Kharpani school, inaugurated April 2009
‘Today I just over look picture from 2009 when we opened school at Kharpai (remote Nepal). Here is some picture of before earthquake and after earthquake.
During school opening ceremony showed many children and their parents smile on face.
Where to go these children to study? What will be their future?’
Akka Lama, Director of DCWC (Development of Children and Women Center) charity, Nepal
As I am sitting by a warm fire in my California home on this beautiful, rainy, pre-christmas day, counting my blessings, Akka’s comment takes me back to our beloved, tormented Nepal.
The most recent news tell me that for nearly three months now the country has practically been locked down. Disagreements over the newly signed constitution have pitted various populations against each other, more than 50 people were killed in the ensuing riots, and the government of India, also unhappy with parts of this new constitution, has declared a de facto embargo of petrol products and many other important goods to Nepal, leading to shortages of fuel, rice and many other necessities of everyday life. Schools are closed and transportation infrastructure paralyzed. Border posts between Nepal and India are either closed or unsafe to cross. Some expressed hope that China might come to the rescue, however the logistics involved appear so complicated that it could take many months before goods from Nepal’s norther neighbor could reach the country.
Unicef estimates there are over 3 million children under 5 yrs. in Nepal who are at risk for disease or starvation. Thousands of families are still living in temporary shelters and we’ve heard many reports of families taking a child to a monastery because they are unable to care for him/her any longer.
News of the catastrophic earthquakes last Spring has long been eclipsed by so many other global calamities that all deserve our attention. However, our brothers and sisters in Nepal are living the resulting loss and hardship of this natural disaster every day - and they will for years to come. With remarkable resilience in the face of unimaginable destruction they have rallied, sorted through the piles of rubble, helped each other to make new shelters, tried to establish some normalcy. With the recent developments they now have the additional worry about food shortages, hunger and malnutrition as well.
Your generous donations to our earthquake relief project enabled DCWC to provide immediate relief to thousands in the hard hit Kavre/Nagre Gagarche area. Also with your help, and generous grants provided by Global Giving, DCWC has repaired and rebuilt many schools. They are also working hard to reach their goal of building 500 new shelters for families who have lost their homes in the quakes. As of this writing more than 150 structures have been completed. The progress made is impressive, but, as you can see from the attached pictures and Akka’s note, much remains to be done.
Thinking about the many challenges Nepal is facing can be overwhelming, but donating today is something very specific you can do to help Nepal’s people. Please make your donation to Global Giving, Project # 21975, now and help us support Nepal’s people in their time of need.
With sincere wishes for a peaceful holiday season,
Project Leader for DCWC projects
Kharpani students at inauguration of their school
Kharpani school post earthquake 2015