Rebuilding Nepal

Fundraising for All Hands Volunteers – Project Nuwakot

On April 25th, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal near the capital city of Kathmandu, the most devastating in more than 80 years. More than 9,000 people were killed, a further 23,000 were injured and the mass destruction to infrastructure, homes, and schools was vast. Aftershocks continued to shake the country in the weeks that followed causing further fear for those who left homeless and vulnerable by the initial earthquake.

All Hands Volunteers were on the ground within 48 hours. They quickly identified communities most in need and immediately began helping those who had been affected.  For six months their teams assisted in safely demolishing unsafe buildings and removing rubble to enable communities to rebuild. In addition, they built transitional shelters, resilient homes and temporary learning centres to give children a safe space following the disaster.

nuwakot-map-web-350Nuwakot was one of the worst hit areas, and its remoteness has hampered its recovery. But All Hands Volunteers are there – rebuilding schools and homes, and working with local communities to give them back their hope.

On 13th July I will be attempting to walk 1000+ miles from John O’Groats to Lands End in order to raise money for this amazing charity. 100% of the money raised will go directly to All Hands Project Nuwakot.

So please dig deep and sponsor me via my Just Giving page (and if you are a UK tax payer, the UK government will also Gift Aid an additional 25% to all donations made via Just Giving).

To give you an idea of how your money could be spent:

  • £4500 will pay for a disaster resilient home for a family who have lost their home and are living in temporary accommodation.
  • £2000 pays for a water filtration system for a new school, enabling the school children to have access to safe water.
  • £30 pays for a wheelbarrow to help clear out the rubble, and help with the rebuild.
  • £5 pays for a solar lamp so that the children can have a light to study with when they are at home.

Every penny raised from my walk will go directly to Project Nuwakot, where teams on the ground are ready to distribute your donations to where they are needed most.  Since All Hands arrived in Nuwakot shortly after the earthquake, 74 sites have been accessed, 2 schools and 65 homes have been completed. There is still so much to do but work is continuing; with All Hands expected to remain in Nuwakot helping with the rebuild for a further 2-3 years.

Thank you for your support x

All Hands Volunteers, more background

all-hands-photo-strip-webAs they move from response to the rebuild phase of their project, they have broadened their scope of work which will include a partnership with Room to Read, a global non-profit organization that for nearly two decades has tackled the chronic shortages of classrooms, educational materials, and teachers across the school systems of underdeveloped countries, with a special emphasis on Nepal.  With over 25,000 classrooms destroyed during the dual earthquakes in April, this partnership is imperative to the countries long-term recovery and future success. Schools are central to Nepal’s communities and act as a catalyst for social, gender and economic equality. With ten years of post disaster work under their belt, the All Hands Volunteer teams will manage and reconstruct 5 permanent Room to Read Schools in the Nuwakot District giving thousands of children a safe structure to engage in education.

They also will implement the Hamro Ramro Ghar (HRG) Program where they will build 50 homes in vulnerable villages with in the
Sindhupalchok district. Our successful pilot project in Halchowk, Kathmandu, culminated in the construction of 35 homes, an extensive program evaluation, and the lessons learned which influenced this upgraded program.

In addition to rebuild programs they will continue their safe demolition work across Nepal. Not only in areas convenient for them to work but also in rural remote locations. As a general rule, the higher up into the hills one goes, the poorer and more marginalized the communities become. There are many isolated communities in the higher regions that have yet to receive assistance in demolition, debris removal or rebuild. Many of these areas are only accessible by foot from the closest accessible road, calling for hikes ranging from a few hours to several days. As a result they established a mobile demolition team that completed demolition projects in these remote locations, and a mobile debris removal team that followed after demolition was complete.

As they embark on the long journey to help Nepal rebuild, there is still an incredible amount of work to be done. In forever challenging circumstances, they are devoted to helping affected communities regain a sense of normality and, most importantly, live safety.  They can only do this with the help of people like you, people who also care and want to help the people of Nepal build back better to avoid such widespread devastation in the future.