may find strength with the memories and achievements they left behind forever."
Vivienne Moir, Former WWF employee (2002-2005)

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It is with great sadness that we heard of the helicopter tragedy in Nepal which took the lives of the team of dedicated WWF conservationists Chandra Gurung, Mingma Norbu Sherpa, Harka Gurung, Yeshi Lama, Jill Bowling Schlaepfer, Jennifer Headley and Matthew Preece.

We, as an environment organization engaged in activities in Sri Lanka are similar to those your the team in the ill-fated helicopter, while understanding the terrible setback and shock this must be to your organization and your future of conservation of natural resources around the world, know that you will find the strength to carry on and ensure that the work that those who lost their lives with be continued to fruition. While we sympathize with every single member of your organization our hearts our more with the families of your staff members who lost their lives in their hour of sorrow. Please accept our sincere condolences.

Staff of the Green Movement of Sri Lanka

"It is hard to imagine such a loss in one stroke, for Nepal and conservation in general. For me on a personal level, I cannot believe that Jill Bowling, for whom I worked so happily with enormous admiration, is no longer here, generous with her time to listen and discuss. A skilled manager and a truly fine person, Jill certainly leaves the world a little less bright."
FB, Switzerland

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"It was a privilege to have known, worked with, and learned from Mingma and Chandra for more than twenty years. They were extraordinary people and conservationists. They will have a lasting place in the history of Himalayan conservation for their accomplishments with community-based conservation in Annapurna Conservation Area and in Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park and Buffer Zone."

"It was fitting that they were together in Ghunsa on behalf of WWF to mark the handing over of management authority in Kanchenjunga Conservation Area to local communities and to celebrate the establishment of Nepal's first indigenously-managed protected area."

"I hope that their example and their loss will inspire many of us to redouble our efforts on behalf of linking conservation, communities, and respect for both indigenous peoples and nature. I send my deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of all the conservationists who perished in the catastrophe last Saturday. It was a dark day for Nepal, global conservation, and for all of us."
Stan Stevens, Associate Professor of Geography, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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"I would like to express my heartfelt condolences towards the great loss of our national & international conservationists in the helicopter crash in Dhunsa, Taplejung. Let us pray that their soul rest and peace and wish for strength for their families. Let us join hands to fulfill the dream of these conservationists."
Manjur Ahamad, B.Sc. Forestry, IOF, Hetauda, Nepal

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"My heartfelt condolences on the loss of such committed people."
David P. Kramer, South Africa

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"A colossal loss indeed. My heartfelt condolences and deepest respect from the inner core of my heart to all those who passed away, including my student Hem Raj Bhandari. I pray God for the eternal peace of the departed souls and for providing enough strength to bear this irreparable loss to the bereaved families. The nation shall not forget your contribution in the field of conservation. "
N M Shrestha, Vice-Principal (HSL), Budhanilkantha School and the ecoclub coordinator

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"Toute mes sincere condolence a vous . Desole, mais jespre que sa va continuer comme avant."
Anon.

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"My prayers go out to the family and friends of all those whose lives were cut short in this terrible tragedy. The world thanks you for your heroic efforts and you will always be remembered."
Jennifer, Toronto, Canada

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"People worldwide mourn over the loss of these protectors. We value their contributions. We will carry on the important work that these people had done - conserving the planet."
Wan Ling, Singapore

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