Hi, I plan on going to Nepal on the 24th of July for two months to help with the earthquake response. I need some funding to do this and I would ask for a small donation to go towards my time there. I will post all updates on the blog I created www.nepalreliefproject.com so you can check in to see my progress. Below is a description of the damage the earthquake caused and the work All Hands and Room to Read are doing in Nepal. Thank you.
"On April 25th, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal near the capital city of Kathmandu, the most devastating in more than 80 years. More than 9,000 people were killed, a further 23,000 were injured and the mass destruction to infrastructure, homes, and schools was vast. Aftershocks continued to shake the country in the weeks thatfollowed causing further fear for those who left homeless and vulnerable by the initial earthquake."
"All Hands were on the ground within 48 hours, we quickly identified communities most in need and immediately began helping those who had been affected. For six months our teams assisted in safely demolishing unsafe buildings and removing rubble to enable communities to rebuild. In addition to this we built transitional shelters, resilient homes and temporary learning centres to give children a safe space following the disaster."
"As we move from response to the rebuild phase of our project, we have broadened our scope of work which will include a partnership with Room to Read, a global non-profit organization that for nearly two decades has tackled the chronic shortages of classrooms, educational materials, and teachers across the school systems of underdeveloped countries, with a special emphasis on Nepal. With over 25,000 classrooms destroyed during the dual earthquakes in April, this partnership is imperative to the countries long-term recovery and future success. Schools are central to Nepal's communities and act as a catalyst for social, gender and economic equality. With ten years of post disaster work under our belt, our teams will manage and reconstruct 5 permanent Room to Read Schools in the Nuwakot District giving thousands of children a safe structure to engage in education."
"We also will implement our Hamro Ramro Ghar (HRG) Program where we will build 50 homes in vulnerable villages with in the Sindhupalchok district. Our successful pilot project in Halchowk, Kathmandu, culminated in the construction of 35 homes, an extensive program evaluation, and the lessons learned which influenced this upgraded program."
"In addition to rebuild programs we will continue our safe demolition work across Nepal. Not only in areas convenient for us to work but also in rural remote locations. As a general rule, the higher up into the hills one goes, the poorer and more marginalized the communities become. There are many isolated communities in the higher regions that have yet to receive assistance in demolition, debris removal or rebuild. Many of these areas are only accessible by foot from the closest accessible road, calling for hikes ranging from a few hours to several days. As aresult we established a mobile demolition team that completed demolition projects in these remote locations, and a mobile debris removal team that followed after demolition was complete."
"As we embark on the long journey to help Nepal rebuild, there is still an incredible amount of work to be done. In forever challenging circumstances, we are devoted to helping affected communities regain a sense of normality and, most importantly, live safety. We can only do this with the help of people like you, people who also care and want to help the people of Nepal build back better to avoid such widespread devastation in the future."