Sansar Nepal Update 15th May 2015
It has now been almost three weeks since the first earthquake hit, and it is time to give some feedback on what has been accomplished with your donations, what is currently happening, what is being planned in the short term, and some longer-term possibilities that we are considering.
The response to our appeal for funds to support our emergency relief work with local initiatives has been overwhelming and truly heart-warming. We sincerely appreciate your generosity and the trust that you have placed in us to make sure that your important donations are used to bring relief to those most in need.
Immediately after the earthquake struck, numerous local relief drives were launched by small groups of friends, businesses, hotels, churches, local charities etc., both in Pokhara and Kathmandu. We at Sansar Nepal had to decide which of these we could and would support, and, to help this process, we came up with several criteria on which to base these decisions. The people initiating the relief effort should…
- be known and trusted by us, have a track record in humanitarian work, or be people known to and recommended by them;
- have concrete information about a certain village, or villages, which had either not yet received any help, or had received insufficient help;
- know exactly what was needed the most, and by how many households;
- know where to procure the supplies, and be able to provide lists and receipts;
- have a plan for transporting, delivering and distributing the supplies effectively.
We also wanted to encourage and support the young members of our Garden family and their friends who wished to participate in relief efforts.
What has been accomplished
Based on these criteria, Sansar Nepal has so far supported the following relief efforts:
- Delivery of food and tents to the villages of Bharchok and Kharibot in the Kavre district, organised and delivered by our home manager, Roshan (Leela) Gautam, and our Sansar Nepal board member, Aaditya Chand.
- Delivery of food and clothing to the village of Panchkhal near Dhulikel, Kathmandu, for 30 families, organised and delivered by our friend Nisha Rai, from Kathmamdu.
- Relief drive to the village of Fugei, Gorkha district, organised the Himalayan Evangelical Church, headed by Pastor John, a friend of our family, some of whom attend the church.
- Delivery of food to the village of Baguwa, Nuwakot, organised by Govinda Lal Shrestha, friend of Rishi Poudel from the Peace Eye Guest House in Pokhara.
- Relief drive to the villages of Takukot and Mikot, organised by Madan Sharma of the Vardan Resort, with the Pokhara Rotary Club and Nepal Bharat (India) Friendship Association, packed and delivered by members of Sansar Nepal. (See a previous update.)
- Relief drive to Lamjung organised for 300 families by Bimala and Govinda Gurung and their Helping Hands group from Kathmandu.
- Food and tents for 120 people delivered to village of Kalika, one of the villages close to Pokhara affected by the earthquake, organised with Madan Sharma, Rotary Club Pokhara and the Nepal Bharat Friendship Association.
The sponsorship amount we contributed was based on need, the funding that the other organisations had already collected, and how much disposable funding we had to offer at the time. The amounts donated ranged from 25,000 to 80,000 rupees (USD 250 to USD 800).
What is happening currently
- Gandakhi Regional District Hospital has received 150 injured earthquake victims from the villages of Barpak and Lapak, and is taking care of them. It costs 20,000 rupees (USD 200) per day to provide two meals for these extra people, and Sansar Nepal has agreed to cover the costs for one day per week for the next few months.
- We have agreed to pay the government school fees for a boy who lost his father in the earthquake and is currently living with his mother and relatives in Pokhara.
- Tomorrow or the day after supplies will be sent to Thumi, courtesy of the Rotary, Nepal-Bharat (India) Friendship Association and Sansar Nepal. Soma will be going with them. (More here…)
- We are planning a relief drive early next week to the village of Dhaibung in the Raswa district, a Dalit (untouchable) village of 724 houses, which is in a very bad condition and up to the 6th May had received no aid whatsoever. 300 people were killed and almost all the houses razed to the ground. (See the report from Saraswati Pratikshya). This drive is being organised by our friend Bicky, with the assistance of another UK NGO, and Sansar Nepal.
Future aid, educational sponsorship and school reconstruction
- Since the second earthquake occurred on 12th May, Nepal has been plunged back into emergency mode. Prior to this, Michelle and Soma met with the heads of Little Step Boarding School, which was attended by one of our sponsored children, to discuss how Sansar Nepal might work with them and the other schools in the Pokhara private sector, including Himanchal School, in the rebuilding process, or in some other way. We were told that the private schools had been approached and each asked to take in 20 children orphaned by the quake as boarders, up to SLC (School Leaver’s Certificate) level at the end of Class 10. Whilst the schools are willing to cover part of the costs, Sansar Nepal could also provide sponsorship for these children.
- Little Step School plans to sponsor the rebuilding/repair of one or more village schools after the emergency is passed, and would welcome the support and participation of Sansar Nepal.
- Sansar Nepal has offered the provision of temporary accommodation at The Garden for children left homeless by the earthquake. We are waiting to hear if our offer will be taken up.
We extend our most sincere thanks for all the generous donations which have made this work possible, and the funds will be desperately needed in the months ahead when the emergency relief stage has passed. For now, we are still responding to the calls for emergency supplies, and especially for robust tents which are essential for the approaching monsoon months. Already, some of the lightweight tarpaulins have been blown away in pre-monsoon storms or have holes and are no longer watertight.
There is a lot going on – please check back for regular updates.