You've helped over 2,000 kids like these
As December arrives, and the new year approaches, it’s amazing to reflect on what your incredible generosity has allowed us in achieve since we first arrived in Nepal.
Our team landed on May 5, just ten days after the first earthquake. Scenes of devastation were everywhere, but with your amazing support we were able to rise to the challenge. And, over the last seven months we’ve already helped over 5,600 earthquake survivors.
We’ve provided relief in six of the fourteen affected districts and this has included 6.4 tonnes of food aid. We’ve also provided shelter and household items for almost 300 families and water for more than 1,100 people.
We’ve also supported the education of almost 2,100 kids by helping them get back to school and learning again. With your support we’ve provided classroom space to around 700 of these kids and school supplies for 1,400 more.
We think this is amazing and we’re incredibly grateful for everything you’ve enabled us to achieve in Nepal so far. Thank you so much!
But the last few months have brought frustrations too.
For example in our last report we announced our plans to construct three permanent classrooms at the Bhadrakali school in Sindhupalchok. After months of monsoon rain we were keen to get started as soon as possible.
But, just as the weather changed for the better, Nepal was struck by a fuel crisis. This has made gasoline very hard to come by and material and transport costs have rocketed as a result.
After the earthquakes this is the last thing the people of Nepal need right now. It means reconstruction plans across the country, including ours in Sindhupalchok, have all been put on hold. This is frustrating, especially for all the kids and staff at Bhadrakali school.
But rather than let frustration get the better of us, we’re making all the progress we can. Until we can continue our work in Sindhupalchok we’ve turned our attention to Bhaktapur. Its closer location to Kathmandu mean the fuel and transport challenges are much easier to deal with in the short term.
In Bhaktapur we’ve recently started work at the Adarsha school where we’re now repairing four permanent classrooms.
Our previous classrooms were all transitional and we’re delighted to now be working on permanent buildings despite the fuel situation.
We'll be working on many more classrooms in the future, both in Bhaktapur and Sindhupalchok, so we’ve recently just launched a new project on GlobalGiving to Give the Gift of Education to kids in Nepal.
Moving forward, we’ll be posting our future education based reports through that project. You can learn more about our work at the Adarsha school by reading the first of those reports here.
If you’d like to receive these new education project reports automatically then please consider making a donation to that project also. Of course, if you’d like to continue supporting our general non-education based work, then we’d also gladly welcome further donations to this project as well.
If you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.
You've provided water to over 1,100 people
Sadly people are now waiting hours for fuel
But we're still repairing classrooms like this one