Earthquake Relief for NEPAL

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Raised by 139 people in 47 months
Neena Gurung, Jyotsna Dhakal, Nischal Neupane, and I (Kisha Pradhan) have created this gofundme account in order to help our people back home in the best way we can. 

A massive 7.8 Richter scale earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, 2015. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the death count has reached 5,057, injured- 10,1915 , and internally displaced 454,769. Many remote villages outside of Kathmandu have not been searched entirely and very less rescue efforts have been made. 

Millions of people are affected and the government has declared a state of emergency in the affected areas. People have lost shelters, food, and their loved ones. Hospitals are inundated with the victims and there is shortage of medical supplies.

Update: In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake, Nepal has been getting overwhelming support. Kathmandu has received attention, but remote areas hit hard by the earthquake have not, one of the reasons being their inaccessibility. There is still an immediate need of search and rescue, food items, clean water, blankets and tarps, and basic medical supplies in these areas.

When the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit, Nischal Neupane, a friend of ours from Kathmandu happened to be traveling in the Gorkha district, which is 100 kilometers north-west of Kathmandu, and was the epicenter of the earthquake. Nischal gave us a first hand account of how dire the need of relief efforts and aid is in the remote villages. He is gathering volunteers to head up to the quake-hit remote villages with supplies and medication. In our attempt to avoid organizations with enormous overhead, administrative costs or where supplies and aid might get lost in translation, we have decided to direct our funds towards Nischal and his group's efforts to bring aid to the villages where it is needed the most.

The links below provide more detail on how aid is struggling to reach quake-hit remote villages:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/28/world/asia/nepal-earthquake.html

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-28/nepal-earthquake-authorities-struggle-to-reach-gorkha/6427620

Four-month old baby rescued by the members of ‪‎Nepal‬ army  alive from the rubble in Bhaktapur.
(More here: http://bit.ly/1EAmqwV




Thank you so, so much for any help you can offer.

Nepal needs help.
Please keep Nepal and Nepalese in your thoughts.
If you have any questions, please contact us through facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/kisha.pradhan





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Nischal says:
I hope you find it in you to forgive me for the lack of updates, given the situation and the all-too-frequent aftershocks and the paranoia and confusion that reigned over our little speck of a country for the last month or so.
Can’t thank everybody enough for the compassion and the trust they put on us. I have nothing but a measly thankyou for the donors; does it multiply in value exponentially if I repeat it over and over again? One thankyou just doesn’t seem to suffice!
Now that I have had time to sit down and reflect about the past month, I have a feeling that I might just gale you with too many words and end up overwhelming you. So let’s do infographics, pretty handy these things are:


Let me clarify a few things real quick:
The relief effort reached 10 districts (we have 75 in Nepal) and to 55 villages (we have a ton of those, about 4000). The figures, in no way, are suggesting that we covered all these districts and villages. We were able to help 4570 families and 22850 individuals. Emergency shelter was tarpaulin sheets with ropes. Beaten rice is flattened rice, doesn’t need to be cooked, can be eaten like muesli- raw or soaked in milk or milk tea. ORS packets are Oral Rehydration Packets. I don’t know if the volunteer hours info is accurate, my friend came up with it because he thought it was a good idea. Also, let’s ignore “dispersed”, shall we? And Rs 3144790 is about $31000. The $6000 you sent my way was a big chunk of the funds we were able to raise. There was another online campaign that was raising funds in conjunction with our efforts. A lot of friends from abroad sent in money directly because they wanted to get it quicker to us. A lot of help also came from Kathmanduites who came up to us with money, shook our hands and then gave us a pat on the back for the good work we were doing. That felt good.
The relief efforts have stopped now and the group is on course to dissipate now. That was our thing when we started, we wanted to be redundant as soon as we could. I think we are close to that.
A few of us are going to dedicate the next few months for the rebuilding process. We have identified a primary school in Rasuwa district and are going to help it get back on its feet. We are in talks with a potential funder and have started to set up another fundraising effort as well. More on that when that happens.
Thanks for the help! It was amazing. I have come out of this a bit changed for the better) I think, there were a lot of emotions in the mix, frustration being the most dominantly flavored. Also learnt soo much about the (in)efficacy of Red Cross and all these humanitarian efforts. But that is another story, too long to tell here.
Will stay in touch.
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We wanted to share a quick update on where the funds are being used.
Nischal says, "Made some progress today. Four guys are headed to a village in Nuwakot tomorrow morning. We managed to get those tarpaulin sheets, just bought 800 kg chiura (flattened rice), and have a few blankets to send. Another crew is setting up to go to this small village in Kavre. Will probably leave tomorrow as well. Bought mats, food, medical supplies, and have a vehicle ready. Now, we will focus on getting more supplies, and identify places to go intervene."

This would not have been possible without the generous contributions we have had so far. But we still have a long way to go and will deeply appreciate any help you can offer.

You can also visit this page for more updates.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Immediate-Earthquake-Relief-for-Rural-Nepal/1567300800200783
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In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake, Nepal has been getting overwhelming support. Kathmandu has received attention, but remote areas hit hard by the earthquake have not, one of the reasons being their inaccessibility. There is still an immediate need of search and rescue, food items, clean water, blankets and tarps, and basic medical supplies in these areas.

When the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit, Nischal Neupane, a friend of ours from Kathmandu happened to be traveling in the Gorkha district, which is 100 kilometers north-west of Kathmandu, and was the epicenter of the earthquake. Nischal gave us a first hand account of how dire the need of relief efforts and aid is in the remote villages. He is gathering volunteers to head up to the quake-hit remote villages with supplies and medication. In our attempt to avoid organizations with enormous overhead, administrative costs or where supplies and aid might get lost in translation, we have decided to direct our funds towards Nischal and his group's efforts to bring aid to the villages where it is needed the most.

The links below provide more detail on how aid is struggling to reach quake-hit remote villages:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/28/world/asia/nepal-earthquake.html

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-28/nepal-earthquake-authorities-struggle-to-reach-gorkha/6427620
Credit Sajjad Hussain/Agence FrancePress
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We've decided to contribute a part of our fund ($1,000) to the relief efforts of Umesh Pradhan, a Nepali Government Medical Officer, in Kathmandu. He is currently on the ground providing medical aid to over 300 displaced Nepalis currently being sheltered at the Creme Boarding Ambiance School in Manamaiju, Kathmandu.

For information please contact Ujjwal Pradhan.
Email: upradhan@hamilton.edu
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I keep you all in my prayers every night!

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