This is our second post focused on Nepal in the aftermath of the April 25 earthquake. Our first post, Standing with Nepal, focused on the immediate needs: surveying the damage, providing medical care and urgently needed supplies, food and water. Now, with this post we focus on our rebuilding efforts in Nepal.
August 13, 2015
It’s been more than 100 days since the Nepal earthquake hit. Our shelters in Khokana and Bungmati are almost complete, and now efforts are focused on electricity, water supplies, and putting in three toilets. In one week, all the new houses will be turned over the people.
Stay tuned for our next project, starting next week: rebuilding a school at Dhulikhel.
August 4, 2015
Progress continues in Khokana and Bungamati villages where Journeys is building a total of 20 houses.
July 26, 2015
Today Journeys visited Khokana Village, one of the oldest medieval villages in Patan, Lalitpur. One of the biggest issues here is cleaning out the rubble and debris where several houses and monuments were destroyed. Michigan residents Maureen and Thomas Kolhoff joined forces with us to provide supplies and labor needed to clean up the debris and help build shelters.
July 25, 2015
To date, we have constructed 32 shelters in our Okhaldhunga villages and also rebuilt the schools at Okhaldhunga and Wana, Shankhuwasava (East of Everest. Arun Valley). Today we are in Khokana and Bungamati in Patan, Lalitpur. We aim to construct 20 more shelters at Khokana and Bungamati villages.
From Narayan: “I am so glad to tell you that we are really helping those who are struggling and still without basic necessities. We thank all our global donors who help us help the affected families. We still invite you to donate to the earthquake rebuilding projects.
We are trying our best to help the affected families return to day-to-day normal life.”
July 14, 2015
Next up for the earthquake relief campaign: Journeys Nepal is heading to Khokana and Bungamati to help people make shelter with zinc sheets and bamboo. We are planning on making small a colony of 14 houses in Khokana and 6-8 separate houses in Bungamati. Updates and photos coming soon!
July 2, 2015
While in Wana, Journeys Nepal also successfully conducted a health clinic for villagers. Co-sponsored by the district health office and Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU in Michigan). From Narayan:
We examined 1,180 people and provided free medicine, ECG (50 ppl), ultrasound (190 ppl), x-rays (110 ppl), and paps (50 women). Thank you very much to all the doctors (the OB-Gyns, dermatologist, orthopedic surgeon, dentist, and general physician) and assistants who came from Kathmandu and the district hospital of Khandbari. Special thanks to Dr. Gupta Bahadur Shrestha (Medical Director of Helping Hands community Hospital and Chairman of district hospital, Sankhuwasabha Khandbari), Professor Marcia Shannon and SVSU family, David Shannon, Journeys international, and all the volunteers of Wana Youth Club and Wana School.
July 2, 2015
Journeys Nepal spent 10 days at the end of June to the east of Everest, in the Arun Valley, visiting Wana, Sankhuwasagba. Here, we helped rebuild and renovate Wana’s higher secondary school. We also hosted a health clinic for the villagers. “Life is getting back to normal now. People are building their shelters, which is the highest priority since monsoon season starts soon,” said Narayan.
June 20, 2015
Narayan with villagers
Once he returned to Kathmandu, Narayan posted many photos of the rebuilding project in the Thulachhap village of the Okhaldhunga district. Here, Narayan explains the impact Journeys Nepal was able to have, as well as the work that is still to be done.
We helped to renovate and build 32 homes for the villagers, and we built a shelter for the school (Raktamala Primary school) where 220 students are studying. We also donated some paper to the school.
The village is thickly populated by lower caste people (Kami, Damai Sarki) who are very poor economically but so rich for their culture. We were so touched by the smile and friendliness of the people. I have seen many people’s eyes full of tears, seeing how happy they were when we distributed zinc sheet and building materials.
Monsoon season is nearly here, and we are glad to be making progress, but there is so much more to be done. Our hearts go out to those who are still without basic necessities, and we hope that public and private sectors in Nepal can pull together and reach those communities in time.
June 17, 2015
On the third day of rebuiliding in Okhaldhunga, the Journeys Nepal team helped build shelters and renovate a school. Much to their surprise, at 3pm the team was invited to a school program, where the students and several parents welcomed them with a dance and flowers.
June 15, 2015
The Journeys Nepal team headed to Okhaldunga for a few days of rebuilding the village and its school. We distributed zinc sheets (metal sheeting for roofs), rebuilt homes and helped rebuild a school.
June 2: Surveying damage and distributing supplies in the Saramthali Rasuwa district.
June 2, 2015
Yesterday the Journeys Nepal team, along with founder Aanchi Sherpa, visited the Saramthali Rasuwa district as part of the relief and rebuilding program. We distributed zinc sheets (metal sheeting for roofs), rice, oil, lentils and beaten rice to the villagers. On-the-ground volunteers reported: “We spent the night there and met so many local people. Most of the houses destroyed; the ones that look ok from the outside are completely destroyed inside. People are now trying to rebuild their homes, so the zinc sheets are a critical supply at this point.