Why We Support #WeHelpNepal
First Response For Our Neighbors in Nepal
Our first and foremost concern is for the innocent families and children of Nepal. Our hearts go out to them as they struggle every day to comprehend and overcome an ongoing tragedy. By standing together, we can offer more than just our hearts, and give a helping hand, and the hope for a brighter tomorrow. To this end, Seeds of Change immediately raised over 5,000 dollars to construct local shelters, bring dependable light sources, provide clean water and UV purification supplies, and build disease prevention tools including over 400 composting toilets. Seeds of Change is also helping to build community kitchens and maintain the flow of safe, healthy, nutritional food to the Nepali people in need. Although primarily focused on Bhode and Dhading Camps (two of the hardest hit areas), Seeds of Change has also used our heavy machinery and incredible local Nepali construction crew to unblock roads across the nation, aiding in the flow of emergency services and rescue attempts.
Sustainable Solutions for A Brighter Tomorrow
While bringing relief is essential, sustainable solutions are even more important. The issues caused by these earthquakes are long-lasting problems in need of long-term solutions. To this end, the Seeds of Change Foundation is currently constructing modular Earth bag homes for the now homeless families and children of Nepal. Seismic-resistant and self-sustaining, each home, although meant to be a temporary shelter for the Nepali during the rebuilding efforts, will in fact be long lasting, and can be used over the course of years to come. This is essential as over 50 percent of building stock in affected areas has been destroyed or rendered inoperable.
As Seeds of Change was already working in Nepal to build seismic-resistant sustainable designs in anticipation for these tragedies, the Foundation has built personal connections with local suppliers and providers. Because of this, we are uniquely poised to bring additional aid directly to the Nepali people (without any administration or middle management fees) in a time when most foreign aid has not been distributed. As well, Lali Gurans, our seismic-resistant orphanage stands completely unharmed between two of the biggest communities affected by the earthquakes. In as much, Lali Gurans has already been converted to a shelter for children and families in need, and hopefully will serve as a beacon for future sustainable and successful construction in the area.
Planting the Seeds of Change
The Seeds of Change Foundation is currently asking for additional funding to continue the sustainable development and seismic-resistant technologies needed to not only support the Nepali people in this grave time of need, but to help ensure such tragedies do not occur again. The Seeds of Change Foundation guarantees your donations sent directly to these families and children in need. We know these families; they are our neighbors. We are all in this together. With your help, we can all make a difference, giving hope, and helping Nepal reach a brighter, and sustainable tomorrow.
For more information about the Seeds of Change Foundation, please visit www.socfusa.org
Special thanks to our partners at Prakriti Ko Ghar Nepal, as well to the amazing works of Sandesh Poudel and his local crew.
We are also especially dedicated to the fundraising efforts of Cherry Creek High School and Dynamic Solutions International. Their help and contributions have been incredible, invaluable, and truly inspirational.
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ABOUT OUR CAMPAIGN
We are not a traditional disaster relief organization.
We Help Nepal is network of artists, business owners, doctors, teachers and development workers who have lived or are currently living in Nepal. We are united by our mutual connection to Nepal and our commitment to alternative development models.
Our expertise comes from our awareness of the Nepali social and political landscape, and our connections to local organizations that are beneath the international radar.
The recent earthquake was a natural disaster intensified by the man-made forces of rapid development, poverty, and conflict driven displacement. This fund will support immediate earthquake relief and rebuilding efforts rooted in a philosophy of relief to self-reliance, disaster to sustainable development.
We recognize that in this tragedy there are seeds of hope that will sprout from the rubble.
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- Raise funds for earthquake recovery based on mutual trust, financial transparency, and full accountability.
- Use our decades of experience in Nepal to empower grassroots relief organizations that build long-term networks of self-reliance.
- Support local organizations doing community-level work that have the capacity to lead disaster relief and recovery efforts.
Our Projects and Partnerships
Criteria for supporting projects:
- Locally-led and staffed
- Corruption-free – money supports need, not greed
- Build capacity at the community level
- Support long-term resilience and autonomy
- Committed to social justice and sustainability
Who we are
Finance, Communications, and Project Coordination:
Lilia Villa, Christine Kolisch, Craig Lovell, Bodhi Garrett, Forrest Grant, Greg Voelm, Nat Needham, Amanda Needham, Christopher Gish, Lucy Draper-Clarke, Manohari Upadhyaya, Anniina Rantala, Nicole Lemmo, Monica D’Onofrio
On the Ground Project Leaders:
Keshab & Sushma Regmi, Kesang Sherpa, Anne McGuinness, Mitchell Silver, Kishor Lohani, Dr. Kiran Awasthi, Jenny Adhikari, Pawel Skawinski, Neelam Pradhananga, Sandesh Poudel, Naina Rawal, Som Lama, Raghunath Neupane and Krishna Basnet