Why I Support #WeHelpNepal
This is the message from our friend Madhu. Donate through this page to get money directly to him for this project:
It’s been a week since we had the earthquake and mass destruction at noon on April 25th 2015. Due to this quake 7000+ people have lost their lives died and thousands injured and million homeless. It took us a lot of time even for me to recover and build strength to seek support those who have lost lives and everything. Many of you have also asked me how you could contribute and make a difference in these very difficult times. I just want to let you know that there were confusions about government regulations regarding donations and relief support and fund drives. This issue has been resolved here I am writing to seek your support for two causes:
Barpak Funds: (Epicenter of the earthquake)
Same month back in 2007, I was in Barpak, Gorkha with friends from Antenna Foundation with Backpack- Doko (Basket) Radio. Barpak was our first destination and we were anxious about the pilot broadcast of Doko Radio. With overwhelming reception, cooperation and collaboration Doko was an instant hit. Until now Doko Radio has travelled to over 40 districts in Nepal with Antenna Foundation Nepal.
Today after this big earthquake Barpak in Gorkha no longer stands tall. Out of 1200 houses, only 4 houses are safe. After thinking through last few days and hearing news of devastation of Barpak, I could not ignore their pain and focus on my own safety and of my family. Therefore I am spreading my hands to you to support all those women with whom we collaborated during the Doko broadcast in Barpak. For this I am contributing USD200 from pocket.
Barpak fund will be spent in Gorkha district (Barpak) to support the needy and provide shelter to those who have survived. Money will be handed over to Earthquake Survivors in Barpak through mothers group or formal relief distribution mechanism.
Thousands of families are now temporarily living in makeshift tents and in information blackout. Radio, which is the most trusted and widely accessed medium, has also been widely hit. Over 2 dozen radio stations are unable to start the broadcast due to the damage. On the other hand people don’t have radio receivers to listen to essential information regarding relief, precautions and humanitarian support. Radio receivers should be included as necessary item in the relief package. Rough calculations is that we will need 20,000 radio receivers immediately to be distributed in 6 most affected districts along with other lifeline relief support. Distribution of Radio receiver has started but token distribution is not enough. Would you like to contribute to buy radio receivers to be distributed in people living in the camps of remote villages? We don't need fancy radio sets. Cheap USD5 worth Chinese ones will work. I will work with ACORAB, local radio station and media partners to distribute these radio sets to most needy.
Would you like to join hands with me? I am personally reaching out to you to check if you want to be part of noble cause. This is purely a personal initiative and to maintain transparency and to ensure the money is spent on right place I will send you evidence of distribution as well as statement of my bank account between May 3rd to May 15. I will also present multimedia evidence of distribution and disbursement of money and radio receivers.
If you want to donate to this support initiative please do so as soon as you can and transfer the amount to funds to:
Nabil Bank Limited
Branch: Pulchowk, Lalitpur, Nepal
Account: Nabil Bachat- 0210017555734
ADDRESSS: Pulchowk Branch, Lalitpur Nepal
Swift code: NARBNPKA
Or donate through this page, and the money will go to this project.
Thank you so much for thinking about Nepal and Nepali who are in dire need of our support and please do let me know if you need any clarification.
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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