Relief for Nepal: Rebuilding a School
Team Member: Carlos Cordova
M Reza Samadi wrote -
As you know, Nepal was hit by devastating earthquakes in April and May 2015. While only 9000 people were killed, the country was hit hard and relief work has not reached the people who need it most. 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.
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 locals Pragya Ratna Ghullu and the good people at Console Mission, a local micro-NGO, 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.
Nepal has fallen out of the news cycle, but people 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.
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