Nepalese Orphanage Destroyed
Organized by: Jessica Burden
Event Name: Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund
The struggle to survive has always been so difficult for the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Orphanage of Nepal, and now it has just become so much harder. On Saturday, April 25th a 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal destroying much of Kathmandu and the surrounding area.
The orphanage was very badly hit. Thankfully no one was hurt but almost every one of their buildings are either damaged or destroyed. The aftershocks are continuing to damage whatever remains standing. The children are currently surviving outside with no electricity and very little water.
It will be extremely costly for them to rebuild and continue doing the wonderful work they do.
Please give anything you can to help the orphanage during this devastating and difficult time.
All donations go directly to the orphanage; they receive very little outside funding and are very reliant on donations.
More on the Orphanage:
Ramchandra had a mission-- to provide a home for the overwhelming number of Nepalese children without one. In 1993 Ramchandra and his sister Kamala started what would be the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Orphanage of Nepal.
It was a long and difficult journey, starting with a dream and one mud hut on a small piece of land in the foothills of Kathmandu valley. Ramchandra and Kamala had to walk more than a mile to carry bags of cement to build the first bathroom. Hiking uphill for hours to gather firewood. Carrying drinking water from over a mile away.
Through sheer determination they never gave up, they never stopped moving forward. Today there are over 200 children between two locations, Kathmandu and Teria. Each child is given a warm and safe place to live. Access to health care. Sent to school and given opportunities to go to college and pursue continuing education.
All of this is a rewarding and necessary, but costly, undertaking. Nepal’s economy is increasingly affected by a lack of political certainty, with very little means of earning money.
Even with the meager income from the sale of their cows milk and small handmade goods; the Ashram could not support itself. They rely on generous donations from those who know how important their work is.
Any help you can give makes a real and long term impact on the children’s lives who are a part of the Ashram and call it home.