Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal

by The Nepal Trust
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Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Agriculture Support in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Community Leaders and Nepal Trust staff
Community Leaders and Nepal Trust staff

Rebuilding homes and lives is now underway but what a task! Hundreds of villages have been flattened and crops and farm animals destroyed. The massive earthquakes less than a year a go were followed by a monsoon that created more grief and hardship and made movement more difficult as landslips were common on the already loose ground. Winter came with heavy snow on the higher ground and village people had to survive with only the emergency shelter, food and materials supplied by the Nepal Trust and other agencies. And aftershocks continue! As recently as only three weeks a go a shock of 4.7 magnitude was recorded in Sindalpulchowk, our project area.

We are pleased to report that the project materials supported by GG finally reached Tarkegyang village before the onset of winter. All roads and trails had been destroyed and it took a great effort to clear them for vehicle and porter movement. The village received 170 galvanised iron sheet bundles to provide temporary housing benefitting 81 households, a community hall and the gompa. This village is in Helambu at high elevation and the villagers would have struggled to survive the harsh winters experienced at this elevation.

In other villages in Sindalpulchowk the Trust has provided emergency relief in many ways including temporary shelter, the provision of Temporary Learning Centres (TLCs) to provide continuing education for local children, agricultural and veterinary support, building skills education and local business support to get the economy up and running again.

Future plans have moved on to the rebuilding phase and the Trust will focus on the repair of irrigation, electricity and road systems. Support to local farmers and small businesses to get the economy functioning again. We are heavily focussed on the rebuilding of schools to ensure local children can continue their education and ensure they still have a future. The Shree Ghorkonath Primary School is now fully funded through a magnificent grant from GlobalGiving and work is about to start for completion by the next school year. A similar school, Shree Reshankhu, will start building very soon once all funding is in place. Both schools will be built in an earthquake resillient manner and will have vastly improved facilities. A third school, in Bharatpur, Chitwan, is also ready to start. This school is the only school in Nepal for deaf children so it is extremely important to get this project underway and support these already deprived children. Funding is almost in place but further help and support would be much appreciated.

This is a tragedy beyond most of our imaginations. Thank you all so much for all your support and we hope you will continue to help in what ever way you can. Why not discuss it with your friends and suggest ways they could help? We all look for improvements in our own lives lets make improvements for those suffering in this earthquake tragedy.

GI sheet distribution
GI sheet distribution
GI sheet distribution in Tarkegyang
GI sheet distribution in Tarkegyang
Water and Irrigation pipes
Water and Irrigation pipes
Repairing Irrigation system
Repairing Irrigation system
Metal Electricity Poles
Metal Electricity Poles
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A new sewing machine
A new sewing machine

Getting about in Sindalpalchowk is always difficult but the earthquake, followed by a monsoon on already unstable ground, makes it almost impossible to deliver large and bulky items. Roads are still closed and it will be a few weeks before most are reopened. Our GG funded project in Tarkegyang is affected like this but we expect the road to be opened soon to lorries so we can move ahead with the project. However, we have not been sitting around and have focussed on other villages to get urgent supplies and materials in. Two Temporary Learning Centres (TLCs) have been constructed in Kunchok VDC which has enabled children to get back to school as quickly as possible

Farmers have been supported in many ways. Fresh seed supplies, tunnel plastics, sprayers, pesticides, cultivation equipment, etc, have been supplied to many farmers to get them quickly back to what they do best. The Trust has also supplied veterinary support services to check farm animals and provide vaccinations and medicines.

Under government certified training schemes we have provided skills training for 8 stonemasons to learn earthquake resilience building methods. This will provide an established qualification for future income generation activities. Likewise we have provided a number of sewing machines to skilled operators so they can also start to earn a living again.

A new project to repair a road and electricity supply to a remote village is currently at the planning stage. A major project funded by GG to rebuild the Shree Gorkhana Primary school in Helambu VDC will get underway early in 2016 once the winter snows have cleared. All plans are prepared and ready to go.

Many thanks to all our supporters, particularly to GG, for all your help with this tragic disaster. The need will go on for years so if you can continue to help we would be very grateful. The people affected by this tragedy are very resillient and all they require is a small lift to restart their lives.

Farmer support
Farmer support
Temporary Learning Centre
Temporary Learning Centre
Stonemason training
Stonemason training
Veterinary services
Veterinary services
Appreciation Letter
Appreciation Letter

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GI sheets ready for Tarkegyang.
GI sheets ready for Tarkegyang.

Natural disasters recede fairly rapidly from the public mind as new ones take over but for the people involved it is still very much at the forefront of their minds and their daily lives. The reminder is always there when they survey their ruined homes and another aftershock jolts their senses. Immediate emergency support has been distributed although there are still many more remote areas in need of support. For small organisations, like the Nepal Trust, it is only feasible, and sensible, to focus its resources and effort to make the most impact. This disaster is huge, very widespread, and in some of the most difficult terrain on earth.

During the rebuilding phase co-operation is essential to provide a fully coordinated approach. The Trust is working with Dutch based organisations, over a two year period split in to two phases, with the Trust acting as the local coordinator. After an extensive community field assessment using satellite technology 5 VDCs in Sindalpalchowk have been identified as the main project area. These are; Sipapokhare, Kumchok, Nawalpur, Syaule, and Helambu. Altogether these VDCs include 1993 households and a population of 8609 people.

The project has identified 60 farmers who will receive help and special training to rebuild their farms and livelihoods, 8 masons will be trained  in new eathquake resistant building techniques, 15 Dalit families will receive sewing machines to build local businesses. After the monsoon is over an emphasis will be placed on restoring water and irrigation schemes and rebuilding electricity supplies.The project will also encourage other organisations to provide specific project funding by providing matching grants.

Many schools were destroyed in the earthquake and it is a national priority to get as many up and running as quickly as possible. The Trust has supported the construction of three Temporary Learning Centres in Kumchok VDC. These are a special design with concrete flooring and a prefabricated metal construction to give a longer life before a more permanent solution is arrived at. It allows children to rapidly get back to a stable learning environment. We have also supplied building materials to three schools in Gorthali VDC to get them up and running again.

Helambu is a remote and beautiful area that was particularly badly hit. Global Giving gave a substantial grant towards the rebuilding of Tarkegyang village. All the materials have been purchased and await transport to site but, unfortunately, the monsoon has washed away roads and trails. As soon as these are cleared, hopefully very soon, the materials will be delivered for installation by the local community.

Attached to this report is our latest newsletter, a special earthquake edition of Namaste, that provides more detail of our efforts to improve the lives of some of those devastated by the earthquake.

Many, many thanks to those who have donated and who support our work. Thank you to GlobalGiving for being with us and providing such excellent support. Please share with your friends and spread the word. Every penny we receive here in the UK goes directly to Nepal and to those most in need.

Namaste!

Tarkegyang village.
Tarkegyang village.
Community workers Kunchok VDC
Community workers Kunchok VDC
Constructing Temporary Learning Centre, Prativa.
Constructing Temporary Learning Centre, Prativa.
Food supplies ready to go.
Food supplies ready to go.

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Ready to go.
Ready to go.

The full scale of the earthquake disaster in Nepal is slowly unfolding as the more remote areas and villages are reached. Working alone is not an option and it is essential that organisations work together to maximise the effort. The Nepal Trust is working with the Nidan Hospital and an associate group of organisations to deliver emergency help. We are also working with the Integrated Self-Help Association for Rural Development (ISARD) to reach more areas and create more collaboratve linkages. The new areas include the VDCs of Bharabise, Toutali, Pangretar, Karthali, Ghorthali, Dhuskum, Chokati, Piskar, Thumpakhal. We have recently sent:

128 greenhouse plastics for shelter and food production.

3000kg of rice.

42 tarpaulins for schools, healthposts and community centres.

For now the priority remains the urgent need to provide roofing and shelter before the onset of the monsoon. A collaborative meeting on 4 June between a number of donors in the area will plan and coordinate the long-term rehabilitation operation.

Testimonials for our work include:

'Very impressive organisational talent- I just so wish it was available everywhere. Can NT cascade their abilities/ train teams to enable others to replicate their success?'

'So glad you are persevering with aid to the remote areas. I can't imagine the horrors of this awful disaster. Hope you can keep up the good work.'

In cooperation with Nepal Mandal TV we have produced a documentary of the devestation and some of the efforts being made to alleviate the problems. See the link below.

Thank you to our supporters and to GlobalGiving for all your help. Please pass around your friends and get them involved. This is a huge problem that will take a long time to resolve. These people are resourceful and can handle much that the harsh living of the Himalayas throws at them but, this time, it is very hard!

Some of our team
Some of our team
Mother, children and wrecked home.
Mother, children and wrecked home.
No where to go!
No where to go!

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Total distruction
Total distruction

Over the weekend the Nepal Trust with the Nidan Hospital and our collaborative community partners visited Sipa Pokhari VDC in Sindalpalchowk district. There are 9 villages in this VDC with over 600 residents. Whole villages have been destroyed and no one had visited the area up to this point.

Tents had been collected from Dharan near the Indian border and together with food, medical supplies and other urgent needs were driven for several hours to the nearest roadhead. Local community volunteers arranged for motorbikes to transport the supplies to the more remote villages.

The medical volunteers focussed on the health issues while the rest of the team distributed shelter, food and other essential items. 150 tents and 50 tarpaulins, more than 2000kg of rice and large supplies of biscuits, chura and noodles, etc, were distributed.

A Nepal Mandal Television crew were also taken a long so that the desperate state of the villages can be brought to a wider audience.

Fresh supplies of tents are due to arrive from India tomorrow. Money is in urgent need to pay for all these supplies and essential materials. Please pass on this information to your friends and family and encourage them to donate. 

Our Home!
Our Home!
Distributing supplies.
Distributing supplies.
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Location: Glasgow, Scotland - United Kingdom
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Tony Sharpe
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