It’s been just over two weeks since we launched our campaign to Help Nepal’s villages. Thanks to you we have been able to make incredible progress and have raised over £10,000. All of your donation money is going straight to those who need it. We have all heard the dreadful stories of aid stuck at Kathmandu airport and then the Nepali Government halting charity work enforcing all the donation money to be invested into ‘special’ government bank accounts. Thankfully we haven’t been affected by these frustrating circumstances and have been able to steam ahead without bureaucracy. By the end of week one Ram had offered support to most of the serious earthquake victims in his district, and last week he started to look further afield to investigate what other villages needed urgent help. The team decided on Bhumlichowk Village.
This village is a four hour drive from Pokhara plus a two hour uphill trek. You can find it on Google maps. It’s only around 30km from the epicenter and the village like so many others had been badly hit. It’s home to one of Nepal’s poorest communities and it’s struggling. Until now no one had been to help. The Chepang community are mostly farmers living off the land. They usually live in difficult to reach areas around elevations of up to 4000 feet. They are considered a lower caste, deprived and disadvantaged. Their living conditions are difficult with only 7% making it past 60. Half of the homes in this village have now been destroyed and reduced to ruins. Their few possessions lost under rubble. After an inspection visit, Ram and the team hit the Pokhara shops and returned. They travelled by van stuffed with supplies bought with your donation, items such as tents, blankets, clothes, soap, rice, salt, tea, medicine – and a couple of footballs for the kids. On arrival the van was met by the villagers who helped carry the items back to their community. Some so poor they walked without shoes. It was an uphill four hour trek on an uneven thin path. The villagers were so surprised to meet other Nepalese from a different part of the country and a different caste. They believed they had been forgotten. In the evening the villagers made dinner for the team and everyone sang and danced. The team slept in tents in the school playground and in the morning the aid was distributed.
Thank you for helping this village.