New 'temporary permanent' dwelling in Kavre
Dear supporters of the SHELTER AND WATER FOR EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS IN NEPAL project. This will be our final report before closing this project for lack of ongoing funding. This does not mean, however, that our rebuilding efforts will stop. We will continue with the construction of ‘temporary/permanent’ shelters as long as our funds permit.
There are many other NGOs whose main purpose is to help Nepalis rebuild. These efforts are scattered but all avoid having to go through government channels, which have proven to be ineffective and corrupt. In some areas the government has provided $200 per household to rebuild, but even those disbursements are sporadic.
As of this date the newly created Government Reconstruction Agency has approved z e r o projects and disbursed hardly any of the substantial sums of aid money that were pledged by countries all over the world after the earthquakes. It now looks like the majority of people who lost their homes and are living in make shift dwellings of sticks and plastic tarps will have to do so for at least another monsoon season and most likely the next winter. Many families also are hesitant to start rebuilding because the government announced that reconstruction would have to conform to new, improved building codes. However, these have not been worked out yet and are one more reason why progress is stifled.
Thanks to your support and a generous grant from Global Giving, to date our team at the DCWC has been able to help 167 families move into new shelters. While these are seen as ‘temporary/permanent’ structures, they are seismically sound, can last many years and could be integrated into new construction should a family be able to rebuild an earthquake safe traditional stone house at a later date.
Given all of the above information we have decided to refocus our efforts on the fundraising for our main project on Global Giving, the Rajbash Communite Hospital and its continued operation and support. This hospital (also damaged during the earthquakes but now repaired and fully operational) supports a full time Nepali doctor, nurses, midwives and an outreach service. It provides basic medical services to a large number of subsistence farming families in the Nagre Gagarche/Sindhupalchok areas. Immediately after the earthquakes some of our staff went to organizing relief in the surrounding communities. Later they were instrumental in organizing the rebuilding project that you have been supporting. Now, however, it is time for us to refocus on our hospital and the healthcare for people in remote areas. To learn more about Rajbash Hospital and for continued support for DCWC go to Global Giving Project #14750 (Lifesaving healthcare for remote farming villages).
Thank you for your generosity and we hope to see you again on our hospital site.
New home for Prem and his family
One more family housed