The Dhading region where we work is very close to the epicentre of the first 2015 earthquake and all buildings were severely damaged or destroyed. Initially we were able to raise funds to provide immediate aid in the form of food, shelter, clothing and building materials. With the onset of the monsoon the 65 temporary shelters were especially important as they rovided dry housing and food storage. .This photograph shows one of the new shelters with windows reclaimed from the family's damaged house.
COMMUNITY & MICROFINANCING
Women's micro-financing group
Following the 2015 earthquakes when local farmers lost their farm animals we donated funds to set up a women's micro-financing group. Each funded group are able to select individuals to award a loan to e.g. to buy animals lost in the earthquake. In an agreed period i.e. 6-12 months the individual women repay the money which is then allocaated to another family.
No profits are made but an increasing number of women and families benefit over time.
We started with one group and due to its success we now support a further 3 groups.
This will be expanded again during 2017/2018. The above photograph shows the initial women's group.
Temporary emergency housing and food supplies
Back to school after the earthquake
In november 2015 we were able to travel to the village in Dhading in spite of the on going fuel crisis. We were joined by the Bristol based Nepal Kids Kino team who ran film workshops with the children and showed films on an outdoor screen. The local kids loved being able to make movies and interview one another as part of the project.
Kids Kino project show films
The photos show one of the temporary tented classrooms provided by ourselves and each child received a new school bag with pencils, exercise books and cloth to make a new school uniform.
Almost all cooking is done on wood fuelled fires with some use of expensive kerosene and liquid propane gal (LPG). Proposals were considered to make use of this alternative fuel source using locally sourced crop waste, leaves and grass.