The best way to celebrate Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a traditional annual event in the United States starting from 1621. It is a day for people to give thanks to the good things they have and join together to build something bigger than themselves.

A few weeks before this important day, Expedia Inc HK offered to arrange a fundraising lunch for us at their office. Staff were encouraged to prepare food and their cash donation to us were matched 100% by Expedia.

On the actual day, Abhiram Chowdhry, Managing Director of hotels.com started by giving an inspirational speech about poverty in his hometown, India, followed by Elaine Chan (President of NEIO HK) sharing her own experiences in Nepal and introducing NEIO. A short video was then played to show the condition of schools after the earthquake last year and what we had done so far to help.

The event was well attended, we had over 10 different homemade dishes, a variety of desserts and even 2 big turkeys sponsored by Expedia’s hotel partner! It ended over good conversations and people feeling happily sated.

We were very grateful to everyone who joined and helped organising for the day. Your contributions and generous donations will make a big difference to the children in Nepal.

10/5 Fundraiser A Success!

We had a great turnout at the fundraiser last night! We were able to meet new people and see old faces. We are truly blessed and very grateful for everyone that showed up, all the donors and sponsors that couldn’t be there last night, and those that were there with us in spirit. Thank you for your contributions to a better future for the children in Nepal!

We also want to express our deepest gratitude towards all of our sponsors for the event: Buffalo Theory, Autumn Express, Niana Liu, Scripts/Calico Brands, Riad Bekhit from Philz Coffee, Priority Express Cleaners, Gilbert Hoh, Jackie Chan from NY Life, Cheuk Keun Chau for making this event possible! Special thanks to Tracy Nguyen, Quinn Wong, and Gilbert Hoh for securing this wonderful venue for our event! Everyone loved the place and raved about the food!

We also want to thank all of our volunteers that helped before and during the event. Thank you Alana Koch, Antonio Flores, Susanna Leung, Tracy Nguyen, Quinn Wong, Run Yi, Divya Gandhi! We are truly blessed to have your support.

We hope that everyone will get to join us on a trip to Nepal one day and meet the children you support in person! Namaste!

With love & gratitude,
NEIO team

Sponsorship Program On Board!

With the sponsorship program on board, our students finally have the opportunity of
working on computers and exploring the Internet! This is a great leap of progress in NEIO as it allows our students to access different resources and would ensure that they are engaged in learning. We are currently sponsoring up to 15 students and hope to provide all students with a computer in the near future.

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NEIO Fundraising Charity (and Wayne’s Birthday) Party!!!

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Please join us at the NEIO Fundraising Charity & Wayne’s Birthday Party hosted by NEIO on Oct. 5! The event is a very meaningful to us as the venue was provided by two of our past volunteers (Tracy and Quinn) who have continued to support Neio throughout the years and are again offering their new restaurant space to help Neio fundraise!
 
NEIO has contributed to the education in rural Nepal since 2008 by building schools and funding education. Our most recent trip to Nepal was March of this year and we have many exciting updates to share including post-earthquake recovery as well as the establishment of our Hong Kong chapter and our new child sponsorship program.
Details for the event:
Date: 10/5 Wednesday
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Place: Buffalo Theory on Polk St. in San Francisco (http://www.buffalotheorysf.com/#buffalo-theory)
Finger foods will be provided at the event. Drinks will be available for purchase (a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to NEIO). We will have a silent auction as well as raffle prizes. We look forward to sharing an evening of fun and compassion with you!

NEIO Goes to Nepal to Provide Supplies and Support

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Wayne(Founder of NEIO) and a group of volunteers are in Nepal since 3/26/16 bringing with them a number of supplies for the students. We plan to visit some of the schools we have helped build and bring them essential supplies including pencils, pens, art material, and laptops.We will also visit other schools to share best practices with each other.

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Volunteers meet the students in Nakote!

See below for details:

Supplies delivered:
Pencils
Pens
School Bags
Binders
Laptops
Art Materials
School supplies

Basin and Taps for the bathrooms
Toothpaste
Portable Sound Box
T-shirts

Laptops delivered

All these supplies are to help provide the students with more learning tools so they can have a meaningful education. Thanks you for your continued support and please check here for updates on our trip!

New Beginnings- Singhadevi Temporary Learning Centre goes live!

Hi all,
We have some great news to share. Singhadevi Temporary Learning Centre (TLC) has begun operating this month. Big round of applause to Shreekrishna Shrestha, his villagers and Chiring Lama, our NEIO Field Manager who made this possible.

37 students are attending this school with more expected after the monsoon season. There are five teachers currently working there. The size of the Singhadevi TLC is 40 ft by 20 ft. There are three rooms that are 15 ft. by 12.5 ft.

The project was executed efficiently. Thanks to the locals pictured below who worked hard to make this project a reality.

Thank you all for your continuing support.

Singhadevi (3) TLC Sinhadevi (6) TLC Sinhadevi (10) TLC Sinhadevi (12) TLC Sinhadevi (11) TLC Sinhadevi (1)

TLC Singhadevi

Current living conditions at Nurbuling village

The pictures below show the current living conditions and temporary shelters at the Nurbuling village. Villagers are using materials from the collapsed houses to build their temporary homes. These pictures were taken on May 5, 2015 by Chiring.
Monsoon season has arrived. We are uncertain how the monsoon will affect their food storage, shelters, health, and living condition.

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Our food supplies arrived to Nurbuling school

Our food supplies arrived to Nurbuling school on May 26, 2015. Chiring Lama, our local champion, was able to safely deliver $1000 worth of food relief, including rice, beans, lentils, oil, salt, and sugar. Classes successfully started on June 1. These photos were sent with the functioning wifi signal at school! The recovery process is in progress.

Our food supplies arrived to Nurbuling school on May 26, 2015.

Our food supplies arrived to Nurbuling school on May 26, 2015.

Update on Nurbuling School May 10

Through our local champion Chiring Lama, NEIO engaged Sameer Bajarcharya, our new engineer friend, to perform the building assessments for Nurbuling school and to draft the recovery plan. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Sameer Bajarcharya for accepting this important role.

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In the office building, the earthing electrical wire fell off but the earthing is still intact.

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The office building corner cracked.

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In the NEIO building to the right, the outer wall needs repair. The inner wall was not damaged. Wayne and Chiring agreed no one will use this building until it is fixed.

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Chiring and Sameer Bajracharya discussed about the foundation and building structure.

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Chiring and Sameer Bajracharya discussed the reparations needed.

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Chiring explained to Sameer Bajracharya how the new building was built (load bearing).

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Chiring discussed with Sameer Bajracharya the possibility to build a teacher quarter for 8 teachers in this open space.

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Chiring and Sameer Bajracharya looking at the government building (2 classrooms).

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Chiring and Sameer Bajracharya discussed the construction design.

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Chiring is working with NEIO’s on a future project to build a seating terrace in front of the basketball court, which will also function as an outdoor picnic and study area.

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Measurement of the terrace.

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Measurement of the terrace.

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Measurement of the terrace.

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Crack in front of the government building that did not affect the building structure, as assessed by Sameer.

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Half classroom and half living space.

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The new Nurbuling building (8 classrooms).

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Additional cracks in the old hostel building.

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Cracks within the old hostel building.

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More photos of the old hostel building.

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Sameer Bajracharya assessing the damage of the old hostel building.

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Chiring showing the earthquake damage in the old hostel building. No one is allow to be inside.

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Gentleman in the suite is the assistant principal, Sameer Bajracharya and Chiring.

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The kitchen collapsed.

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Kitchen water tank is still standing and working.

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The buffalo shelter collapsed.

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NEIO Biogas and septic tank still working. There is no leak or crack.

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Locals set up the temporary kitchen next to the damaged hostel building. After Chiring, Wayne and Sameer’s discussion, all parties agreed to move this temporary kitchen to a safer location.

Update on Nurbuling Village

Sharing pictures that were taken in Nurbuling and Shyugenche village on 5/10/15. Chiring Lama (our local champion) and Sameer Bajracharya (engineer) went to Nurbuling and assessed the Nurbuling school and got back some pictures for us. The description of the pictures are in the order they appear. 1. Shyugenche village, close to Nurbuling School. The house by the left building was where Nurbuling principal passed away. 2 and 3. Shyugenche village (closer view). 4. Chiring’s mom’s house that was all destroyed except for the sole toilet standing. 5. This is the tent where Chiring’s mom now is staying with 15 or so other people till things stabilize again.

Shyugenche village, close to Nurbuling School. The house by the left building was where Nurbuling principal passed away.

Shyugenche village, close to Nurbuling School. The house by the left building was where Nurbuling principal passed away.

Shyugenche village (closer view).

Shyugenche village (closer view).

Shyugenche village (closer view).

Shyugenche village (closer view).

Our own local team, Chiring's mom house that was all destroyed except for the sole toilet standing.

Our own local team, Chiring’s mom house that was all destroyed except for the sole toilet standing.

This is the tent where our own local team, Chiring, mom now is staying with 15 or so other people till things stabilize again.

This is the tent where our own local team, Chiring, mom now is staying with 15 or so other people till things stabilize again.