Money for Sankhu
Organized by: Erin O'Brien
Last summer, I was fortunate enough to be able to backpack through Nepal, with the support of the Pandit family, who I met through a family friend. Gokul Pandit and his relatives live in the small town of Sankhu, in the Western Kathmandu valley. Gokul (with the support of his family) has dedicated his life to improving his town and community, and has been integral in such ventures as the founding of the Sushma Koirala Memorial Hospital, and spends much of his time traveling from village to surrounding village, teaching children who might not have access to education otherwise.
But now Gokul, his family, and his town need our help. On the 25th of April 2015, a devastating earthquake hit Nepal, killing more than 8,800 people, and injuring more than 23,000. Countless aftershocks, including a major one on the 12th of May, have killed many more. Both the country and Sankhu, more specifically, are now at a precarious point. Some buildings remain standing, but are riddled with cracks and fissures. With another shock, they fear that most buildings will completely collapse. Gokul has had to completely destroy the upper half of his home, and is living with his entire extended family in the two rooms on the remaining ground floor. They have also spent several nights under tarps in the rain on the local soccer pitch. Most homes in Sankhu are in even worse shape, reduced completely to rubble, and many of the villagers have been rendered homeless.
Furthermore, the destruction has completely destroyed the local school (where Gokul once taught his lessons), and has made potable water, medical supplies, and other essential items rare commodities. Gokul, his family, and the Sankhu community are doing everything that they can to rebuild the village, but they cannot do it alone. Please donate to help them, to help rebuild Sankhu. Anything that you can contribute would be a help, and would make an incredible difference for this community of wonderful people who have been faced with undeserved tragedy.