Small Donations Matter

Kate, a former Australia volunteer, sent this message to HEF along with her daughter’s donation for the Earthquake Relief Fund. It shows that small donations really do matter. “My daughter, Sarah, ran a cupcake stall to raise money for earthquake victims. She raised AU$446 which converts to US$340. We hope this helps a little. Thanks, Kate. PS I volunteered in Nangi about 15 years ago and it was a wonderful experience. I would love to bring my children there someday.” This amount of money is about the average annual income for a family in Nepal. Think about the impact…one cupcake...

Earthquake Relief – Controversy

The Nepal government set up the Prime Minister disaster relief fund mandating all earthquake relief money from any organization either Nepal or globally based be directed to the fund. This is in a country where thousands of non-government agencies have operated aid programs for decades without government supervision. The goal was to coordinate all funds arriving into Nepal for disaster relief into one program and avoid duplication and/or waste of services. Controversy has developed amid speculation and concerns for it’s ability to monitor, distribute and assess such a monumental task. Dr. Mahabir Pun wrote to the Nepal Chief Secretary, Lilamani Poudyal, concerning the...

Earthquake Devastation in Pictures & Numbers

American Nepal Medical Association posts regular updates on the field disaster relief work in pictures and texts. Dr. Mahabir Pun wrote: “Just to give you an idea of how big the damage is, I have given the summary of the damage as follows. They are still collecting more information.” Source: Nepal Government website No. of Nepali people died – 8,604 No. of people injured – 16,808 No. of foreigners died/injured – 70/50 No. of foreigners missing – 111 No. Government buildings fully destroyed – 768 No. of houses fully destroyed–488,789 No. of houses partially destroyed – 267,477 No. of schools fully destroyed –...

Earthquake Recovery Update

Dr. Mahabir Pun was recently asked about recovery projects in Nepal and reminds us the country is still experiencing unsettling aftershocks resulting in a paralyzed economy. “It is too early to decide what to do for the recovery project. There are several earthquakes happening everyday in the range of 4 to 6 scale. Therefore, most of the people too scared and are staying outside their houses during the day and night. The roads are almost empty and the shops, schools and offices are closed. Even if the doors of some government offices are opened, people are not working or there...

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How do you recover from a natural disaster when your government struggled on a daily basis to develop a progressive and equitable framework for raising Nepal out of poverty? An interesting debate has developed on Mahabir Pun’s Facebook page. Read Mahabir’s statement to the Nepal government here. And read the many comments here.

Swedish Company’s Employees Make Earthquake Recovery Donation

House of Radon in Stockholm Sweden donated $4,200 USD to HEF for earthquake relief fund. A company employee came to Nepal one year ago to make a promotional video and visited Nangi. He encouraged his fellow employees to donate to HEF after seeing our work in rural areas of Nepal. HEF would like to thank the following: Tuan, Jesse, Peter, Elsa, Patrick, Jules, Miguel, Katherine, Sarah, Mathew, Mark, Philip, Jonni, Tad. Information about the company can be found here: http://www.houseofradon.com/about-us

Earthquake News – UNK Nepalese Students Raise Funds

Since Tuesday, the University of Nebraska at Kearney Nepalese student organization, NESAK, has manned a table in the student union to collect funds for HEF and distribute information about the Nepal earthquake. They are also hosting a candle light vigil and prayer service on campus Friday May 1, 2015 in the evening and inviting the community. http://www.kearneyhub.com/news/local/nepalese-students-at-unk-lead-fundraising-efforts-for-earthquake-relief/article_a3c17018-9f4a-5c66-bf1a-ad7de4e678da.html

Nepal Earthquake – A Doctor’s Story

This post by Dr. Rolina Dhital, an experienced Nepali doctor who is dedicated to rural Nepal healthcare, underscores the need for all agencies and volunteers to be prepared and have a working plan. This is why HEF is in the early planning stages for what we do best…see Mahabir’s message in previous post. https://voicingouttheunheard.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/afterquake-experience-as-a-medical-professional/