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Building a better future for Nepal's children
Back in April, Nepal hit the front pages around the world when it was struck by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake, which caused terrible devastation and sadly many deaths and injuries. In the following weeks, we all followed their struggle as hundreds of aftershocks continued to rock the country and its people.
However in typical Nepalese fashion, once the ground had settled they were grateful to have survived and set about the task of rebuilding their lives. Fortunately our Children’s Home survived unscathed, and so we have been able to raise additional funds to provide direct aid to the local community in the form of food supplies, tarpaulins for emergency shelters and now new building materials to help with replacing their homes.
Now, to discover how their recovery is going six months on, the BBC website has revisited the country, including the Dhading district where our Bethany Children’s Home is based – click here to see their article.
Following the two big earthquakes (and numerous aftershocks) which struck Nepal earlier this year, we have made extra efforts to raise funds to send out to support the relief effort. People here in the UK have been very generous, enabling us to send additional money direct to our Housefather so he can purchase and distribute supplies where they are needed most in the local communities.
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When the first big earthquake struck in Nepal on 25 April, it made headline news around the world. Measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale it caused tremendous damage, killing thousands and leaving many more homeless. Our children’s home was only 30 miles from the epicentre of this huge earthquake, but fortunately it was one of the few buildings to survive unscathed. However with regular aftershocks in the days following, our children were too afraid to stay inside and opted to live in the open air.
When the second big earthquake struck on the other side of Kathmandu on 12 May, there had been over 100 aftershocks across the region. As news began to filter in from the more remote villages, it was clear they had been particularly hard hit, with up to 95% of homes destroyed in some areas. The death toll eventually rose to over 8000, with many more injured and homeless.
Even now, some eight weeks later, the country continues to be shaken by aftershocks as it begins trying to rebuild. On 17 June, Kathmandu was hit by another 4.4 magnitude earthquake. And with many people now living in tents or makeshift shelters, the prospect of the impending three-month monsoon season means life is going to get harder still before they see any signs of improvement.
Although details are brief, we’ve had a message from Nepal to say that everyone at the Home is ok. They are currently living outside due to the fear of aftershocks, which is understandable, but this is obviously a great relief to us all. No news yet on whether there is any damage to the Home itself. We were careful to make sure we spent sufficient to ensure it was well-built, so hopefully any damage will be minimal and fairly easy to put right.
However some of the villages we have helped in the past (with water pipelines, school buildings and supplies, etc) will no doubt have been harder hit. So we will be trying to offer as much support as we can to help them, as living out in tents will be extremely difficult once the monsoon season arrives in the summer.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those caught up in the violent earthquake in central Nepal. Unfortunately Dhading, where our Children’s Home is located, is midway between Kathmandu and Pokhara and therefore directly in the area most affected. Urgent attempts are obviously now being made to contact our family there and we pray they are all ok
Building work at the school continues to make progress. Check out the website for pictures of the work being done.
The last few weekends have been busy times as we’ve been out fund-raising at various carnivals – well this is supposed to be summer, after all! Unfortunately the weather seemed to be running a little behind…
First we were over at Willenhall Carnival on 15 June – as well as a couple of really heavy downpours we saw some decent spells of sunshine so there was still a reasonable number of people out and about.
The following week we travelled down to Brintons Park in Kidderminster. It started raining before we’d even finished setting up, and sadly didn’t improve a great deal until later in the afternoon. Consequently it didn’t seem as busy as we were expecting, but it was understandable.
Taking a break from the carnival mood, Ashwood Nurseries had kindly invited us back for the last weekend in June. Both days turned out dry and bright, albeit rather blustery, and the chance to look round the wonderful plants (and buy a couple) ended the weekend nicely.
This weekend saw another regular – the Wombourne Carnival – which is always the first Sunday in July. And what a day! The hottest day of the year brought everyone out to enjoy the day and make the most of the glorious weather. And with Andy Murray triumphing at Wimbledon, it’s been a memorable day.
And there’s a big weekend ahead to bring this run of fund-raising events to a close – the Wolverhampton City Show is on in West Park, and we’ll be there on both days. It looks like the great weather could still be around too, so hopefully there will be plenty of people about and it will be another successful weekend for us.
Fundraising has already started this year to provide for the basic needs of our children’s home – food, uniforms, education, etc. We have already had collections in both the Mander and Wulfrun Centres in Wolverhampton, and a number of other venues have been lined up throughout the year. Can you spare a couple of hours to help us?
Having taken the best part of the last couple of years, 2012 saw the completion of our Children’s Home. Whilst it obviously remains central to our work, with the building work now done, it enables us to look for a new project to undertake.
The primary school in Chainpur, home village of our house father, Babin Lama, has needed attention for some years. It is single storey with five classrooms and a good playground, but the roof leaks badly, especially in monsoon. We wish to rebuild it with seven rooms to include a new staffroom and office. The usual materials need to be sourced – bricks, cement, wood, iron bars – as well as zinc plate roofing (although tiles would be preferable – less noisy but inevitably more costly). The estimate is £6,400 which would include furniture, toilets and washing facilities and the hiring of a site manager at £5 per day and other local labour. Gap year students and others would be welcome to get involved and help.
If you are able to organise a fundraising event – be it a fun run or marathon, a dance or music event, or a coffee morning, raffle, cupcake party, etc – we’d love to hear from you.
We can also offer a laptop presentation “Nepal: the Heavenly Kingdom” if you have a group that may be interested. Please get in touch to find out more or book a date.
Summertime means carnivals, but unfortunately the summer weather doesn’t seem to have remembered! This year we decided to add a new venue to our list, with a first visit to the Willenhall Carnival. And this was quickly followed by a regular fixture in our calendar, the Wombourne Carnival – held on the first Sunday in July, where there always seems to be a good turnout from the village residents. Thankfully the weather stayed dry and bright for both weekends, bringing out good crowds to enjoy themselves and helping to make each carnival a great success.