About

We are a small group of Nepali volunteers based in Kathmandu. We have spent the past month raising funds from family and friends and providing emergency relief in some of the areas hardest hit by the recent quakes. So far we have worked in at least 11 VDCs in Sindhupalchowk, Rasuwa, Nuwakot, Dolakha, Ramechhap and Lalitpur districts. We have provided essential rations (rice, lentils, salt, oil), tarps (for emergency shelter) and zinc sheets (for building medium-term shelters) to hundreds of families, as well as given small amounts of cash support to some of the most vulnerable mothers in the quake-affected villages.

Our group is responsible for the entire process of this initiative – fundraising, procuring supplies, finding vehicles, and delivering and distributing the supplies to the community. All this is done in close coordination with trusted locals in the area, for past experience has taught us that consulting the locals at every step is crucial for effective and equitable distribution. Coordinating with locals has also helped us ensure that we provide materials that the community actually needs and are culturally appropriate. We try our best to reach the most disadvantaged communities and pay special attention to the needs of women, children and the elderly. A portion of our funds has specially been allocated for women with children who have lost the family’s breadwinner and have been left without any support.

Having received a very encouraging response from locals as well as others who care about Nepal, we have decided to continue our work for at least a few months. Monsoon is round the corner and the hundreds of thousands of people who have lost their homes are very worried that the tarps will not withstand the heavy rains. We are now trying to raise some more funds to help them build medium-term shelters, while also providing basic rations to communities that still need them. There’s an ocean of need and we have received dozens of requests for support from the affected villages. Therefore, we will have to prioritize areas that have yet to receive adequate relief. Over the last month we have built a strong network of local contacts in each of the districts we visited, and we will seek their advice before we select a place. A detailed report on our relief effort and the summary of expenses for each initiative will be posted on our blog soon after we return from the field.

Our team of volunteers

Ganesh & Yagya Ghale
(Supplies procurement, arranging vehicles, coordinating with locals and overseeing distribution in the field)

Shradha Ghale
(Reporting, coordination, distribution)

Subha Ghale & Sharareh Bajracharya
(Coordination and distribution)

Angita Shrestha
(Finance & account keeping)

Nubha & Prashanti Ghale
(IT assistance, blog management, financial record keeping)

Ash Kumar Rai, Deepak Ghale and Deepak Bajracharya have lent valuable assistance on several relief trips. Special thanks to Samrachana Adhikari for helping set up this blog. Many other friends and family members have generously contributed their time and labour to this initiative.

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9 thoughts on “About

    Sitaram Bhattarai said:
    May 26, 2015 at 4:56 am

    Hello,
    I am from Manakamana VDC Ward No. -9, Archale, Nuwakot. I request this social service group to help my village which is badly affected by the recent earthquake.
    The detail description of the village is as follows:
    1. District – Nuwakot
    2. VDC- Manakamana
    3. Ward- 8 & 9
    4. Village Name – Archale
    5. Household – 225 (221 are totally destroyed and remaining 4 are partially affected)
    6. Death -7
    7. Injured – More than 10
    8. Population – 1100+
    9. Distance from Ktm -85 KM (Archale Village is located at the border of Nuwakot and Rasuwa District)

    Thank You.

    S.R.Bhattarai
    9841-519819

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      shradhaghale responded:
      May 28, 2015 at 3:33 am

      Dear Sitaram ji, Thank you for your note. We have received many requests and are trying to address them one at a time. Given our limited funds, we may not be able to respond to all the requests; however, I will make sure to spread the information you’ve provided with other relief groups I know. Best wishes, Shradha & team

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    ktmacd said:
    June 3, 2015 at 3:11 am

    Hi Shradha, what is your EIN- I would like my company to match my donation. thanks!

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      shradhaghale responded:
      June 3, 2015 at 3:44 am

      Hi ktmacd,
      Thank you for your kind note. Really appreciate it. However, we do not have an EIN, as our initiative is led by an informal group of family and friends and we are not a registered organization. Thank you again for your contribution.

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    R.P. Tamot said:
    June 25, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    I would like to participate in donation. For the money I require a receipt and written confirmation for
    the donation. Please suggest how can I get these confirmation in Germany

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      shradhaghale responded:
      June 26, 2015 at 6:42 am

      Thank you for your interest. Most of our donations have come from abroad. Once we receive the fund, we send email confirmation to the donor and post their name on the Contributors page on our blog. Please let us know if this method works for you.

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    Rajan Basnet said:
    August 13, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Can I get the contact information for Yagya Ghale sir Thank u!

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    Rajan Basnet said:
    August 14, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    I am very happy to see the supportive relief works you and your team has been carrying out. And would like to thank you and your team for such a wonderful work. I m very much interested about the sanitary plastic toilet pans that your team distributed around different earthquake affected areas. I would be very thankful If I can get the contact where your team got those plastic made sanitary pans from?

    Thank you!

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      shradhaghale responded:
      August 14, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      Rajan ji, thank you for your kind note. We will get the details about the plastic toilet pans and send you an email as soon as possible.

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