Nepal Earthquake 2015 – Relief Fund Update #1

Wonderful news to report!

Thanks to 43 generous households, we have raised $6,227.36 since our initial call for donations a mere four days ago! We are so very grateful to all of you who donated, and have already begun putting your funds to good use here in Nepal.

This week we helped supply relief missions to the villages of Dharmasthali, Kavresthali, and Hetauda, led by our friends Bikram Karki and Bimal Karki.  Since the earthquake, these intrepid and determined young men have been transporting goods to affected villages, primarily on their mountain bikes…

Supplies loaded into a taxi headed back to their home where Bikram and Bimal organize, pack, and head out on their bikes...

Supplies loaded into a taxi headed back to their home where Bimal (left) and Bikram (right) organize, pack, and head out to affected areas on their bikes…

Image from Bimal Karki

(Photo from Bimal Karki)

With the help of generous donors, Drew and I bought many items for these trips, including baby food, diapers, soap, toothpaste, protective medical masks, chlorine tablets for water purification, tarps for temporary shelter, and other basic supplies…

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Looking through our inventory- organizing and packing for transport...

Looking through our inventory- organizing and packing for transport… (Photo by Bikram Karki)

Loading up the taxi...

Loading up the taxi… (Photo by Bikram Karki)

The next day, we were thrilled to receive these photos of the supplies we bought with your generous contributions in the hands of people in need…

(Photo from Bikram and Bimal Karki)

(Photo from Bikram and Bimal Karki)

Bikram handing out protective medical masks...

Bikram handing out protective medical masks… (Photo from Bikram and Bimal Karki)

Unrolling a tarp for shelter... (Photo from Bikram and Bimal Karki)

Unrolling a tarp for shelter… (Photo from Bikram and Bimal Karki)

(Photo from Bikram and Bimal Karki)

(Photo from Bikram and Bimal Karki)

It was a great experience working alongside Bikram and Bimal, and we hope to do it again soon. They asked us to relay the many messages of profound gratitude they received from the people they visited in Dharmasthali, Kavresthali, and Hetauda… To those of you who helped make the delivery of these supplies possible, they send a very heartfelt DHANYABAD! (“Thank You” in Nepali).

And now, for those of you who are interested, the numbers:
At the writing of this update, we have raised $6,227.36 and spent $1,533.97 on our relief efforts (including the $909.75 in the first days after the earthquake – see a chart of those expenses here). We have $4,693.39 remaining for future relief and rebuilding projects. If you are interested in seeing an itemized list of the supplies purchased thus far, please email me, and I will be happy to send it to you (bkm@brennakmurphy.com).

This week our dear friend, Sunil Tamang, made it out to the Langtang Valley to aid in a missing persons search as well as gather information about what supplies are needed in that area. He will be returning to Kathmandu soon, and we will coordinate with him on the next steps of sourcing and delivering relief supplies there. We have also begun coordinating with a group of Drew’s anthropology colleagues who have organized under the name Rasuwa Relief this week (please check out their fundraising campaign here). They have a specific focus on the hard-hit Rasuwa District that, at this point, has received little humanitarian aid. As we too are particularly interested in this area -especially Sunil’s home village of Syaphru Bensi- we are coordinating our efforts with them in order to deliver immediate relief supplies to Rasuwa as well as (hopefully) support the building of semi-permanent housing structures in Syaphru Bensi before the onset of the fast-approaching monsoon season. Of course, we will keep you posted as our plans for these various projects develop…

As time passes and the country moves out of the immediate rescue and relief phase, the costly stage of rebuilding will become the central focus of most relief efforts. If you have not yet donated to our relief fund or to one of the organizations on our list, please consider doing so now. You can learn all about the organizations we recommend and how to donate to our own grassroots relief efforts here. Also, please considering sharing our blog posts with friends and family whom you think may be interested.

And again, THANK YOU to everyone who has already donated and/or spread the word about ways to aid Nepal’s recovery after the earthquake. For you, we are forever grateful!

More updates coming soon…

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