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Coffee for Nepal

Organized by: Aakash Shrestha

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THE STORY:

As everyone knows by now, the earthquake has devastated Nepal. More than 5,500 lives lost, more than 10,000 injured, millions displaced, and countless affected directly and indirectly. While fear, uncertainty, and uneasiness prevails throughout the city, there is a sense of hope, resilience, and a start of a new beginning. The response so far has been courageous, selfless, and heartwarming.

While relief efforts are on high gear currently, we fear that foreign aid funds will slow down in the days to come and donor/volunteer fatigue will kick in. What can be more crippling to Nepal than the immediate aftermath is the long-term effect on the economy and subsequently on the livelihood and basic well being of our people. Many more lives and countless dreams will be lost if we do not rebuild effectively and quickly.

While the immediate priority is relief and basic survival, the very next thing on our agenda must be rebuilding and reconstruction. This phase will be more expensive and time consuming and will require an entirely different skill set and way more resources than what is required for the immediate relief. Also, as people get back on with their lives, rebuilding efforts may take a backseat. We must set the proper infrastructure and systems in place in our own way to sustain this rebuilding effort before the disaster fatigue kicks in. Our goal is very specific and focused - rebuild and reconstruct in a sustainable manner. It is not a relief effort. We know we can’t rely on existing institutions and the government and hence this is a call to SUSTAINED and EFFECTIVE action to rebuild and revive our city, our people, and our nation.

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