Help Families in Mulpaani and Damaitar Rebuild
Organized by: Erin Phelps
Erin Phelps via Crowdrise
September 28, 2015
Please join us in supporting four families as they recover from the recent disaster in Nepal.
When news broke that an earthquake of 7.8 magnitude had devastated Nepal with an epicenter between Kathmandu and Pokhara, there was a global reaction. For the seven of us, there was personal heartache. In August 2010, a small group of Claremont College students traveled to Nepal to study abroad. We were each paired with a family southeast of Kathmandu in two villages: Mulpaani and Damaitar. We spoke no Nepali and they spoke little to no English. After four months, through extreme generosity, kindness, and laughter, we left with a new concept of life, new language capabilities, and a new family. Several of us have since returned to visit, and have maintained strong relationships with our Nepali families.
Our families in Mulpaani and Damaitar have been severely affected by the earthquake and the aftershocks that have followed. Some have lost entire homes, while others will need to undergo expensive repairs. Many are now living in makeshift temporary structures made of tin sheets while they wait out the heavy rains of the monsoon. The monsoon season will soon be over, and these families will begin the process of rebuilding for the long-term.
On top having lost years of investment in their homes, they are now facing the expenses involved with construction including the costs of labor and building materials. Due to new post-quake building regulations, the cost of construction has risen. Before rebuilding, most families need to completely demolish their homes- and the cost of hiring workers to help with that has risen as well with so many Nepalis leaving for jobs in the Middle East. After demolishing and clearing the rubble, construction of the new homes will begin slowly.
In the meantime, most families are also keeping up with jobs, sending children to school, subsistence farming and raising livestock. Many have expressed concern about the financial stress of the last several months. Not only are families facing a difficult financial endeavor, but they also must confront the emotional trauma of living through such disasters and losing a precious home. While our support is just a small gesture, we hope it can help these families to rebuild homes strong enough to withstand future quakes without going into debt or risking financial stability.
We have been saddened by our inability to help where aid is needed or to be physically present with the people we care about. We have created this page in the hopes that we can raise enough money to send directly to each family to help rebuild what has been lost. Funds will be sent directly to the four families with whom we have relationships and we know that they have the information and skills to use the funds in the most effective way possible.
Thank you for your help and support! We are deeply grateful to be in the position to help care for the families who have cared for us.