Namaste Cafe Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund
Organized by: Swadesh and Rajee, Saujanya and Nadine Shrestha
Swadesh and Rajee, Saujanya and Nadine Shrestha via Crowdrise
May 16, 2015
In our firm commitment toward our efforts to help, Namaste Café is donating $10,000 to this fund.
Another earthquake of 7.4 magnitude struck Nepal around mid-day local Nepal time on May 12th and there have been several aftershocks with at least one over 6m. These heartbreaking developments and the imminent monsoon rains make sturdy temporary shelters more urgent than ever. With funds raised here, we are providing full financial support for a pilot project to provide 80 shelters in a small rural community of Shikharpa, Lele, a little outside Kathmandu. The project was initiated by active Nepali citizens in coalition with the Nepal Chamber of Commerce. The amazing volunteers on the ground with the help of the local community have already built 37 shelters!
If you would like to fully or partially sponsor a shelter such as the ones we are helping build please indicate that in your note to us - we will use your funds for that purpose and provide you details of the shelter you sponsored.
The corrugated tin shelters we have chosen to help build provide a good solution to the need on the ground because:
- It can be built with materials that are locally made and readily available
- After its temporary use, materials can be repurposed. The corrugated sheets can be used a roofs for more permanent houses, frames can be used for cowshed, greenhouse etc. The structures in their entirety can be used for cattle and livestock, medical station, community kitchen/center, sanitation facility etc.
- The structures are easily and quickly built by the local people. Once a few residents have been trained, they can train others in their community. Building does not require an expert.
- The structure is well- suited to provide protection from the imminent monsoon rains.
- The structures first designed by Eli Kretzmann as earthquake shelters in Pakistan have been tested and have proven to be effective.
The report from the ground is very encouraging for all of us. Please take a look at the heartwarming pictures and share them with your friends. Join us in our effort to directly help those affected by the Nepal earthquake; help us cut the red tape and bureaucratic hurdles; help us provide quick and much-needed support to the local initiatives in Nepal. Together we will overcome!
If you are interested in learning more about the shelters please look for Project EK on facebook where you will find very detailed information.
WHO ARE WE: A restaurant in Minneapolis MN owned by a Nepalese family committed to sustainability, local initiatives and community action in all our endeavors, both in Nepal where most of our family and friends live and in the United States where we are supported by a compassionate community and fortunate enough to conduct multiple businesses.
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