HHC Team sorting supplies for Dhading villages
It has been two months since the magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal, taking more than 8,000 lives and impacting countless others. The effect the quake has had on the remote villages served by Himalayan HealthCare (HHC) has been devastating with more than 600 deaths reported in the region and thousands without shelter after their homes, schools and health clinics have collapsed.
To see more than 23 years of community development work literally fall to pieces has been heartwrenching. But HHC’s two decades in the villages of Tipling, Sherthung, Lapa and more recently Jharlang have not been in vein. Our team’s knowledge of the region and its reputation among the Dhading government and population allowed HHC to provide immediate relief to these remote, hard-to-reach villages and to serve as a trusted local partner to a number of international aid organizations.
Within 24 hours of the earthquake, HHC had seven metric tons of food and a medical relief team in Dhading. Within ten days, HHC had:
- Donated generators to the district administration to reestablish power and telephone service to facilitate disaster relief;
- Equipped the 25-bed district hospital so it was capable of carrying out surgery;
- Secured 40 metric tons of food, one and a half metric tons of medicines and three metric tons of non-food supplies including tents and blankets;
- Placed two medical teams in two isolated and badly hit villages;
- Sent a surveillance team of engineers to assess damage in northern Dhading; and
- Helped organize communities in four northern Dhading villages to fix trails so that long-term relief and rebuilding can be carried out more efficiently.
HHC has also assisted with the logistics for NYC Medics, AmeriCares, GlobalMedic and other relief organizations operating in the Dhading region.
Given the scope of the damage in northern Dhading, HHC is continuing to lead long-term relief and rebuilding efforts in the villages it has served for 23 years as well as surrounding areas. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Rebuilding 30 schools using materials and processes that will reduce casualties in the event of a future earthquake;
- Overseeing government-mandated relocation of certain villages;
- Supervising reconstruction of more than 2,400 homes;
- Ensuring new structures have appropriate toilets and clean cookstoves to promote public health;
- Rehabilitating agricultural and livestock programs that have been affected by the earthquake;
- and ensuring children are able to continue with their schooling by providing temporary facilities.
HHC’s earthquake relief efforts are directly supporting more than 35,000 individuals.
Our relief work has been publicly endorsed by New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo and supported by more than 1,000 individuals around the world as well as GlobalGiving, Brother’s Brother Foundation, American Jewish World Service, AmeriCares and many other institutional donors.
We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of concern and generosity and we invite you to follow updates on our relief efforts via our website.
Thank you for your support as we continue to rebuild communities and restore hope to the people of Nepal.
US Director, Himalayan HealthCare
Relief efforts in northern Dhading
HHC donating solar panels to Dhading police
HHC supplies heading to northern Dhading villages
HHC Team clearing landslides and rebuilding trails