Solokumbu and Sindhupalchok

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Solokumbu and Sindhupalchok

 

By chance we met Regine Van Esse – a wonderful Belgium nurse who was leaving in a small village of Juge in Solokumbu district for the last 3 years. She came to Ktm trying to organize some help for her village (27 households) and the one next to it – Dhodhre (22 households) which didn’t get any government or private assistance. We could execute Cash for Work prolect in those two villages sending them 28 tarpalings and small amount of money (total 17800rup). Also by chance we met extremely active and dedicated Ukraniane couple Anna and Slava Fedoryshyn who were living in Ktm for the last 4 months. Since the earthquake they went to the most affected inaccessible villages of Sindupalchok district almost every day delivering tons of relief. They received founds mostly from wealthy Kathmandu business community who wanted to be sure that the all aid they provide would be delivered directly.  More then six weeks after the disaster people’s enthusiasm was getting weaker.  We could assist Anna and Slava  in 4 projects in different villages of Sindupalchok and Gorkha districts distributing 1472 tarpalins ( kindly provided to us by Tata Sustanability Find) and giving some cash (up to now we gave 25000rup but one project of school water supply is still in progress, it might take 40000r more). Once Urgyen, who joined me here on June 5th and was an immense help went with them for the relief distribution trip to Sindhupalchok and was deeply affected by what he have seen. I’m attaching his pic at the end of the letter.  Also Urgyen and me traveled with Anna and Slava for a few days to the very end of Sindupalchok road  – place called Timbu. We went there to see the residential secondary school for 350 kids which was completely destroyed (pic attached at the end). They used to have a hostel for 60 girls and were in process of building a hostel for 50 boys.  Many children from areas around who couldn’t get a place in the hostel would walk to school up to 5 hours a day back and forth. Now only about 40 kidds attending the school as it’s dangerous to walk and no place to stay. Being in that area is just brakes your heat. Endless rive of human sufferings and pain sucks you in and just carry you on and on. Many times only concentrating on unbelievable beauty of surrounding mountains and forests could restore me to sanity.  People were also amazing – very gentle, simple, giving  and extremely resourceful.  Very poor, but with lots of dignity.  We are still fuguring out how we can help in that school – the project is too big for us and up to now we couldn’t find any partners to take it together but I’m sure something will come our way.

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The Next Project

In September 2015 Fantastic Initiative is planning to start building a primary school in Gothan Devi (156 students) in Tipling village, Dhading district. Tipling village is home to about 3400 people located deep in the Himalayas on the Tibet border. Half of the people are Buddhists and half are Christians. It takes 2 days to drive and one days walk to reach the village from Kathmandu.  During the earthquake almost all the houses were either destroyed completely or became unsafe to live in. The village has three primary schools and one secondary school. They all were flattened out. The cost of the construction is high because all the materials other than stones need to be brought from Kathmandu. The estimated cost of one school with 6 classrooms + staff room + kitchen + two toilets = $55,000.

http://www.thequint.com/world/2015/08/04/in-pictures-100-days-since-the-earthquake-how-nepal-has-fared

2In Pictures: 100 Days Since the Earthquake, How Nepal Has Fared – The Quint An eye-witness account of the Nepal tragedy that affected the lives of many and why she went back again and again. Read more…