Shelter-relief for the earthquake displaced in rural Nepal
Organized by: Suman Giri
Suman Giri via Crowdrise
May 20, 2015
My name is Suman Giri, and I am trying to keep this fund-raising effort limited and focused. I am a recent Ph.D. graduate from Carnegie Mellon, and hold an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College. I was born and raised in Nepal. My family in Kathmandu is among the 8 million affected by the recent earthquake. From my conversations with them, and others, I know that most of the relief efforts have been focused in Kathmandu. Nearby districts that have borne that worst of this disaster still have people scampering for shelter.
My dad and my younger brother have decided to take it upon themselves to go and distribute shelter tents to the displaced in nearby Sindhupalchok. Tents are scarce in Nepal right now, and they have managed to find a supplier in Nepal-India border (Raxaul), who can deliver a 100 tents per day for 70,000 NRS (roughly $700). The supplier is actually a sack manufacturer who has agreed to make tents for relief efforts after conversations with my dad, and is doing this for no profit. The goal right now is for them to take 100 tents each day and distribute it. The first batch of tents have already reached the ground. There is no overhead cost, and little time wasted in bureaucracy. Money is hard to come by too, as people are hesitant to use it in case of a scarcity/famine and inflation later. I am starting off by buying 200 tents personally. It would be great if you could contribute as well. A friend of mine who is a journalist for Reuters is covering the efforts in Kathmandu, and is willing to provide media coverage to you / your organization for contribution to this effort. So, is Suraj Giri (Nepal Television). I am trying to limit it to people who know me very closely so I don't have to waste time establishing my credibility. Right now, our goal is to hit $5000, which gives us around 700 tents. Each tent is 12ft x 18ft, waterproof, and can house 10 people. The total need in the VDC we are targeting is 1200 tents. We will raise our goal accordingly.
Depending on how successful we are, we will create a replicable model with more people on the ground who are willing to self-mobilize and expand to other districts. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions and concerns. Time is of essence, those of us wanting to help need to act fast.