Nepal Earthquake- Education Fund
I am raising funds to support to deliver relief supplies in Sindhupalchok and Makawanpur districts.
Sindhupalchok is one of the most affected districts, which was the epicentre of a powerful aftershock - measuring 6.7 magnitudes. As a result more than 90% houses were damaged and over 1500 people have died in this district alone. NEST, a charity which I founded in 2000 and ICFON will deliver the first relief supplies to victims of Thauthali and neighbouring villages of Sindhupalchok district on the 30th April. These villages have personal meanings to my life. These were the villages where my parents lived for several years and my brothers and sisters were born and brought up.
Makawanpur is the district where NEST has set up more than 150 school libraires with the support from Room to Read, and run educational projects including Prajwal School in partnership with Everest of Apples, Amori, Japan. Know My World in the USA has supported Prajwal School with teacher development and education exchange programmes.
While several governments have offered financial supports to the Nepalese government, it's absolutely heart-breaking to hear that victims haven’t received any relief supplies such as medicine, foods and tents until now.
NEST has past experience of mobilising grass root volunteers to deliver relief supplies. All donations will be transparently published on NEST’s website and we make sure that every penny you donate goes to immediate relief for the communities that are most affected and we publish the information of the total cost of each item donated with your money.
Purna Kumar Shrestha
Founder, Nepal Educational Support Trust (NEST)
Hetauda, Makawanpur, Nepal
One thing that you may have noticed is the change in the title of my fundraising campaign- while NEST will continue to provide relief materials to earthquake victims, we will focus our work to support children, particularly girls and children in rural areas of Makawanpur district.
The government has decided to reopen schools from tomorrow for the first time since 25th April, but more than a million children in Nepal won't find their classrooms. Children are traumatised, they are too frightened to go to school. They don't also have books, uniforms and learning materials.
We will support to build a temporary learning space at Prajwal School in Chaughada which will provide safe learning environment for children from Chaughada community, the school will provide free scholarship for children who have lost their parents. Similarly, we will support schools to buy furniture and learning materials.
Two NEST volunteers, Laxmi Shrestha and Manu Lama travellled to Bardeu village of Namatar, Makawanpur last Friday. They had to walk for 6 hours. When they took shelter in the village overnight to run children's learning camp the next day, they experienced a 4.5 magnitude afterschock , epicentre was near to the village.
I am sad to hear that even before the earthquake children in that village couldn't continue their education after year 4 (grade 4) because it would take 3 hours to reach the nearest school. There was only a primary school in their village. We will support 50 children of Bardeu village with education kits and uniforms.
We will continue to mobilise youth volunteers to run learning camps in different villages.
Aftershocks , rainstorms have traumatized people in Nepal. Many people are still outside in open spaces. Nearly 300 aftershocks since the 25th April 2015.
Thank you for your generosity, your donations have enabled us to provide 1500 people with safe shelter materials in Namtar and Betini village of Makawanpur district.
250 children have benefited from NEST's School on Wheels programme in Hetauda. NEST volunteers are travelling to rural villages to run children's camps this week.
NEST have also partnered with other organisations to train teachers and head teachers on post-disaster trauma counselling. More than 70 head teachers and teachers have attended NEST’s teacher training programme. Today NEST volunteers have traveled to a rural village to run the training.
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Nepal has been hit by another earthquake this afternoon, measuring 7.4 magnitude and its epicentre was near Everest- causing more death and destruction- at least 40 people reported dead and more than 1 thousand people injured. All NEST volunteers have reported being safe till now and they are sleeping in a tent.
Our NEST volunteers have been working hard to deliver relief supplies to earthquake victims and also provide health services. We teamed up with Access Healthcare Nepal which donated tents and foods and Humana People to People provided financial contribution. With your donations, NEST has delivered tents, food, medications and clothes to 109 families ( more than 400 people) from Ghatted dada, Unichaur, Dyamside, Jolunge , Banshagu , Lamsanghu and Thauthali villages of Sindhupalchok district on the 10th May.
Thank you for your support and pray for Nepal. I was hoping to publish detailed breakdown of donations NEST has received and expenses but because of today’s earthquake, NEST volunteers don’t have access to internet. I will publish the detailed breakdown of the costs of relief materials and number of people who benefited from your donations on NEST's website www.nestworld.org
Besides providing food and tents and immediate relief supplies to victims, NEST will be supporting children’s education. NEST is planning to run psychosocial counselling for teachers and community volunteers and art-therapy camps for children. If you know any organisations and individual who would be keen to work with NEST to provide psychosocial counselling and run children’s activities, please let us know at email@example.com
I am pleased to share with you that with your support, the team of NEST volunteers went to Kholakhark, Bajrabarahi village of Thaha Municipality of Makawanpur District and distributed relief materials to 118 families.
Each family received 30 kgs rice, 5 kgs beaten rice, 2 kg lentil, 2 kg sugar, 2kg salt, 500 grm tea, 2 ltrs cooking oil, a blanket, a mat, medicines and baby foods. The families have already received tents from another sources.
This distribution was coordinated with the District Disaster Relief Committee and Nepal Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police helped NEST volunteers to deliver relief materials to the victims.
The total expenditure of this relief consignments was NPR383382 US$3830.69 €3481.81 £2493.32
Per family relief cost was NPR324 US$32.46 €29.51 and £21.13.
For detailed information on expenditure, please visit
NEST's website http://nestworld.org/2015/05/07/makawanpur/
NEST will be distributing relief materials to 300 families in Lamasangu area of Mankhu Village of Sindhupalchok district this week.
Thank you for your support !