Help Remote Villages in Nepal

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On 25 April, my boyfriend Ben and I were in Pokhara, Nepal when the magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck, killing over 8000 people, injuring thousands more, and destroying an estimated 500,000 homes.

It was a terrifying experience, but we were lucky to have remained unharmed and safe throughout the quake and the numerous aftershocks. Three days later we traveled to Kathmandu to make our flight home and saw the wreckage first hand.

We left Nepal with a return ticket and the intention of volunteering our time to help victims in any way we could when we get back.

Lines for clean water in Kathmandu (taken by Ben the day before we left)

While in the US, we have been in contact with several organizations working on the ground in the most affected rural areas. One organization is currently raising funds for a home reconstruction project in the Sindhupalchok district. They are also in need of medical supplies for the upcoming monsoon season.

Supplies such as:
-basic first aid knits
-diarrhea and dysentery medication
-water purification tabets** (very Important)
-common cold, fever and other communicable diseases.

The goal of this fund to help families living in these rural villages receive housing and to deliver medical supplies. Ben and I will be traveling to Nepal on June 2. Once we arrive in Kathmandu we will travel 5 hours north to local communities in Sindhupalchok. Any amount you give will be used towards supplies listed above and home reconstruction projects in the region.

Sindhupalchok district (highlighted in red)

Our intention is to have funds and supplies donated directly to those who need it most. Absolutely zero of the funds collected will go towards our personal travel or living expenses. Our airfare, food, accommodation, etc will be purchased on our own expense. 100% of the funds will be donated to reconstruction projects in the areas worst affected by the earthquake.  

We will have updates on our travel website about our efforts to keep you informed of exactly where and how your money is being used.  Visit or subscribe to our travel site for updates: www.movingmindful.com 

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Before the earthquake, we spent three weeks hiking in the Annapurna region. The local people we met along the way seemed to possess a very spiritual and positive disposition in life. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, and many struggle to have their basic needs met. But one thing that amazed me was their level of interconnectedness and peace while dealing with life’s struggles.

After the earthquake, while in Kathmandu, Ben visited a few camps to give away our jackets, sleeping bags, wool socks and several blankets. We didn’t have much to give and at first he thought he might be bombarded with people in need. But the opposite happened; many people didn’t want to take our things. They instead would mention a family a few tents down who they felt needed it more. 

It’s really moving to see people taking care of one another instead of thinking only of their own circumstances. This is a true testament to the kindness and resilience of the Nepali people. We would like to help as many families as we can rebuild their home, so they can begin building their lives.

-Christina
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FINAL UPDATE:

This is our final fundraising update. Below is a breakdown of how we spent your donations over the past 3 months. Ben and I feel really proud of the projects we were involved in and what we were able to accomplish since returning here. Your generosity has made a huge impact for so many families, an impact that will continue to be felt in the years to follow.

A friend posted this quote not long ago and I thought it would be a good closing note:

“We are but visitors on this planet. We are here for ninety or one hundred years at the very most. During that period, we must try to do something good, something useful with our lives. If you contribute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true goal, the true meaning of life.”

We are so thankful for your support and for your compassion!

-Christina & Ben

**If you would like to continue supporting Nepal, please visit to www.hands.org or www.karmaflights.org.

**We are continuing on to India in a couple days. We will continue to post photos and stories on our travel site, www.movingmindful.com.


Breakdown:

$568.18 – Medical supplies for a health clinic in Fulpindanda in the Sindapulchuck district. Supplies included diarrhea meds, cold meds, fever meds, infant fever meds, and basic first aid kits.

$3,032.91 – Backpacks & School Supplies (books, notebooks, pencils, pens, erasers, sharpeners, geometry sets etc) for one year of learning to 336 students in Saurpani VDC in the Gorka district.

$688.16 – 70 sheets of corrugated tin to construct the roofs of 4 temporary classrooms in Saurpani VDC in the Gorka district

$3,030 – Building materials to construct 15 temporary metal shelters (TMS) in a Dalit (lower-caste) community in Ranchawk in the Gorka district

$3,607.69 – Building materials to construct for 4 houses in the Dalit community of Holchowk in the Kathmandu Valley

$58.12 – Teaching materials and arts & crafts supplies for the learning center at an IDP camp outside Kathmandu.

$89.08 – Teaching materials and arts & crafts supplies for All Hands organization for future child education-related projects.

$26.15 – Vaccinations and medical services for 4 street puppies in Kathmandu

$666.37 – Non-negotiable (bullshit) fees charged by Go Fund Me to host our fundraising campaign.

**If you have any questions or comments about the breakdown please post a comment at the bottom of the page. If you would like to see receipts for any or all of these payments please email Ben at benkarp1@gmail.com.
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FINAL DAY AT THE 50 HOMES PROJECT & IDP FUN DAY

On Friday I had my last day on site building homes for earthquake victims in Holchowk. Today we are leaving All Hands and making our way to India shortly after. Our visa is about to expire and we must end our time here.

Because of your continued support for Nepal, we were able to contribute more money to this amazing project, bringing the total contribution to $3,780. This is the remainder of our funds. That money comes close to supplying enough building materials to construct 4 homes for 4 lower-caste families here in the Kathmandu Valley. I feel this is an incredible way to end our fundraising and volunteering efforts here in Nepal.

Below is a slideshow to recap the past few weeks while working on this project. I am so fortunate to have been present during the handover of two completed homes last week. I am confident that each day will bring the remaining 48 families in Halchowk closer to their move-in day.

These homes will have an immediate impact, improving both their mental and physical well-being. It will give them the foundation they need to move on with their lives. I feel so lucky to have been a part of such an impactful project and cannot thank you enough for your support.

“When the earthquake destroyed my house, I felt like a paralyzed person, not knowing how to rebuild my life. For me, my house and family is everything. All Hands coming over here and making this home for me is godsend. Now I have the will and courage to move forward and rebuild my life. The one good thing about the earthquake is introducing me to All Hands and meeting all the volunteers from all around the world. I will forever be thankful to the volunteers and All Hands for the support."
-Sanu Putuwar, 50 Homes for Nepal Beneficiary

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While I’ve been working on 50 Homes, Ben has been leading a rubble removal team and working in the IDP camps. Each Friday, All Hands has been organizing a ‘fun day’ in the camp to help the families relax and get their mind off their current circumstances. This typically involves showing a movie, teaching English, and having arts & crafts activities for the kids.

We wanted to do something special this past Friday using funds given to us by a previous volunteer. Ed Selous is a teacher from England who came to All Hands several weeks ago. He spent his two weeks volunteering in the IDP camps, working incredibly hard on the camp’s drainage issues. He had to return home to his students but left behind a generous contribution which we used to buy teaching supplies, English lesson books, and arts & crafts supplies for a learning center at one of the camps. On Friday Ben brought everything to the camp and really fun day with the kids. We also bought an additional supply of educational materials for All Hands to keep on base and use for future activities with kids in the communities they work in.

Thank you so much Ed! We miss you buddy.

NOTE: We are no longer taking donations since we are leaving Nepal soon. We will have a breakdown soon to recap how we spent your donations.

-Christina
50 Homes Recap
kids in the camp receiving new toys
teaching English in the camp
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50 HOMES UPDATE: 2 Homes Completed!

Today I had an incredible day on site at the 50 Homes Project here in the Kathmandu Valley. Today we officially handed over two homes to two families.

Last week we finished these homes as much as we legally could. As I mentioned previously, we are not able to lay brick or stone for the walls or lay the flooring as this would deem that the structure is “permanent”. And there is a strict regulation against NGOs building permanent housing. Therefore, we can only build the steel structure, metal sheeting, and earthquake-resistant wire mesh around the inner walls.

In order to help these families get into a reliable, long term structure we have provided the cement (and stones or brick if needed) for these families so they can finish it themselves. At first I wondered if this plan would work, if the families would have the means and tools to add the outer walls, the windows and the doors. But after seeing several families begin this construction beautifully I am even more excited about this project. I think it is better that they finish it themselves actually. For one, they are able to put in the work and feel proud that they helped get themselves back into a home. And secondly, they are able to finish it in a way that suits them personally and that is acceptable and attractive by Nepali standards.

Of our contributions, $2,000 was donated for building materials. This means two homes for two families. To all our donors we cannot thank you enough for caring about a group of people who live on the other side of the world, whom you may never meet.

Being a part of the “handover” ceremony today to celebrate the finished construction of these two homes was an honor. Both of these families, of Kanchha Putuwar and of Sanu Putuwar are from poor economic backgrounds. They don’t own any additional land except the small plot where their fallen home used to stand. Many of the families in these communities struggle to meet their most basic needs, even before the earthquake.

One of the beneficiaries today, Sanu, explained to a local member of our team that after he and his family lost their home in the earthquake, he felt paralyzed. He was unsure where to start to get their life back together. Today, when receiving their new home Sanu’s wife couldn’t stop smiling. You can see the hope on their face. It’s was a beautiful thing to be a part of.

Everyone at home who contributed to us and trusted us to make a good decision with their contribution helped to make this possible.

Ben and I sadly only have a few days left in Nepal. We are only allowed 150 days in the country and that is coming to an end. I’m disappointed because I would like to stay on an continue working on these homes and see more families move out of their tent or temporary structure and into a place they can call home again.

We will have our fundraising page open for donations for a few more days. After Aug. 17 we will no longer take donations as we will no longer be in the country. Any further contributions between now and then will go directly to the 50 Homes project for building materials.

(We will also have a update soon to recap where and how we spent the total donations received)

Thank you again for your generosity and stay tuned!

-Christina
Kanchha & family receiving their home
group in front of the Putuwar's new home
at work on the wire mesh
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50 HOMES PROJECT - Meet Mithu Thapa Magar

Mithu Thapa Magar, pictured below, has lived on her own since her husband left her 10 years ago. She earned her living by weaving carpets and working on construction sites, but due to her age, she now doesn’t have work. To add to the situation, the earthquake on 25th April destroyed the only property she had, her house.

Through All Hands "50 Homes Project", we are working on building her a temporary home that she can in future convert into a permanent home.

Last week we completed the steel structure, wire mesh, and metal sheeting of the walls. This week we will work on the roof and flooring of her home. She has expressed so much gratitude that we are here to help her and says she no longer feels hopeless.

As mentioned in the previous update, I have specifically been working on the wire mesh of the homes. It's been an incredible and humbling experience to work in the community of Holchowk, on behalf of Mithu and her neighbors. We look forward to bringing you more stories like Mithu's in the days to come.

Any further donations will go towards this incredible project, specifically for building materials. Thank you for the support and stay tuned for more updates!

-Christina & Ben
Mithu Thapa Magar
volunteer team with Mithu, by her home
break from wiring, helping with walls
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Toni Haptonstall
49 months ago

What you are doing is amazing! Bless you!

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You two are an inspiration!!

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Missing you guys Ben and T! Hope all is well!!

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What you are doing is amazing! Bless you!

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