Rebuilding Chalish, Nepal

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Rebuilding Chalish

Nepal needs help and money to rebuild their monasteries, cultural heritage sites and villages destroyed by the earthquake. This will take time.

Friends that we made on our trip to Nepal in 2013 are  Dhan, our guide, and Tej, our contact at the agency. Both come from the same village, Chalish, where their parents and relatives live. Chalish is a village north west of Katmandu,  in the region of Dhading, 100 km from the epicenter of the earthquake Saurparni. Chalish is three days walk  from the closest road, on a less popular trek than Annapurna or Everest base camp. People live from agriculture and to a lesser extent from trekkers  who stop for food and lodging. All the houses, school, and lodges are demolished or too damaged to live in. The needs of Nepali people are actually too great for their government to cope with and small villages are not a priority for the governement or even International Organization. We were touched by Tej's promise to rebuilt his village and this is where we have decided to do something, contribute and make it our promise.

If you would like to make a  personal contribution to assist the Nepalese people with a guarantee that the money will go directly to the people without administration expenses, then you should consider donating here and we will personally ensure the funds reach the village of Chalish. 

Sincerely, 
The Feltham & Lauzon Families
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Here are more pictures from Chalish
The Church
More doors
Voting for a local government
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Rebuilding Chalish
2017-5-5
Update #20 –

Reconstruction Update:

It has been almost one year since our last posting due to the time taken to move through the various phases of reconstruction in Nepal, and due to developments in our lives.
You will be pleased, however, to know that the goals of our specific project have been accomplished.
Remaining delays are due to delays in the provision of a second instalment of financial relief from the government.
The people of Chalish are grateful for your help. We thank you.

1. School
The School has been completely reconstructed. I have attached some pictures.
A Japanese sponsor is providing tables, benches and black boards inside the class rooms.

2. Chhorten
The Chhorten provides a space for prayer as well as becoming a cultural attraction for tourists, which brings cash money to the village. The local youth club is taking care and cleaning the Chhorten.

3. Church
The church is now completely reconstructed.

4. Houses
The first instalment of government money for earthquake relief has been received by Chalish villagers and most of the houses are in the process of being rebuilt. Our doors are being installed.
The plans are for house reconstruction to be completed before the beginning of the monsoon season at the end of May. The new government has announced that it will provide Rs. 100,000 ($750US) more to every household for rebuilding, however the process of payment of this second instalment has not yet begun.

5. The first local elections in 20 years are in sight.
The Local Self Governance Act (LSGA) 1999 is the basis for Nepal’s two-tier system of local government. The local bodies of government have been without elected representatives since May 2002, when the terms of those elected in 1998 expired. As a stopgap measure, successive governments began appointing local officials, and this practice has continued. Because there have been no local elections since 2002, the local institutions that were put in place to take democracy to the doorsteps of citizens have instead become an extended arm of the government.
In the last two years, local government even in an incomplete structure has shown how critical their role is in the provision of immediate relief and longer term reconstruction after the earthquake.
Nepal will hold its first local elections in 20 years in May, a minister said on Monday, that an important milestone in its long and difficult transition to democracy and that the government hopes will culminate in a general election.
People are happy.

Again thank you all for your support
Pierre, Rosemary, Simon and Tej.
Doors on rebuild House
Chortem
A-Team
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Rebuilding Chalish
July 27 2016
Update 19
It is happening!

Reconstruction update
Progress is coming along slowly. To say the least, the government is going through a challenging time with the organization and administration of the rebuilding.
Processes include application lists in order to ensure that subsidies are paid to families whose homes were actually destroyed, followed by official measurements according to earthquake-proof standards, approval processes, meetings and other administrative headaches. So far only three houses have been rebuilt in Chalish at the expense of the owners and their family. Other families are still waiting for their first instalment, which the government promises to release within a month.


Update on the use of our fund
Doors: The good news is that the doors provided by our fund fit the reconstructed houses perfectly. The remainder of the doors are safely stored while waiting to continue the reconstruction process.
Christian Church: A contribution from the Kathmandu church in addition to that from our fund enabled the village to rebuild the church instead of only fixing it. This work is scheduled to be completed by mid monsoon.
Chhorten (Stupa): Villagers finished building the chhorten at the end of May and waited for Tej’s visit at the beginning of June to paint and decorate it. This is the first historical chhorten in all the Gurung villages of the area. It took Tej a whole day of work to finish the job of fixing the Buddha and applying the paint, during his last visit at the beginning of June.
It is now complete and looks beautiful. This makes everyone very proud and appreciative of our contribution.
Schools: The school initiated by Kul Gurung and another one that Tej and Harka initiated are completed.

Again thank you all for your support
Pierre, Rosemary, Simon and Tej.
School in Progress
School almost completed
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Rebuilding Chalish
2016-03-30
Update #18-
Resilience and patience

After many months under a fuel crisis that has paralysed the country, the situation is now almost back to normal. Normalization of the still high prices of cooking gas should happen soon.

It took a long time for the government to organise the process of rebuilding. The new constitution, the fuel crisis, and the deteriorating relationship between Nepal and India were complicating factors.

Catastrophes seem never to happen alone. These difficult conditions have all contributed to a decrease in tourism to Nepal, whose economy depends to a large extent to this industry. Tej estimates that tourism is down 40% since last year.

The update for our project is the following:
1. Reconstruction of homes
As mentioned in a previous posting, the doors provided by our fund were delivered in December. The organizational structure within the government that manages the rebuilding process is now in place.

Government engineers have just surveyed Chalish village and directed reconstruction measures and new building standards. Government payments to villagers for rebuilding their home will come in three payments, with the first payment having recently been made.

Therefore there is reason to be optimistic that the reconstruction of their homes will be completed before the next monsoon starts in June.

2. Chhortem
Meanwhile the village has worked on the chortem, which has been rebuilt and painted. The Chhortem roof (called a Thiksey) has been ordered in Kathmandu by Tej and should be delivered next month. The delivery and fixture of the roof will complete this project.

3. The Christian church repairs are completed.

4. The museum repairs and improvement are contingent on finding more funds. Our contribution and another source of contribution does not meet the budget required.

Again thank you all for your support
Pierre, Rosemary, Simon and Tej.
New Chhortem, Jan 2016
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Dhan Ghale
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Dear Feltham and Lauzon Family Thanks for collecting fund for rebuild my village

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Shelley Schecter
36 months ago

Congratulations, Feltham and Lauzon Families! What a huge undertaking!

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Félicitations encore pour la belle initiative !

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Great work Pierre, Simon, Tej and Rosemary

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Dear Feltham and Lauzon Family Thanks for collecting fund for rebuild my village

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Congratulations, Feltham and Lauzon Families! What a huge undertaking!

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