As part of the relief effort, NEIO provided 3775 kg of rice, 151 liter of oil and 50 kg of salt to Panchakanya VDC, Nuwakot. Each of the 151 households received a bag of rice, a liter of oil and 2 kg of salt, which will last them roughly 40 days. (See previous Singhadevi post on May 7). Food was distributed on May 8 to the households.
We have not heard directly from Nakote school. Community members in the vicinity have said that all the roadways are blocked, and there have been conflicting reports on the extent of damage to the school buildings. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nakote community.
We would like to thank our engineer, Arna Raj Silwal, who helped us bring forth the school engineering concepts to the Helambu region. We thank the dedication and hard work of Arna, his staff, Jimmy (our local champion) and the Nakote people. If anyone has updates regarding Nakote school, please inform us.
See more on Nakote school projects on our blog and below are some highlight projects links. All pictures were taken in 2008 and 2010.
School completed: http://www.neio.org/…/06/13/nakote-school-project-completed/
Hygienic toilets: http://www.neio.org/…/06/11/hygienic-toilets-for-the-school/
Water tank and running water: http://www.neio.org/…/06/11/water-tank-and-running-water-t…/
Library project: http://www.neio.org/blog/2010/04/16/library-project/
Hygienic training: http://www.neio.org/…/every-student-has-1-toothbrush-and-1…/
School 1st floor: http://www.neio.org/blog/2009/03/31/the-new-school-building/
Thankfully, the students are uninjured. The school buildings have been completely destroyed. The focus now is on providing sufficient food, clothing, and shelter. Tashi, our close friend and school director, is doing much of the food coordinating, and is currently directing the efforts to provide 30 kg of rice to every villager in surrounding villages.
Tashi and his physician brother have helped with medical care and helicopter transportation for 10 people so far, especially in a nearby village that saw more than 200 people die and 300 injured and under treatment. This village has been isolated as roadways have been completely blocked ground transportation.
Tashi is now planning to build a temporary place to continue educating the Yangrima School students.
Our contact, Shrestha, at the Singhadevi school has informed that the school building was damaged during the earthquake, his house as well as 151 other houses in the community have collapsed, and that food is in shortage. We were told that no relief items have been distributed to the village except for a small tarp for shelter they received from another organization.
NEIO has provided $2500 to the Singhadevi community for the purchase and transportation of food due to the shortage. This amount is enough to purchase 1 bag of rice,1 liters of oil and 2 kg of salt for each of the 151 households which will last them roughly 40 days.
The following pictures were taken on 4/28/15 (Nepal time). The kitchen has collapsed, but the rest of the school remains standing with no visible structural damage. For that, we would like to thank the engineer, Arna Raj Silwal, who helped us with the construction of the Nakote and Nurbuling schools. Without the help and dedication from him, his staff, Chiring (our local champion) and local villagers, the schools would have been destroyed or severely damaged. Read more @
On May 5th, we sent $1000 to our local staff member, Chiring Lama, to purchase food and $150 to rent a truck to deliver the food to Nurbuling school. The food will be distributed to the 4 teachers and 40 children who currently live at the school. However, we expect our other teachers and students to arrive soon, increasing the food needs. Students living with families in the community have improvised huts from wood and CGI sheets collected from the destroyed houses.
We are committed to providing food to the students at Nurbuling school for at least the following 3 months. Food will be delivered at the beginning of every month.
Chiring has also been meeting with engineers to assess the damages to the school building and plan for necessary repairs and reconstruction.
The following pictures show the Sermathang area which is on the other side of Helambu. The Yangrima School,almost like a sister school to the NEIO schools in Nurbuling and Nakote, has been completely destroyed. We are continuing to get news from the NEIO schools as well as neighboring areas to see how we can best help. Please continue to donate to www.neio.org.
The map below shows the schools NEIO has a working relationship with, and their closeness to the epicenter of the earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25th. Although on the outer rind, Nurbuling was very close to the aftermath area and suffered great damage. We continue to collect funds to show our support for the survivors and help make a difference. Please stay engaged with us throughout this journey and donate at www.neio.org.
NEIO and the founder of NEIO, our very own Wayne Cheung is featured in UCSF news.
The following pictures show the current living conditions after houses are completely destroyed in Sermathang Sindupalchok. Nakote and Nurbuling are only 5.4 mile and 1.8 miles from Sermathang. Please keep Nepal in your prayers and continue to show your support by giving to the NEIO so we can provide assistance to them during this difficult time. Make a donation at NEIO Paypal. 100% of the proceeds are going to help those in need. Thanks all for your help as we come together as global citizens to help our community.
Thanks to Dame Lama for sharing Amrit Mahatjan’s post with the pics.
Below are pictures from Tarkegang, Nagkote, Dujom, MalamchiGyang villages in Helambu region. As you can see, the destruction in the area is substantial and many people are homeless. Nakote and Nurbuling are only 1 mile and 3.7 miles from Tarkegang (first picture), respectively. The pictures were taken by Sangye Hyolmo the helicopter pilot. Thank you Sangye for letting us sharing those pictures.
Please continue to donate at NEIO Paypal so we can provide timely support especially food for the affected in this crucial time of need.