Earthquake Relief Fund
Nepal needs your help.
In April and May 2015 Nepal suffered two devastating earthquakes. Over 9,000 people lost their lives and half a million were made homeless. Whilst initial international aid helped get temporary shelters built many people face an indefinite period in such conditions with little or no hope of restoring their former lives in the foreseeable future. Support from their government has been minimal and they are often too poor to rebuild themselves.
In response to the disaster we established the Rising Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund in May 2015. Via this effort we have undertaken to work on three major projects with which we have personal connections and can thus ensure every dollar donated goes directly to where it is most needed.
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Gyachchok is a village near Gorkha and was at the epicentre of the first quake on April 25, 2015. It was completely destroyed and we have been working with a young Nepali artist from that village to help rebuild the school, the village houses and the mini hydro plant that was providing power for cooking and lighting. We have made good progress with the hydro plant now up and running again but the work is far from completed and we desperately need help with our ongoing efforts.
This school is a Buddhist institution connected to the Buddhist community at Boudhanath, Kathmandu. The school runs entirely on donations and takes in children from remote Himalayan villages and offers them schooling and care, with some going on to study abroad. The main building of the school was damaged by the earthquake and requires repairs. Also, many of the remote villages which were devastated by the quake sent their children to Kathmandu as they could not feed and house them. This put increased pressure on the already stretched SMD School. They need all the help they can get.
Badly damaged in the second quake on 12th May 2015 this small village needs help to rebuild its shattered health post and school and repair damaged houses. With its unusual mix of caste and ethnicity it is a village which, in tragedy, has shown how ages old divisions are no hindrance to working together for the good of all. We have an Australian doctor willing to help train staff for a new health post but need to rebuild the health post. Can you help?