Village Ways Director Richard Hearn updates us on the Village Ways Nepal Earthquake Support appeal.
On behalf of the fund steering committee we would like to update you on progress in the villages of the Sailung District where Village Ways works.
When the earthquakes struck Nepal in April and May, we were determined to support our partner communities and help them in direct, practical ways. In the immediate aftermath of the second quake, we delivered canvas tents to provide shelter for hundreds of families. Since then, we have been raising funds to deliver further help through our Village Ways Nepal Earthquake Support appeal, and we would like to thank everyone for their donations. In addition, we would like to thank our UK travel partners Inntravel for their most generous support.
Thankfully, the Monsoon was not too heavy this year and so no further major deterioration to buildings and infrastructure was caused by heavy rain.
Over a month has passed now since the end of the monsoon and given good opportunity for the village communities and the committee to assess where the fund would be most useful. There are three schools in the Pasiban area – Kharpani Village school, Pasiban Village school and Kharsubhathan village school, all in need of rebuilding and it is to these that we are focusing the fund's attention.
There has been some recent political instability in Nepal and the government has been slow to make some critical rebuilding decisions with very little funding flowing out to remoter villages. We are assessing designs to best withstand future earthquakes, applying to regional authorities for permission to rebuild and assessing how much can be done with funds to date (standing at just over £6,000). It looks as if one small, but good room can be provided for each village school, designed to accommodate future building as we raise more funds. You can still donate to the appeal, with online donations via http://www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/VillagewaysNepalquakeappeal.
Many thanks again to everyone who has supported our appeal, and we will continue to give updates.