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Relief and Rebuilding from Nepal Earthquake

by The Mountain Fund
Relief and Rebuilding from Nepal Earthquake

Dear Donor, Supporter and Friend. 

It's been 2 years since Nepal was devasted by a series of large earthquakes. Please take a moment to read our report (attached as a link) on all we've done in response to those quakes with your support and assistance.  It's time for us to move on. We've done all we can at this point. Please visit our project Her Farm Nepal. We will continue to be in the village of Mankhu and Goganpani as well working on other development projects in these communities and hope you'll visit our project Her Farm Nepal and watch our progress. https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/womens-farming-cooperative/

Thank you. 

The Mountain Fund

 

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Giant "tipper trucks" continue to reach the villages here at Her Farm in the Dhading District thanks to the road improvements your support allowed us to make. People are starting to receive money from the government as well as the go-ahead to start rebuilding. These huge trucks are able to bring 3-4 times the materials in one load, compared to the smaller trucks. Before the road improvements, only small trucks were able to navigate the road up to the villages but now these large ones can as well. That hasn't hurt the small truck business though, in fact it's beter for them as well. Instead of only one small truck serving these villages, as it was before the quakes, we now have 3 smaller trucks taking farm products down to market and bringing materials up on a daily basis. The people in the village win two ways. First they can get more product to market and at better prices due to competition in the trucking sector now.  Secondly, they can transport far more building materials at far less cost than before. 

I'm attaching some photos of progress on the first full-service emergency shelter/emergency coordiation center in the country which we are building at Her Farm Nepal, as well as some photos of the giant trucks bringing building materials up for that project. 

The road needs more improvements to reach some upper villages and those same upper villages are experiencing water shortages as well. We are currently examining just how to get water up to them as well as how to further improve the road, so please, don't forget us here in Nepal, rebuilding is really just begun and the funding from the government isn't going to get much done. 

 

Thanks for your continued help 

 

Scott

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Steel Rebar Unloaded
Steel Rebar Unloaded

Ground has been broken on the Dhading District's first and only disaster relief center. In fact we're only aware of one other such facility in the entire country of Nepal. In the past year and half, work has been progressing slowly throughout Nepal to recover from the massive 2015 quakes. Meanwhile at various locations in Nepal there have been huge landslides and severe flooding. No where are there Emgergency Preparedness Shelters equipped to assist people in times of trouble nor are there command and control centers to help villages organize in disasters. 

We're building a complete center to serve the villages surrounding Her Farm. When complete the center will have a medical clinic, small medical lab to support the clinic, a tailoring center to make clothing for disaster victims, 10,000 gallons of freshwater supply, sleeping area for up to 150 people, kitchen capable of feeding 150 people a day, solar and other backup power systems, multiple toilets, a local FM radio to disseminate news throughout the local communities and trained staff to manage everything.  

We have trained one girl as a nurse who is now on duty at Her Farm and we have two other local girls from the village in training, one to be a nurse assistant and one as a lab technician. In addition we have others from the village in training as veterinary technicain to care for any injured livestock and agricultural technician to oversee and assist with farm recovery efforts following disasters. We have one woman on the staff fully trained in FM radio operation and we are training other women in photography and videography to mobilize as field observers for disasters. 

There is nothing else like this anywhere in Nepal. The building itself is paid for thanks to donors. We are now seeking help for beds, blankets, huge pots and pans to prepare large quantities of food, bowls and cups, stainless steel food prep tables and kitchen utensils as well as medical lab equipment and FM radio equipment. 

Estimated completion of construction with be in 6 months. 

Main Collumns Being Excavated by Hand
Main Collumns Being Excavated by Hand
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Biogass tank for school toilet
Biogass tank for school toilet

Rebuilding things in Nepal takes a very long time. The GoN has only provided relief to a handful of families, though we've provided nearly $50,000 to families in our area for rebuilding, many will not move ahead sans government funding. 

The planned disaster center is moving ahead thanks to a generous donor.  In Nepal, there isn't a system of "safe places" that are stocked and ready to take in those impacted by quakes, landslides or other natural disasters such as we have in the West. There isn't a disaster response agency, emergency radio network or designated gathering place. There soon will be at Her Farm. We are about to start construction on a 5000sf facility that will house a medical clinic, small medical lab, food supplies, tailor and clothmaking shop and provide room for 150 people to live in times of disaster.

The disaster center will have solar and battery back up systems for power, water and food stores and even a community FM radio station (owned and operated by the women of Her Farm, of course) to disseminate critical information to the villages served. While funding for the building of the disaster center has been secured. Funding for cots, cooking equipment, blankets, emergency food stocks and for the radio station has not been secured so we are counting on all of you at GlobalGiving to lend a hand and help us create one of the very few disaster preparedness centers in Nepal. 

The local school was damaged but we do not have any funds to enable us to offer to rebuild it. The damaged school is still being used, though it is flagged by the government as unsafe. There isn't any alternative at the moment but to use the school even in it's present condition. The land the school sits on is too small to construct any temporary classrooms on. We are negotiating a land-swap with a family in the village who owns land that adjoins the school grounds. We own a nice piece of farmland, with a good house, not far from the school If we are succesful in trading that for the land that adjoins the school we can construct some temporary classrooms and move out of the condemed school house. Then, whenever we can find funds we can get that condemned school rebuilt. If the landowner will not trade properties with us we will have to wait until the disaster preparedness center is built, then perhaps we can shift classes there temporarily while the current schoolhouse is knocked down and rebuilt. 

 

We are moving ahead with rebuilding the toilets at the school and including a biogas design that will capture methane gas for use with a stove burner. That will allow the school to boil water for safe drinking water. 

Biogas system
Biogas system
Her Farm women prepare for disaster radio station
Her Farm women prepare for disaster radio station
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The last section of road
The last section of road

With the monsoon season now underway we've halted further work on the road until the fall. We have completed 4.5 kilometers of road widening and drainage ditches. The road to Mankhu that serves Gogapani and other nearby villages is now twice as wide as previously and able to support much larger vehicles which will be needed to bring supplies and materials up to the villages, as well as farm products from the villages down to the marketplace. This project not only affords the transport of earthquake reconstruction material but will bring economic benefit for years to come. 

We are starting work now on a disaster preparedness center to serve the villages in this area. While no one in Nepal would like to talk about the "next" quakes, there' little question in the minds of any experts that this was not the last disaster we could see in our lifetimes. Building on the lessons learned in 2015 and based on the feedback of many local people as well as on the ground observation, we've begun work on a 5,000sf emergency center. 

The center will serve up to a dozen villages in this area and be able to provide emergency shelter, food, clothing, communication systems and transport systems, all of which are needed to respond to a calamity such as the 2015 quakes. Unlike the US, for example, Nepal has no system of approved shelters or gathering points in times of trouble. There are no government buildings in the area with command and control capabilities, no stocks of non-perishable food and no buildings large enough to provide emergency shelter to large groups of people. Our project will fill this void and provide much needed support in times of trouble. 

In times when there is no trouble, the facility will be used as a training center for women in particular, but not exclusively. 

Stockpiling cement for the emergency center
Stockpiling cement for the emergency center
Functions of Disaster Aid Center
Functions of Disaster Aid Center
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The Mountain Fund

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico - USA
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Project Leader:
Scott MacLennan
International Director
Albuquerque, New Mexico United States

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