Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts

About the problem:

On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 Magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, killing over 8000 people, injuring twice as many, and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. Two weeks later on May 12, 2015, another deadly 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal that took lives of over one hundred people, and left already damaged natural and man-made infrastructures crumbling. Above all, the biggest tragedy this earthquake brought was the fear, uncertainty, and emotional distress that will take years to heal.

Millions of dollars worth of support poured into the country as the world heard about the devastation. But thousands of families outside Kathmandu still remain with no safe shelter, no food, and an uncertain future. These people haven’t stopped mounting their losses, but life has to go on. People have started rebuilding their houses, and working on the farms as the monsoon is coming and they depend on the monsoon rain for their crops to grow.

 

What has the BTF done so far to help the earthquake victims?

During the early days after the earthquake, the Binaytara Foundation (BTF) collaborated with local non-profits in Nepal to provide immediate relief to the earthquake victims. The BTF partners and volunteers distributed rice, lentil, oil, sugar, parched rice, bhujia, soap, medicines, and tents to approximately 150 families affected by the earthquake in Bhotachaur village of Sindhupalchok district. The BTF and its partners also provided medical care and corrugated metal roof (known as jasta in Nepal) to those affected by earthquake. This relief effort was in collaboration with the rotary club of Durbarmarg, Kathmandu.

In addition, we partnered with another non-profit in Nepal Sipradian Sahayata Sanstha and were able to provide relief materials to hundreds of families in Gorkha and Chatra Deurali, Dhading.

In Gorkha district we distributed 240 unit tents, 100 blankets, 5 rolls of plastics, and food supplies such as instant noodles (80 boxes), biscuits (10 boxes), and 600 kg Rice.

In Chattra Deurali, Dhading, we distributed 100 unit tents, 3 boxes of biscuits, and 200 kg of rice  to the earthquake victims belonging to the so called lower caste (Dalit).

What does the BTF plan to do next?

As the monsoon nears, the Nepal earthquake survivors are not sure if their temporary shelters made of plastic tents will protect them from the monsoon rain. The BTF has taken initiative to help these people rebuild the houses. The BTF is partnering with a local non-profit, Help Nepal Network to help build temporary homes that can stand the monsoon rain and the materials used to build these temporary homes can be used to rebuild permanent houses when the villagers are able to build.

With your help, we can provide the Nepal earthquake survivors with corrugated tin roof (known as Jasta pata) that can be used in their temporary homes as well as their permanent homes when they are able to build one. It only costs $130 to provide the roof for one family. Each house will need 2 bundles (12 sheets) of 12 ft long/ 26G thick corrugated tin roof. We invite you to adopt a family and help them rebuild their house. We need less than 800 people to help rebuild an entire village.

Losing a loved one is devastating; losing the entire family is beyond words. That is what many of these earthquake survivors of Nepal have had to endure. I prefer to use the word ‘survivors’ not victims because despite losing everything they ever owned, loved, or tendered, the strength and resilience the people of Nepal have demonstrated after the earthquake is extraordinary.

Their loved ones were buried under the rubble of their own homes that stood there protecting and sheltering generations of their family. The town that they called home, that their parents, grandparents, and their children grew up in, turned into a pile of rubble in just a matter of minutes. Many of them managed to survive the earthquake; but life ahead remains tough, without food, without shelter, and without loved ones.

BUDGET

Type of Expense Amount Unit               Total
Immediate disaster relief

$7000

1

70000

Temporary homes for 800 families

$130

800

$104,000

Total Cost

$111,000

Details of funds raised for earthquake relief as of 08/10/2015

Type of fund         Amount
Global Giving Grant

$15,000

Individual donations sent directly to the BTF

$10,308

Amount raised by Amit Khanal from Dunkin Donuts in Chicago

$800

Global giving Disbursement

$2,432

Amount raised by UIC Global Med student

$190

Amount raised from Indigogo

$395

Total

$29,125

Details of funds spent in earthquake relief as of 8/12/2015

Type of Expense

Amount

Remarks

Wire transfer to Sipradian Sahayata Sanstha for earthquake relief

$5,000.00

Provided food, blankets, and other relief materials to approximately 240 families in Gorkha, and 100 Dalit (lower caste) families in Dhading

Wire transfer to Rotary Club of Durbarmarg for earthquake relief

$2,000.00

Relief provided to approximately 150 families in Kavre, and sindhupalchowk district. Provided food, blankets, roofing supplies and medical care. 

Wire transfer to Help Nepal Network to build temporary homes for earthquake survivors

$10,000.00

Help Nepal Network is actively working on rebuilding temporary homes for the earthquake survivors. The BTF has collaborated with HeNN to provide roofing materials and other building supplies to build the temporary homes.

Funding requirement details

Description Amount
Total fund required for the project

$111,000

Amount raised to date

$29,125

Amount spent for immediate relief

$7,000

Remaining fund to be raised for the project

$88,857

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