Basa Nepal Earthquake Fund

$40,264 of $25k goal

Raised by 148 people in 24 months
Leona Hamrick  DUNEDIN, FL
Basa Village Foundation USA

According to WorldBank.org the GNI (gross national income) in Nepal was $730 in 2013.  This is compared to the USA at $43,470, and closer to Nepal, India's GNI was $1570, Bhutan's was $2330, and China's was $6560. 

Nepal is widely known to be the second poorest country in the world outside of the African countries.  Despite the widespread poverty of the country, Nepal is home to some of the kindest most caring people I have had the pleasure of meeting.  The country is warm and welcoming and the people are loving and happy. 

The huge earthquake that hit on April 25, 2015 (and the many aftershocks) has taken over 2,000 lives (a number that will likely continue to rise) and destroyed countless UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  Additionally, it  has badly damaged roads and many homes in a country that is already crippled with poor highways and limited resources. 

In the next weeks/months many groups will pop up asking for donations.  The problem with a lot of these organizations  is knowing if your money will truly help those in need.  This is where Basa Village Foundation America is truly different.  Basa Village Foundation USA has a sister foundation in Kathmandu that  has worked specifically with a small village outside of Kathmandu, Basa, for several years.  Our foundation has provided electricity, clean water, computers for the school and many other resources to help improve the lives of the people of Nepal. 

I personally promise that any money donated to this not-for-profit organization will go directly toward relief efforts in Nepal.  This tragedy is so recent we are still attempting to contact many of our friends in Nepal just to confirm they are safe.  We have asked them what we can do to help and plan to put all money raised toward specific projects to help rebuild communities, feed families and help provide shelter.  One important goal of Basa Village Foundation USA is to help the Nepalese people help themselves.  This is a dire time in this poor country and now more than ever they need the help and support of all of us. 

In a country that averages $2 a day income, even a $10 donation can go a long way.  Please help in any way you can.  When I visited Nepal in 2012 a family from Basa (that now lives in Kathmandu) opened their home to me.  They welcomed me like I was their family.  I love this country as if it were my home country and my heart breaks for the pain and suffering they are feeling right now.  Anything you can give WILL make a huge difference and Basa Village Foundation USA will make sure every single dollar counts! 

Thank you so much for your help and support!

Dr. Leona Hamrick, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA
Board Member - Basa Village Foundation USA







Why Basa matters?


The earthquake in photos - Time Life Magazine
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Update 11
Posted by Leona Hamrick
19 months ago
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Pursuant to the vote of our Board of Directors, today I wire transferred $40,000 to the account of the Basa Foundation NGO in Katmandu. Niru's team will use these funds to purchase rebuilding materials for residents of Basa and other nearby villages. Our BVF-Nepal friends will provide photos and an accounting of the funds for us.



We are still raising money, as this amount will not cover all the budgeted costs, including rebuilding the school. It will not cover the cost of a latrine project we had just begun to discuss before the earthquakes. But it was our goal and we have exceeded it. So, thank you for your efforts.



We also approved release of funds for the purchase of a brick making machine for $2,000 to go to the New Hope Foundation hospice & women's shelter.



We received an earmarked donation from fundraisers by our friend, Mary Shuller, of $4,061 for rebuilding the village of Ramati Nepal by the Hope and Peace Foundation. Per approval of our Board, I will release that same amount to contribute to that rebuilding project.



Please let me know if you have any questions. If you have anymore ideas, questions, or plans for additional contributions, our Board members are happy to help.



I'm speaking at a fundraiser in Chicago Nov 7th, so anyone in that area, let me know if you'd like an invitation/info.



Your friend,
Jeff Rasley
www.jeffreyrasley.com
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Update 10
Posted by Leona Hamrick
21 months ago
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Namaste Friends of Basa Village Foundation,

To update you on our fundraising efforts; we have raised over $37,000 - between the Go Fund Me campaign and offline donations. The Board has disbursed $2,500 to purchase and ship a brick-making machine to help rebuild New Hope Hospice, which is a shelter for girls who have been rescued from the sex trade and to women victims of domestic abuse and/or in need of assistance due to HIV/AIDS . Board member Sydney Frymire has been a friend to New Hope Hospice and we are pleased to be able to assist NHH in their effort to rebuild and continue providing shelter and aid to girls and women in distressed cirucmstances. http://www.newhopenepal.com/about/girls-home/ is the website.

We do not yet know the total amount needed to purchase materials to rebuild homes and the school in Basa, but an initial estimate is over $200,000, an amount much greater than what we expect to raise. However, our sister foundation in Nepal has also received commitments from a German and a Swiss foundation to assist with rebuilding the village. We expect to receive a precise and detailed budget in September, after the monsoon ends and when rebuilding can begin. In the meantime, villagers are living in tents, under tarps, and in the surviving school building.

Estimates of the death toll are as high as 12,000 with up to 3 million homeless. Our efforts may seem comparatively small to the need, but they are focused (as our previous projects have been). We can't restore housing, schools, water, and electricity to a whole nation, but we can wrap our arms around one village and help to bring it back to what those of us have been there know to be its previous lovely way of life.

If you belong to any organization that would be willing to host a fundraising event, I would be happy to give a talk and picture show. BVF member Tim Meyer has accompanied me to several events to provide live music.

Below is an email from Dibi Rai, a board member of BVF-Nepal.

Thanks again for your contributions.

Your friend,
Jeff Rasley, President of BVF-USA
www.jeffreyrasley.com

Hello Jeff dai
Namaste!

i came back 3 days before to Kathmandu from my village. we are fine in family and all the members in Basa. i visited in my village and took some picture. i attach to you in this mail. i met all my villagers and went their house too. i heard by phone before the second earthquake, there was 6 houses were in red category. when the second earthquake hit 12th of may, then there is only 5 house left in good condition. other houses are not collapsed but cracked very badly. which are not possible to use any more. i saw there which are in the hill-top, that's are affected so badly. we can see that house are there, but inside construction are damage. so, i think the house are not used anymore except 5 houses.now there is 62 houses in Basa. which are family user house. rocky cliff land are mostly affected and dangerous for earthquake hitting when i saw that on my visit . 350meter down to our village, i saw big long cracked of earth and already landslide from earthquake hitting. i think we will check it this coming monsoon, because, how can it;s affect or react for that cracked place in monsoon time?

we are discussing with our members, but we don't make any decision now for exact and clear decision, so, how we start our rebuilding for Basa? i can not write to you now.

our new school building part is damage but old one seems okay. we sent them Tarpaulin and they are teaching there now. school are open from yesterday(31st May). from today, i send my children to school.
electricity still working, so we are happy. thank you Jeff.

right now our water is running well, i guess the last year landslide will stop in monsoon season again because this seems repeat in monsoon time. i will send you some more picture and let us ask for more details.

your Bhai DB RAI
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Update 9
Posted by Leona Hamrick
23 months ago
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It has been a little while since I posted an update and I wanted to do that now. The board of directors for Basa Village Foundation USA had a meeting a few days ago to discuss how to move forward. Many of you might not be aware that the Nepalese government began taking all funds deposited into bank accounts of non-government organizations (NGOs) in Nepal - like our sister not-for-profit - Basa Village Foundation Nepal. As soon as we became aware of this we started to consider other ways of getting our funding directly to the people of Nepal - as we have intended since day one of this campaign.

We have been communicating, almost daily, with the members of Basa and their NGO organization to see how we can best send and utilize the money raised to help them with sustainable change.

It was established early on that immediate needs such as tents and food were being covered by other organizations so we are working hard to come up with a suitable budget and plan on how to utilize our funds best. Currently we have friends in Nepal trekking into Basa to take photographs of the damage and help us decide how we can get money directly to Basa in a usable way. We are considering ways to help rebuild homes that are more secure and likely to survive future earthquake events. We are also acutely aware that with the approaching monsoon season food and supplies might become needed.

Although I cannot yet tell you exactly how all of your donated dollars will be used, I once again assure you that every single dollar will be sent directly to Nepalese residents to help them rebuild and survive after the catastrophic events of the recent earthquakes. I thank each and every one of you for your generous donations and encourage you to share this ongoing campaign to help us continue to raise funds for this beautiful country.

One final note from the Nepalese people - Nepal is open for business!!

http://welcomenepal.com/promotional/

If you have ever considered a time to visit this amazing country now is the time to make those dreams a reality! This country survives on tourism and they need continued tourism support. We have a trekking group going in October - if anyone is interested in details please feel free to check out our website with contact information http://basavillagefoundationusa.org/about/

or contact BVF - USA President Jeff Rasley here:
http://jeffreyrasley.com/Basa%20Projects.htm

Namaste’

Dr. Leona Hamrick
Board Member – Basa Village Foundation - USA


Pictured is the Basa school - a project funded by BVF USA in 2014. Our understanding is this building is still standing and structural sound. This construction model is being considered when rebuilding homes.
Construction of Basa School
Completed school building
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Update 8
Posted by Leona Hamrick
23 months ago
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Oh! God!!!!!!!!!!!! what is happening to us in Nepal.
Again and again and again so stronger earthquake. Death and destroyed only all around, Please God stop punishing us.....
I hope all my friends you are fine.... I am leaving my apartment and moving to open field with my family at 9:23PM for safe staying. Finger cross for safe night and to see the next calm beautiful morning.

That was written today from a Nepalese friend of ours and posted to his Facebook page just hours ago.

Thanks to all who have previously helped. If you haven't donated yet but are considering please donate what you can.

Dr. Leona Hamrick
Board Member - Basa Village Foundation USA
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