August 2015 Earthquake Recovery Update
Bishal continues to work with our partners Art for Education, Saarathi, Kathalaya Publication and Eutai Mala Nepal in bringing resources to those in need. He has been focusing on education and distribution of education materials and books to government schools. Please follow our partners on Facebook and their webpages to keep up on what they are doing. Anuj and Nima of Eutai Mala Nepal have been doing an amazing job of fundraising to rebuild toilets, temporary shelters and moving on to long term projects such as schools. Rajeev and his crew at Kathalaya came up with the mobile library concept, Anuradha has reached out to children through art & games and the Art for Education team continue working with our children and their families to make sure they are managing through this difficult time.
Nirnaya Nsk is a Nepali rapper who has been organizing work crews every day since the earthquake. His focus is on a few old villages on the outskirts of Kathmandu. We (15 of our children and myself) volunteered with him while I was still in Nepal. He is now building temporary schools which we are supporting with mobile libraries.
Bishal has also visited many different internally displaced camps. Camps set up for those individuals made homeless due to the earthquake. These camps are home to 1,000 of children living in temporary shelters while they attend school. Schools running in temporary buildings/tent are not actually conducting regular classes as they lack the basic facilities of a school. Textbooks have been destroyed and are yet to be replaced, teachers are not returning due to their own losses (family, home etc.), many structures do not have walls or chalk boards.
It will be a long road to recover to pre-earthquake facilities. The government continues to be ineffective and actually an obstacle to recovery through constant strikes and disruptions to daily life. Our hope is that through innovation, motivation and mobilization of young people such as the ones we are working with a better safer Nepal will emerge.
Thank you for your continued support.