We are thrilled to share the wonderful news of the successful closure of our fundraising campaign aimed at supporting the research, design, and construction of holistic Early Childhood Development centers in Dho and Taksi villages, Dho-Tarap, Dolpo.
When we embarked on this journey back in September 2021, our initial target was to raise $5,000 to fund the research and construction of two passive solar classrooms for early childhood education. With your tremendous support, we quickly surpassed our goal, raising over $7,000 from around 50 donors. This allowed us to become a permanent member on the GlobalGiving platform, opening new doors for raising funds for research-oriented projects.
Over time, as we conducted extensive research and identified the needs of the community, we raised our fundraising target to $15,000 and then finally to $55,000. Thanks to your continued support, we have raised just over $16,000, with over 95% of the funds utilized primarily in research and associated costs. This enabled us to prepare detailed designs and compelling proposals, one of which was accepted by a government entity. We are pleased to announce that we have secured a grant of approximately $150,000 (Rs. 20 million) to fund the construction of the southern wing of the ECD center in Dho village, a major milestone in our project.
This success would not have been possible without the dedication of our strong team of architects and engineers, who have volunteered their expertise and time to contribute to sustainable design and architecture. Your generous donations have amplified the impact of our efforts, making it all possible.
While we celebrate this achievement, we recognize that there is still much work ahead. Detailed designs of the ECD center need to be completed, structural analysis must be conducted, and building materials researched and identified. We also aim to construct the northern wing of the ECD center in Dho village and establish an entirely new center in Tokyu village, and eventually, in all villages in Dolpo.
Moreover, as we face the challenges posed by changing climate trends and extreme weather events, we realize the critical importance of continuous research. In light of recent events, such as the flooding in Dho-Tarap caused by extreme rain, we are committed to conducting detailed land surveys and further research on climate patterns in the high Himalayas.
Your unwavering support has been our driving force throughout this journey, and we are incredibly grateful for it. As we look to the future, we are planning to create a new project on GlobalGiving focused solely on fundraising for research related to passive solar infrastructure, changing climate patterns, and other areas. We will keep you informed about this new campaign and other exciting updates on our work.
Once again, thank you for being an invaluable part of our vision and mission. Your belief in our cause motivates us to persevere and work diligently towards creating a better future for the communities we serve.
The Research Team
Passive Solar and Vernacular Architecture