I am happy to report that the monsoon season is finally coming to an end here in Nepal. In fact, I even venture to say that it is officially OVER, as we haven’t had rain in several days now. But when monsoon season was in full swing, boy, was there rain. Lots and lots of rain…
As you may remember from our last update, we put our relief work ‘on hold’ during the monsoon months because most projects were being suspended as roads washed out and people hunkered down to weather the storms. After several weeks, the monsoon rains finally began to ebb, and we resumed conversations with friends and colleagues about earthquake relief projects in which we could invest the remainder of your generous donations. After several discussions, we have decided to sponsor the education of two bright young sisters from Thulo Syabru (Rasuwa District) whose home was severely damaged by the earthquakes…
They are the cousins of our good friend Sunil Tamang (you’ve read about him and his father, Dorche, before) – meet Unika Tamang (age 5, left) and Preti Tamang (age 8, right)…
During the school year, their ‘home base’ is with Sunil and his family in Kathmandu while they attend the Sapta Gandaki Secondary Boarding School (which is the same school Sunil attended as a child, by the way – and Sunil will be finishing his bachelor’s degree at the School of Environmental Science and Management of Pokhara University next spring!). The quality of education at the government-run schools in Nepal is very poor, which makes a private school education essential here. Of course, this often puts a huge financial strain on families, which for many, has now been drastically compounded by the damages to their businesses and homes caused by the earthquakes. Unfortunately, Preti, Unika and their family have found themselves in this very situation.
With that in mind, we have decided to use the remaining relief funds that we raised to pay the tuition and fees for Preti and Unika’s schooling for the next two years . This way, their parents can divert funds that would have gone to their daughters’ education into rebuilding their home and putting their lives back together after the earthquakes. As we know Preti, Unika, and their extended family personally, we are certain that funding their education is a most worthwhile investment that will put them on the path to success in the future.
HOWEVER, there is one small problem: we currently have $3,330.75 left in our relief fund, but paying the tuition and fees for both girls for two years will cost $4,413.14…
This, of course, leaves us with $1,082.39 left to raise. Can you help us with this? We hope that you will consider making another donation or that you will speak with your friends and family about making donations themselves. Even though Nepal has fallen out of the international news cycle, it is still in trouble and its people still need your help. Contributing to the quality education of two young girls is an excellent way to help Nepal recover from the earthquake – both for this family in particular and for Nepali society as a whole, as we know that educating girls in Nepal is of the utmost importance.
Here’s how to donate via your PayPal account:
- Click “Send money to a friend” at the top of the page.
- Type in Brenna’s email address: email@example.com, and the amount being sent.
- Click “Next.”
- Review and confirm the information on the screen and click “Send.”
We would also like to mention that, although we are no longer continuing our own art workshops with children, we have donated the left-over art supplies to ArtWorks, an excellent post-earthquake program of the local arts education non-profit Srijanalaya. We know several of the artists who work on this project personally and are in such admiration of what they have accomplished with children since the earthquakes. We have no doubt that the markers, crayons, paints, papers, and other art supplies your donation dollars purchased will be put to excellent use by the ArtWorks crew in communities throughout the Kathmandu Valley and in the villages of the Rasuwa District (the destination of their next out-of-valley trip).
And lastly, here are the numbers for those of you with an eye for detail –
Funds raised since our last update (July 22, 2015): $88
Total funds raised: $13,100.36
Funds spent since our last update (July 22, 2015): $15 (for transporting art supplies)
Total funds spent: $9,769.61
Funds available for Preti and Unika’s education: $3,330.75
* Funds STILL NEEDED for Preti and Unika’s education for two years: $1,082.39 *
Once again, we can’t thank you enough for your kindness and generosity. THANK YOU so much for all that you do!