HELP NEPAL: EARTHQUAKE RELIEF EFFORTS 2015
Organized by: Niwashin Shrestha
EVENT DATE Apr 25, 2015
I would like to take a moment to give you an update about the relief efforts made using your generous donations. Once again, my heartfelt gratitude goes out to all of you who took the moment to reach out and support those in need during their times of difficulty.
With the monsoon season looming right in the horizon, temporary shelters were of the utmost need for those who lost their homes. Monsoon season rainfalls continue for days, are very heavy, and can cause major flooding. Tents made out of the plastic or cloth tarps held up by a few sticks here and there will not be able to withstand such impact. Therefore, the donation money was used to build temporary transitional shelters for the poorest people affected in the Gamcha village. The village is located at the outskirts of Kathmandu where more than 90% of the houses were destroyed. There were many who needed the support but since we had limited funding, we had to select those in the most desperate situation. The selections were made by holding a community meeting with the local people.
Once the selection was made, materials required for building these temporary shelters such as bamboos, corrugated metals, etc. were gathered and distributed accordingly. Cost of construction materials for temporary shelter ranged from $160-250 depending on the availability of recycled materials from the destroyed houses. Most of the recycled materials were used for sidings while the newer, sturdier materials were used for roofing and supports as they are more capable of bearing majority of the impact during the monsoon season. The affected people and other volunteers provided the skills and labor required for the construction of these shelters. Overall, 14 temporary shelters were built to completion with the money raised.
I have attached some of the photos taken of the shelters being built using the bought and recycled materials. These shelters will provide people with enough protection to endure through the oncoming season and allow them to move forward without having to worry about having a roof over their heads. Thank you so much for all your support and generosity. The people of this village will forever be grateful and will never forget the aid that was provided with your generous donations.
Neeva & Rashmi
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