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(see photos below) Frankly, it felt too risky to take another group to Nepal in 2015. The 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit on April 25, 2015, and its continuing aftershocks over many months meant traveling there would be riskier than … Continue reading
One of the options we’ve discussed is the import of a manual brick making machine (s) that would be invaluable to Dadagaun (and indeed other villagers) so that they can recycle the original mud bricks that they have in their existing houses and then make new and stronger bricks and reinforce them with steel and cement. Below is a dropbox folder so that everyone can take a look at the machines. The biggest hurdle seems to be the transport and import of these into Nepal but we are working on that through a number of contacts. We were able to buy six machines and rebuilding is well underway.
Christine and Kurt in Australia, continue to spearhead our fundraising efforts to help Dadagaun Village rebuild. Small groups in the USA and Steve’s contacts in England are also raising funds to help Dadagaun rebuild. The orphanage has received some significant financial aid and are well underway with rebuilding using prefab panels (donated from a group in Oman) and the existing steel frame which remained unscathed after the quakes. Rebuilding will begin in the fall after the monsoons end.
We are being careful to make sure donations will be shared among the villagers and the orphanage fairly and insuring those with the most need are recieve adequate help. We are taking our time to determine just how to do this. A friend of Christine’s, Bruce Davidson, who is very experienced working in community development is willing to act as our representative and spend 6 weeks this summer interviewing villagers in Dadagaun. He has worked in poor countries like Africa, developing countries like Fiji, rural areas of Australia and as the Head of the Local Council (perhaps like VDC) in a busy place called Noosa. We are lucky to have his help if the villagers agree, he could assess the needs of individual families, look at their requests, help them with applications for financial support and distribute funds.
Go Philanthropic seleced Dadagaun Village School and Orphanage as a project-below is an update from Steve, in Nepal.
We are trying assess the needs and requirements which I am sure you will appreciate are many.
There are almost 50 houses in the Village that were badly damaged and rendered unsafe. I have heard that the government has announced they will provide around US$ 2000 per household to re-build. It is estimated that a simple 2 room structure will cost around US$ 6000.00
The Orphanage needs to be completely rebuilt. A preliminary estimate has been put at between US$ 15-20,000. I am trying to get Dhorje and Ramesh to ascertain what assistance they will get from the government and other supporters. Fortunately it seems that the Iron roof structure is stable and the main requirement is the surrounding walls which could be a pre-fabricated structure.
The school seemed to survive the Quake quite well but there is a wall that need re-building. I expect this to cost around US$ 250.00.
I have discussed with Dhorje, the Principle of the school, to possibly raise funding to have a paid admin staff to help them with accounts and record keeping etc. I would estimate that a the salary for such a person would be around US$ 150.00 per month.
A MUST read for anyone considering volunteering in Nepal (and other developing countries). http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/…/want-to-help-the-children-of-nepa…/
The photos in the previous post are of the Orphanage in Dadagaun Village, located in the foothills in Nepal. These are the children we assist when we travel there.
In 2013, we traveled to Basa Village because Jeff Rasely invited me to be on the board of his foundation to assist Basa. The goal is for Basa to be self-sustaining. Depending on how things shake out in Nepal, I’m planning to join Jeff’s group to trek to Basa again. We have staggeringly beautiful views of Everest and the surrounding giant mountains and trek through untouched country side.
Our main contact in Nepal, Niru Rai, Chairman of BVF-Nepal reports that Basa village has suffered catastrophic damage from the earthquake. So, the specific goal of this fundraising campaign will be to help re-build Basa and to restore the village school, hydro-electric system, water system, smokeless stoves and the other village infrastructures the BVF-USA has supported. We won’t distribute any funds until we can make a meaningful assessment of needs of the village and, as is our practice, our Board will be guided by our friends in Nepal to determe how we can best help the villagers of Basa.
GoFundMe account Link: http://www.gofundme.com/basanepal
Or, you can make donations direct to the Foundation.
Check payee: Basa Village Foundation
Mail care of: Jeff Rasley, 6422 Ralston Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46220 For more information about Basa Village,
Below is Niru’s response to Jeff’s email letting him know we are raising money to help rebuild the village, so when you can let us know what is needed. We would like to help rebuild in ways that will
better protect the houses, and school in case of future earthquakes. If
any local engineers or experts are recommending how to make structures
stronger using local materials, we will want to report that to our
Dear Jeff, Namaste!
Thanks for your kind message.
I just checked again in Basa by phone and we can confirm that the School building is fine and no damage there.
Only the homes of the people have been damaged and destroyed.
Yes the water and electric system are also okay.
Depending on the fund and budget available we will have to plan for rebuilding Basa village in such a way that for future it can be safe in such or even worse condition of earthquakes. At the moment we haven’t planned or even thought how to rebuild the village in much safer way so, we will have to see the condition of all the homes in Basa and also how much fund we have etc then we can plan together something suitable. If you guys from there have any suggestion for how to make the homes more safer then kindly let us know, it will be very great to have your suggestions too.
Thank you very much for your so kind supports and help always.
A small group just had dinner at Shangri La restaurant in Bethesda. Lok Tiwari, the owner spent some time with us talking about the situation in Nepal. He wanted me to tell you that if you visit Shangri La or Ghar E Kabob in Silver Spring, he will donate 30% of the bill will be donated to relief in Nepal. He is leaving for Nepal by mid week with a team of 80 Nepalese Americans to work in Nepal. They are partnering with UNICEF (since they are already working in Nepal) to buy medications, water, and emergency relief kits to help distribute since they speak the language and know their way around. He assures me that 100% of the money donated will be used in Nepal. Many of you have asked me where you can donate. I recommend his group. Here is his message and the link:
I REQUEST ALL NEPALI ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS IN THE USA TO MAKE A LARGE JOINT RELIEF COMMITTEE IN COORDINATION WITH NRN NCC OF USA FOR RELIEF EFFORTS.PLEASE SEND NAMES OF INTERESTED TO HELP AT Loktiwari@gmail.com
IN THE MEAN TIME PLEASE USE FOLLOWING:
NRN NCC OF USABANK OF AMERICA, ACCOUNT 4830 5531 9855
ROUTING NO 021 000 322
In addition, donation boxes have been set up at http://nrnnccusa.org/donation/ If you wish to obtain a receipt for tax deduction purposes, please send your bank-in slip @firstname.lastname@example.org
Before the earthquake, I’d already decided my group would join Jeff Rasely’s group trekking to Basa Village in October. We plan to stay a few extra days to attend the Second Annual Benefit concert for Dadagaun School. We are in a wait and see situation right now. Our help is needed more than ever because the orphanage needs to be rebuilt. The kids are sleeping out under a couple tents given by the army but they are far from adequate. They are ok for now but the situation will become more difficult as time passes.
One boy was under some falling rubble but was pulled out and was not seriously injured.The school appears to be remarkably unscathed from the outside.The school principal’s home and it is badly cracked and unsafe. He will need to rebuild it. the same goes for several other of the village houses but remarkably others seem undamaged.
The quake really shook the Shivapuri hills…. I got the impression more than down on the flat areas of KTM but who knows. All three buildings at Shivapuri heights (the lodge where we stay in the foothills above Kathmandu) have been damaged. The original Cottage seems to have been the least affected apart from most of the tiles having been shaken off. The little Cottage have suffered quite badly with serious cracks in the lounge area and a partial collapse of the verandah. The new house has suffered some bad cracks on the upper portion and will need some serious repair work before it can be deemed safe to live in again…. this is all of course assuming that there will be no more serious quakes or even tremors which seems to be affecting many of the buildings in KTM…. there is fear that many more will collapse over time…
Our music/dance program was more successful than anyone imagined it would be. While we were there we had a chance to get to know many of the musicians. They are the most gracious people we’ve ever met. Thanks to your generous donations ( which I carried with me to deposit directly into the school’s bank account.) 14 bansuris (flutes), 10 sarangis and four drums were purchased for the children we work with in Nepal. There was enough money to pay schools fees for 36 orphans. ($52/child/year)
The staff, children and group members are thrilled. High quality, beautifully made instruments were purchased directly from the artists below budget and retail cost. The music teacher hired to teach the children for one year, Arjune Chandaba, helped find some of the instruments, carved some of the sarangis himself and will help maintain them. We’re planning another concert in 2015 and hope the children can play for us.
Here is a link to see pictures and videos of our experience. You’ll see concert photos, Arjune sitting in the back of the truck with the instruments, several of us carrying them to the school through the village, the instruments and the children learning to use them. We had a fund raising concert and raised more money to contribute in case more instruments are needed. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7jnw2mrenelghno/AACHo41R-ZxN36uS9hroUHsxa?dl=0
So much enthusiasm and interest was generated the day before we left Nepal, several members in our group volunteered to do more fund raising for a private non-profit working with human traffic victims in Nepal. This was a big surprise for me. Since we’ve been back, we raised another $2,500 selling bracelets. As you’ve probably gathered by now, a little bit of money goes a very long way in Nepal!