Another earthquake. Aftershocks for days.
You feel helpless. You can't just hop on a plane and fly over to help. Besides, you wouldn't know how to help when you got there.
Then there are way too many places soliciting for money to help Nepal. How do you know if your money is going to actually help people in Nepal?
Well lucky for you! I have a solution.
The EWB-UF Nepal Team has been dedicated to helping the community of Khanalthok since September 2013 and we aren't stopping now. Four days ago a second earthquake hit Nepal. This second earthquake hit Khanalthok harder than the first one did. Nobody was hurt, but more houses were structurally compromised, some important livestock were killed and more people need your help.
Would you consider donating to help Khanalthok for both short term relief and long term development?
In addition to our commitment to the community through Engineers Without Borders, our team has committed to raising money to send to Khanalthok for immediate earthquake relief. After postponing travel in the wake of the initial earthquake, our team is not sure when we are going to be able to visit the community for our secondary assessment trip. It could be August, December, or even next summer. Between now and the next time we are able to travel, whenever it may be, we are going to give 20% of all donations to immediate relief.
Meet our friend Shree Krishna Dhital. (Also how cute is that goat, I can't resist a picture of a cute goat. One day Goats Without Borders will be a real thing.)
|Shree's House after the first earthquake.|
Shree is from a community near Khanalthok called Phoolbari that was rocked by the earthquakes. He has contributed a great deal to earthquake relief in Phoolbari with the Rotary Club of Dhulikhel and Rotary Community Corps Simalchaur. Shree has agreed to visit Khanalthok in the coming weeks to see how he and his affiliates can help. The 20% of your donations will go straight to Shree's efforts in Khanalthok and surrounding areas.
Despite his own personal devastation, Shree is dedicated to working to help his community. This is what Shree has been working on in and around Phoolbari.
These buckets are filled with basic toiletries and some food items to be distributed in Phoolbari.
150+ relief packages were distributed.
Shree was working in a Relief Plus health camp distributing relief packages and providing health checkups in Phoolbari Village when the 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit on May 12.
"More than 200 people were present in the program and suddenly the earthquake hit the ground frightening the people around."
-Shree Krishna Dhital
Many people are using their old roofs to build temporary shelter. Building requires little technical knowledge and less manpower. They use the local available resources and techniques.
After the second earthquake hit Nepal, most of the people are staying outside, either building a new temporary shelter or a tarp shelter.
-Shree Krishna Dhital
Unfortunately, the corrugated metal roofing material makes the shelters very cold during the nights and very hot during the days.
These buckets contain rice, lentils, cereals, sugar, salt, spices, oil, plates, spoons, and a jug that will sustain a family of five for a week. These were distributed before the second earthquake.
So here's the deal. 20% of all direct donations between now and our secondary assessment trip will go directly to earthquake relief. No big NGOs. No travel funds. The money will go straight to Khanalthok.
The rest of your donation will go to long term development in the village. But the awesome part is that the long term development of the village is also a way for us young engineers to gain experience with real life engineering and to widen our perspectives. So you get to kill two birds with one stone. You get to help the long term development of Khanalthok while growing the next generation of globally minded engineers. Sounds pretty great, huh?