Rebuild Lower Tsum after the quake

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Raised by 32 people in 43 months
Appeal to Rebuild Lower Tsum Valley
after the 2015 earthquake

As almost everyone who loves Nepal knows by now, the country is in crisis. The massive April 25th 2015 earthquake has devastated the country. Thousands of lives have been lost, tens of thousands injured and countless thousands are missing as of this writing.

Tsum Valley lies a mere 25-30 kilometres north of the earthquake’s epicentre in Laprak, Gorkha. The Tsum Valley, one of the most isolated places in Nepal, is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage area. The valley is only reachable on foot or by helicopter. Trekking there consists of 5 days of rigorous walking from the nearest bus stop.

The natural beauty and unique cultural characteristics of the Tsum Valley create a distinctive way of life that is matchless throughout Nepal. With mountain views, lush forests and its distance from the more populated trekking routes makes this area very special. The walking trails first opened to outsiders in 2008 offer an experience of unblemished natural and splendor that continue to draw adventuresome travellers. Due to its remoteness this sacred valley still offers unique off the beaten path trekking destinations.

However because of its isolation, Tsum Valley locals have been marginalized and excluded from Government of Nepal attention and assistance. Before the earthquake Tsum Valley was in a boom period of economic development, and now this devastating earthquake has wiped out all progress and infrastructure improvements. Almost 90% of the houses are either cracked, collapsed or in a highly dangerous unstable condition. The actual number of casualties, damage and loss of property are yet to be known. Earthquake victims are living in extremely harsh conditions. They are forced to sleep in the open air in the cold environment of the mountains.

Photo 1)This is what Ripchet village used to be during the good times.

Phtoto 2) This is the remains from the devastating earthquake.
Two monasteries and a school has been collpased as well.

For anyone who has trekked to Tsum and Manslu it would be very heart-warming to local villagers if people from around the world could show solidarity with the people of Tsum in supporting short term emergency assistance and longer term commitment to economic rebuilding efforts in Tsum.

 Photo 3) The Tsum Valley, northwest of Kathmandu, is the small red dot.

Photo 4) The red line is a motorable road from Kathmandu to Arughat. The green line is the trekking route to the Tsum Valley.

Who are we?

There are many other campaigns working on broader geographic areas. However the Tsum Society Youth Club is a group of local youths from lower Tsum Valley - some of whom still live in the local villages and some in Kathmandu. We have greater local knowledge for facilitating and coordinating relief assistance.  We are the ones with the strongest attachment toward our community. We believe it’s our responsibility and duty to help our community in these desperate times. Over all, with us, you are supporting directly to the community, bypassing all the bureaucracies with Gov. and INGOs.

What do we want to do?

Your support, your contributions and your hopes and dreams for Tsum will help rebuild and repair houses in lower Tsum Valley, especially in Ripchet, where 100% of the houses have been totally destroyed. We are estimating that we could build more than 60 houses at a total cost ranging between $4,000 to $6,000. We have prior experiences in repairing and rebuilding local houses. This is the experience necessary to be able to work effectively and efficiently in Tsum.

Transparency and Accountability and Responsibility

We are a registered local organization working exclusively for the welfare of Tsum Valley. Through Facebook and other social media and in detailed written reports, we will keep you informed about how much we receive and how much we spend and for what purposes.

How can you help?

Online: The Global Lives Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the United States of America. If you prefer to make a tax-deductible donation then please go to

Cash: You can transfer funds using the following bank details
       Name of account holder: Tsum Society Youth Club
       Account No: 119000205201
       Name and location of bank:
       Rastriya Banijya Bank Ltd.
       Balaju, Kathmandu, Nepal

Material support: Building materials; such has zinc sheets for roofing, cements, etc

Manpower: You can volunteer to rebuilt and repair houses


Rinzin Norbu Lama
Tsum Society Youth Club

GPO Box: 26520
(please mention for earthquake victims)

You can visit our facebook page for updates.

Thank you for help and support.
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Dear supporters,

You can also make direct contributions by clicking the following link.

Or you can transfer funds using the following bank details
Name of account holder: Tsum Society Youth Club
Account No: 119000205201
Name and location of bank:
Rastriya Banijya Bank Ltd.
Balaju, Kathmandu, Nepal

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Dear Supporters and friends,

First of all we would like to thank all our friends and supporters. Without your help, we wouldn't have come this far. Here's update in gofundme. We have been giving updates in our facebook page from time to time. Here's brief update:

"In June, we worked together with ABARI, a private business organization with corporate social responsibility which helps design housing for third-world countries, to set up temporary tents in Tsum. End of June to mid July, we were busy delivering construction materials and construction equipments enough for 10 houses to Chumchet VDC. We connected with a Czech relief organization, People in Need (PIN), that provided helicopter time to carry the materials to Tsum. These materials will be used to build schools, TSYC office and houses that we have identified as belonging to poor family who doesn’t have any money to rebuilt .In September, we plan to begin the construction process.

We plan to adopt either ABARI's or VSI's design. (These both use local materials to build traditional buildings that are better structured to resist future earthquakes). We still have $5K from donations which we will be utilizing in the Fall. We will probably need another $10K to finalize our building initiatives. Then we will move towards tourism promotion project for Tsum.

Please follow our facebook page for latest updates.

Thank you very much.


Tsum Society Youth Club
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We are very much focused on building temporary shelter prior to building permanent houses. Before monsoon we intend to deliver 1700 CGI sheets to lower Tsum Valley. These sheets weights about 12 Ton.
For the past few days we have been trying to find Army helicopter to help us transport to lower Tsum Valley. First we visited Hulas, it's a CGI sheets manufacturer in Ktm. Then we went to Home Ministry for seeking help to use army helicopter. These ministries are not that much of an help to us. They just want to work accordingly to policies that have been written in paper. Seems like they have no control over army helicopter. We will still try hard to find access to army helicopter.
At Hulas warehouse
Hulas corporate office.
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Update from 15th May to 19th May:

On 14th May we were able to book private helicopter to charter on 15th.
With the help from Sandy, we bought 266kg of salt and 266 Liter of oil enough for 266 households.
Since the helicopter cannot carry more than 500 kg we have left remaining salt at the airport for the next batch.

Firstly, Rinzin from Tsum Society Youth Club(TSYC) dropped the supplies at Chumling and took the remaining supplies to Repchet in the same helicopter.
Chumling and Repchet is about 2 hours apart in walking distance. So it was another relief for Repchet as their relief materials was dropped right at their village.

On 16th May, villagers gathered in Repchet and TSYC discussed on the following topics: Also on 17th TSYC organized similar discussion in Chumling with the village leaders, with representative from political party and also with Nepal army.
1. Earthquake and earthquake safety

Villagers do not have proper knowledge about earthquake. TSYC explained of what is earthquake and what should be done when it strikes.

2. How to bring resilience among the community

There is already some resilient among the community. People are taking down the damaged walls own their own. TSYC suggested to work together, be united and help each other.

3. Re-building the houses and community

Villagers are very concerned about the re-building of their houses. And they don’t have clear picture of how to start. Before the re-building they want to build proper temporary shelter prior monsoon. Some people have already built their wall but again the second quake of 7.4 scale knocked it down. Now they are confused and hesitant to build again. They are willing to cooperate with INGO, UN or any stakeholders, government of Nepal for the re-building purposes. Repchet villagers sign a petition for rebuilding their houses and TSYC has the signed petition paper( It is in Nepali).

4. Roles and responsibility of volunteers

TSYC encouraged volunteerism in the community. It was new for the community. Fourteen volunteers were formulated to revive the remaining property, assets, grain, cloths, etc from the collapsed houses, gombas(monastery). And also they will move the debris from the damage site. These volunteers will work along with the twenty-two member platoon of Nepal Army. Nepal army uses the same relief aid meant for the villagers for their ration.

For full report please view this document
Discussion with locals about rebuilding
Group photo after the discussion
Locasl in Chumling attending the meeting
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Raised by 32 people in 43 months
Created May 1, 2015
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