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Help Nepal Earthquake Survivors

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Raised by 79 people in 37 months
I was born and brought up in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, and moved to Australia with my husband and my son eight years ago. I went back to Nepal to attend my brother’s wedding in April. I was supposed to come back with sweet memories and photos of the wedding, but instead I am here with horrendous memories of Earthquake that shook the whole country, including parts of Tibet and India, killing more than 6,100 people so far. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake followed by hundreds of aftershocks was enough to drench every bit of hope of a common Nepali in the affected areas.

It has been a tough time for Nepalese people whose life crumbled after the tragedy. People lost their loved ones, their homes and thousands were injured. I was caught in the scene as the earth shook with thunderous roar sending everything that stood on it (houses, trees, electricity poles etc.) into a swinging action unlike anything I had ever witnessed before. The cry of my family members in fear of losing their loved ones and the terror that loomed in their faces was incomprehensible. Those around me needed immediate help, and we did the best we could at that time to ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing.

The current state of the country is beyond imagination and the situation of people in rural Nepal is heartbreaking. After Day 6 of earthquake, still the government and foreign relief material and rescue have not reached these places. It is understandable that due to the complexities involved in managing such large projects and distribution of aid material at Government level requires appropriate planning, which can take some time. The affected now need more help than ever…fast. So I have joined hands with some families and friends in Nepal to help the impacted people in rural areas with the contributions that we can collect. We have already started taking food materials, tents and medicines to some of these areas. Having observed that thousands of people have been left homeless with nowhere to hide, we have plans to focus primarily on, but not limited to, providing

·        tents/temporary shelters
·        food
·        water purification tablets,
·        disinfectants for temporary shelters
·        donations to re-build the homes for the affected

I urge everyone including my friends and their families to contribute to this worthy cause. Let us join hands in helping our Nepalese brothers and sisters recover from their traumatic experiences. Every donation, no matter how big or small, will be received with much appreciation. 

Please feel free to share it with your friends and families, who are willing to help.

Thanking you all in advance.

Brinda Shrestha
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Recently we have funded temporary shelters for three families whose houses were damaged by the earthquake. I have known some of them since my childhood days.

Krishna: He came to Kathmandu looking for a job from his village in Dhading leaving behind his ageing parents. The house he grew up in was brought down by the earthquake and he has setup temporary shelter out of the corrugated tin sheets we have funded. We hope that this will enable his parents to pull through the next few seasons until Government help arrives.

Madan: His 3 storey house in Chabahill (Kathmandu) has been badly damaged and, as a retiree, is struggling financially to support his family. The house he had built with this entire life’s savings came down to ruins and so did the hope for his family’s better future. But he has not given up. He is planning to erect a temporary shelter with brick walls and tin roof, part of which is funded by us.

Madhav: His house in Balaju (Kathmandu) has been rendered uninhabitable by the earthquake. He will be setting up temporary shelter made out of corrugated tin sheets in order to survive the monsoon rain and provide protection for his family until he is able to gather enough help and resources to start rebuilding his damaged house.
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Catching up with where we left earlier - I have uploaded photos of happy Kancha distributing the rice, dal, cooking oil, salt to his entire village. The smile it brought to Kancha's face and the entire village says it all. It wasn't much compared what they had to go through, but certainly enough to bring a little joy in their lives.

Temporary shelter is what they seek next, as permanent housing is still a distant dream. Our funds are draining out and whatever little is remaining is not enough to provide shelters for every one of those families. We had to start somewhere, so we decided to fund temporary shelter for Kancha to start with. We have placed an order for 2 bundles of corrugated tin sheets and related accessories for this purpose and Kancha will get on with the assembly as soon as they arrive.

We have also distributed mattresses and blankets to about 100 people in and around Sangachowk village in Sindhupalchowk district. Some families, who had not received adequate food supply through other social institutions or individuals, were provided food packages containing dal and rice.

It is fantastic to see that people from all over the world are lending a helping hand to help Nepal recover from this horrific event. Thank you all. We shall keep doing whatever we can within our reach and resources to bring back the smiles, which never used to be such a rare occurrence.
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LAPSIPHEDI

I have known Kancha (Sanu Moktan) for almost one and a half decades. He migrated to Kathmandu from a little village of Lapsiphedi on the outskirts of Kathmandu, in a quest for better life and education. Having spent most of his teen as a domestic help in exchange for education, he decided to return to his village a few years ago to get married and start a new life there as a farmer.

When he told me the news of his house being brought down by the earthquake killing all his livestock, with his wife and his one year old child narrowly escaping the horrific incident, I could not remain without offering help in whatever way I could. I offered some financial support to him and his family, but he humbly declined saying that it would not be right for him to enjoy this privilege while the rest of his village shared the same fate as him. His commitment to his community was simply astounding and made me realise that this deep bond between the villagers is what has kept them going, even in the face of this adversity. There is hope, and this very commitment to each other will help them rise out of their difficult times.

It is an honour to be of any help to such deeply rooted community of human beings. Without hesitation I offered to provide some food material for the entire village of 165 families, which included rice, dal (lentil), cooking oil and salt. Thanks to Luna and family for volunteering and for coordinating the logistics involved including procurement and distribution.

Sustainability in long term is still a big issue facing this village, which I believe requires support from larger organisations and the Government. I will be keeping a close eye on this village and liaising with Kancha to explore possibilities of extending any further support in order to help them rebuild their lives.
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SINDHUKOT AND TALAMARANG VILLAGES (SINDHUPALCHOWK)

A bit late for this update, I know, but the 2nd big earthquake threw things haywire, and it was the last thing we needed when everyone was already shattered by the previous one. Although everyone is trying to stand strong, the fear of what looms next and the safety of the near and dear ones has certainly slowed our momentum. But we are not giving up, and we cannot afford to.

We provided relief material, over the weekend, to 32 families across two little villages – Sindhukot (17 families) and Talamarang (15 families) – in Sindhupalchowk. Essential supplies for the affected including medical items, sanitary items and food supplies (rice, beaten rice etc) were distributed.

Thanks to Luna and her group of friends for volunteering, the donors for their well wishes and support, and the local villagers for their cooperation without which the distribution would not have been so seamless.
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Raised by 79 people in 37 months
Created April 30, 2015
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Evhan Shrestha
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Keep up the good work Brinda aunty. Love for Nepal.

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