Help Rebuild Majhitar

Update posted by Prithvi Shrestha On Apr 30, 2016

Dear Supporters,

It has already been one year since the devastating earthquake last year in Nepal. It hit so many villages in the rural areas and Majhitar was one of them. In order to help rebuild this village, you generously supported my campaign. Your donations made a difference to people's lives in the village when no government efforts have reached them till now. I want to update you on the current situation in the village.

As some people had suspected, the government relief support to the victims of the earthquakes has not been managed well and people are still living in tents and shacks as recently reported in this BBC news by Justin Rowlatt: Nepal earthquake: Patience wearing thin one year on.

The situation is exacerbated by a drought all over the country. This is even worse in rural areas. As a result, there has been a massive shortage of drinking water in villages and this is the case in Majhitar. The water sources are drying out. People believe that this has been caused by the earthquakes. So there is an urgent need to help the people find clean drinking water in the village. I am currently exploring what is possible to do.

As I had noted in my previous updates here and elsewhere, the people are not allowed to build any concrete homes due to the plan to construct a hydropower dam on the Budhi Gandaki River (see picture 3 below) which flows along Majhitar. The electricity authority has started the process of acquiring the land for the project by publishing names of the land owners. Yet, people are not told when they have to move to another place and where. All this makes lives even harder. So any support we can offer to these people will be very much appreciated. Please encourage your family, friends and networks to donate and support my campaign for getting drinking water for the village.

The pictures below shows how the donated metal sheets are used by a family.


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Update posted by Prithvi Shrestha On Jan 09, 2016

A workshop was organised to boost the confidence of the earthquake affected teachers of Namjung, Gorkha, Nepal on 7 January 2016. It was designed to help these teachers to improve their motivation and teach more creatively in their classrooms. There were 51 teachers from the schools in the village. They came from one higher secondary school and five primary schools. The teachers' general reaction was very positive towards the workshop and they want more such training in future. We hope to identify their further needs through a survey and possibly organise more in the future if we are able to raise more funds.

We will also continue to help the villagers and the school. So if you are able to donate more, please do as much as you can and spread the word to your friends and networks.

Thank you

Prithvi Shrestha

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Update posted by Prithvi Shrestha On Oct 09, 2015

Dear supporters and well-wishers,

Apologies for the long silence but I got very busy with work. This note is to let you know that I am going to my village again today to see how things are. I will also be visiting the secondary school that I am supporting and donating further to it for the reconstruction work. I will be reporting back on the progress when I come back to the UK towards the end of this month (October). Once again my sincere thanks and gratitude to you all for supporting the cause.

You may be aware that due to the fuel crisis that Nepal is currently facing and the political war over the new constitution the plight of the earthquake victims is almost forgotten by those who are in power int he country. So, once again, I would appeal to you for any support you can give so that I can continue my rebuilding work in the village. Many thanks.

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Update posted by Prithvi Shrestha On May 25, 2015

Dear Friends of Majhitar,

Today marks 31 days after the disaster struck Majhitar and Nepal (and another aftershock of 4.3 RS felt in my home district today). I have some updates on the progress. In consultation with the Relief Support committee in Majhitar, I have decided to spend the donations collected on buying corrugated iron sheets (coloured which is better quality) for 56 houses in Majhitar. Currently, two members of the committee are exploring the suppliers in the area for the rate and the time they take to supply. Depending on the fund left, the fund will also be spent on buying cement for each house. Additionally, about 700 will be donated to rebuilding the library of the secondary school in the village where I graduated from. It was also completely destroyed by the earthquake last month

I will be posting more updates here, on the Facebook group page and my blog.

Warmest wishes,

Prithvi.

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Update posted by Prithvi Shrestha On May 17, 2015

Dear Friends of Majhitar,

Once again, I would like to thank you wholeheartedly for your kind donations to wards my cause.

A quick update on where things are in terms of the work in the village: The second earthquake on 12 May sent strong tremors across the country including Majhitar. This worsened the situation in many parts of the country. But I am glad that everyone in the village remained safe. There is plenty of clean drinking water and food. No injuries were reported. I understand that the first batch of relief support supply (two mosquito nets and one solar lantern to each of the affected families) were very much appreciated as being timely and very useful.

A committee was sent up and the first committee meeting strongly suggested that the village needs new houses for people as the temporary houses will no last long especially as the monsoon is coming soon. So, I have been advised that using the funds I have raised for buying building materials (i.e., corrugated iron sheets for the roof and if the fund allows cement) will be the most effective. Currently I am working with the committee to explore suppliers of these building materials. I will update more when I have the news.

Please visit the Facebook Group page or my blog regularly where I update as things happen.

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Update posted by Prithvi Shrestha On May 12, 2015

Dear Well-Wishers,

I noticed that there was an error in the amount of offline donations I stated in the email sent out to you on 10 May 2015. By mistake, I added the donation made by the German rotary club to the first offline donation amount and listed the club donation separately as well: 

1)Cash and cheque donations including bank transfer (Open University colleagues mainly): 5,420

2)Rotary Club (Diepholz-Vechta, Germany): 720

So the total offline donation was 5,420 as of 10 May 2015, NOT 6,120. To keep things transparent, I thought I would let you know.

My apologies for any confusion caused.

Warm regards,

Prithvi.

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Update posted by Prithvi Shrestha On May 11, 2015

Dear Friends of Majhitar,

For any updates on the ground in Majhitar, please visit our Facebook Group page Help rebuild Majhitart Gorkha Nepal if you are a Facebook user. 

If you do not use Facebook, please visit visit my blog here where I have started posting updates.

Once again, we are very grateful for your kind donations.

Warmest regards,

Prithvi Shrestha on behalf of the people of Majhitar.

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Update posted by Prithvi Shrestha On May 05, 2015

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Update posted by Prithvi Shrestha On May 05, 2015

Dear Wellwishers,

Due to the limit imposed by PayPal on the fundraising account, it is not possible to make payments for donations. I hope this will be resolved by the afternoon today 5 May 2015. I spoke to them yesterday.

I am very sorry for any inconvenience.

Warm regards,

Prithvi 

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We forget how difficult it is to rebuild a life and a community if it is not ours. It is good to know that people are working to help life go on!

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