Relief for Nepal: Rebuilding a School
Organized by: M Reza Samadi
UPDATE #2: ALMOST THERE!!!
March 06, 2017
Nepal has fallen out of the news cycle, but children over there are still suffering and as monsoons give way to fall and winter, families are still struggling to rebuild their lives. This is not a perfect cause. Politics and bureaucracy have added to the catastrophe, but just like last time, we will go direct to the community level to make a real difference.
We have an opportunity to directly improve the lives of children who lost their school and by working directly on a community level, we can ensure the funds raised will go further. As you know, Nepal was hit by devastating earthquakes in April and May 2015 that killed almost 9000 people. The country was hit hard and relief work has still not reached the people who need it most.
On August 18th, 2015 I went to Nepal to help people who lost everything. I took about $5000, raised by the Relief for Nepal Fundraiser, an event put on by Peacelink Live, Grateful Generation and MuzArt World Foundation to help rebuild. My flights and accomodation were self-funded so the money raised went directly to the people in need.
My journey took me to the village of Chaughare, Lalitpur where I was introduced to Assistant Principal Buddha Kaji. The village was hit hard by the earthquakes and relief has been hampered by it's remote location. Hardest hit was the primary school. Half of the classrooms were destroyed and I found school kids crammed into storerooms to take classes and stay out of the monsoon rains.
No school, no hope. It was obvious where our funds were needed most.
In two short weeks, with the help of local Pragya Ratna Ghullu we successfully purchased and transported supplies from Kathmandu to Chaughare and set about to build two temporary classrooms to give the kids some space to learn while distributing school supplies, blankets, oil and salt to the villagers.
But the real work begins now.
For $10000, we can build a permanent classroom building to replace this one above destroyed by the earthquake. For a further $5000, we can provide the school with supplies and equipment and directly benefit the children of this village with a real functioning school! In kind donations of any school related equipment - science, math, art, music supplies much welcomed and appreciated!
Together, we can directly benefit the lives of people a million miles away; we can really help families in need. Every contribution will leaving a lasting impression.
Yours Truly, Reza Samadi and Peacelink Live