Nepal Earthquake 2015 – Relief Fund Update #5

It’s hard to believe it has been almost three months since the first earthquake on April 25, 2015. Thanks to your many generous donations, we have now raised over $13,000 for earthquake aid and recovery efforts. Drew and I took a step back this week to really think abut that number – $13,000! How incredible! We are so very grateful to have friends and family in our lives who have such kindness and caring in their hearts.

The week before last, we sent 220 water filters to the large village of Syafru Bensi in the Rasuwa District with our dear friend, Dorche…

Dorche (Sunil's father) is a certified trekking guide - he guided our short trek in Annapurna in 2012. (Here we are watching the sun rise over the Himalayas from Poon Hill). Dorche was guiding a trek in the Langtang region when the earthquake struck - luckily he (and his daughter Sapana who was with him) are okay!

Dorche is our friend, Sunil Tamang’s father. He guided our trek to the Annapurna region in 2012.

We had originally hoped to send materials for temporary housing structures up to Syafru Bensi, but after our assessments, we realized that we did not have the budget to bring enough materials for everyone in the village who needed them. Rather than cause potential conflict over limited resources, we opted to provide a water filter to each household instead. In conjunction with boiling, these filters make water safe to drink, which is especially important during the monsoon season when the chance of contracting waterborne illnesses increases significantly.

Unfortunately, I did not get a photo of the filters outside of their boxes, but here’s an image from an internet search that will give you a basic idea of what the filters are like…

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We bought and delivered the filters to Dorche’s house in Kathmandu, and then he delivered them to Syafru Bensi…

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Although we are disappointed about not being able to build temporary housing in Syafru Bensi, we are happy to help people provide their families with this other life-sustaining necessity. Access to clean drinking water is a huge challenge all over Nepal, especially now after the earthquake – we know these filters will be put to very good use. Dorche, Sunil, and many other people from Syafru Bensi send their gratitude for your “amazing contribution!”

As we are now several weeks into monsoon season, the pace of our relief efforts has slowed. Washed out roads make deliveries difficult, and as most areas are now out of the phase of immediate relief, the country is in a bit of a ‘holding pattern.’ There is much work left to be done, make no mistake, but much of the rebuilding must wait until the monsoon season has passed. With that in mind, we have decided to hold on to our remaining relief funds until the end of monsoon season in the Fall. At that time, we will have a clearer idea of what is needed and how we can best use your donations to contribute to the rebuilding efforts. Although you may be receiving these updates less frequently in the coming months, rest assured that we will continue to keep you posted as Fall arrives and we find new relief/rebuilding projects.

The numbers:
Funds raised since our last update (June 26th): $100
Total funds raised: $13,012.36
Funds spent since our last update (June 26th): $2,525
Total funds spent: $9,754.61
Funds leftover for future relief work: $3,257.75

Thank you all, again and again, for your generous support!

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