For several years now we have been supporting the nearby Village of Dadagaun. The main focus has been to support the Dadagaun Village School and also the local community and we have been working in close coordination with Christine Marshner who runs the Dadagaun Village Project.
We liaise closely with the school principle and work together to improve teacher training and generally improve the facilities at the school. Through the generosity of our guests and friends we have been able to fund the following:
- Install Solar panels and an invertor system to provide constant electricity
- Build a library and computer lab on the top of the existing building
- Install x12 desk top computers and provided x4 laptops
- Fund music lessons
- Fund teacher training and additional teachers
- Erect safety railings
- Contribute to general maintenance and upkeep
On Saturday 25 April 2015 a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. It severely shook the lives of at least 8m people and left many homeless. Nepal’s major cities, including the capital Kathmandu, were badly affected and rural areas near the epicentre were completely cut off.
The Shivapuri Hills shook pretty violently the Village of Dadagaun was quite badly affected due to many of the traditional houses being made of mud and stone.
Miraculously, no serious injuries were reported in the Village. However, some 50 homes (out of 75) were badly damaged and rendered unliveable.
1 year on on most people in the village are still sleeping outside under make-shift lean-to’s. They have endured the rains of last years June-September monsoon and the cold of the December-February winter. Sadly there has been little help from the government despite pledges from the international aid community of some 3 billion US$.
Immediately after the earthquake we assisted with tents and tarpaulins and some food supplies in the Villages. We have also raised money and spent considerable time liaising with the Village to try and map out a future that will help them to re-build.
With the approval of the Village committee we arranged to import manual brick-making machines that we envisaged would enable some of the Villagers to produce new bricks that would help them to re-build their homes at a minimal cost. We have also been helping the Village to connect with various donor groups that may assist with the re-building effort.
This process is ongoing and things in Nepal take time. Some of the funds raised will go towards this process as well as provide some, albeit limited, financial assistance.
If you would like to help in anyway please get in touch.