Help complete re-build of school for 90+ children in Bhumlutar, Nepal. Children still need a toilet, kitchen, garden + 2 teacher salaries.
The April/May 2015 earthquakes in Nepal destroyed approximately 80% of all standing structures in Bhumlutar, Nepal, severely damaged the schools, and killed 68 people and 473 animals. Golden Bay Friends of Nepal is run by 3 friends from Golden Bay who have all had magical and transformational experiences in Nepal. We have no salaries, no expenses and no overhead costs here in NZ. We volunteer 100% of our time to help our friends in Nepal rebuild and recover. 100% of every dollar donated to Golden Bay Friends of Nepal has gone (and will go) to helping the people of Nepal.
Since inception, Golden Bay Friends of Nepal has provided emergency supplies (medicine/food/tarps/water containers), metal roofing sheets for reconstruction of 32 houses, and construction of a 2-room learning facility building - the Golden Bay Friendship Academy.
In the Golden Bay Friendship Academy, we are teaching English, Computers, and Organic Agriculture to the students and local adults. We want to provide the skills and knowledge for local residents (mostly rural, subsistence farmers) to begin earning some income to begin rebuilding. Growing higher value organic crops (like tea, coffee, garlic, tomatoes, pineapples, etc) can provide opportunity for locals to remain in their villages and begin rebuilding.
Goals for the coming months:
Hire additional staff to focus on agriculture program, greenhouse, seedling distribution
Full time electricity line to the school
Internet (password protected) for the school to enable outside communication and learning
Greenhouse building workshops for locals (including plastic sheets and bamboo to build their own small greenhouse near their homes)
Hosting free earthbrick/earthbag construction workshop - so locals can start rebuilding
Several rainwater storage ponds (50,000ltr) to enable food production in the dry season (Oct - May)
Free basic health course (sanitation, nutrition, first aid, sugar risks, etc)
Establishment of fruit garden to feed children fruit during breaks
Creation of women's group (weaving, seed saving, handicrafts, etc)
Creation of village cooperative to sell organic produce in Kathmandu and trekking areas
Offer basic yoga and meditation course on Saturdays (adults and children)
Long term goals:
Provide agricultural training to local farmers to enable them to grow higher-value organic (pesticide-free) crops (subsistence farming to income farming)
Set up village cooperative to sell high value organic crops in Banepa, Dhulikhel, Kathmandu
Use proceeds from sales of organic produce to buy materials for construction of earth homes.
Provide Earthbag or Earthbrick training through local Nepali partner to enable local families to rebuild their houses, and their lives
Volunteer program for foreign students (English, computers, math, agriculture, earth building)
The villagers and children are enormously grateful for the help Golden Bay Friends of Nepal has provided and have donated lots of their own time, sweat and energy to start rebuilding their lives and their community. love to turn our donations into a living, breathing, nurturing school. Our dear friends in Bhumlutar Village are receiving no other external assistance. We have a respected and trusted friend in the village (Bhupal Kharel) who is overseeing the project and the distribution of funds, he was the previous teacher at the destroyed school and is so excited to be teaching the children again. Feel free to visit our website or contact us if you have any questions, suggestions or requests. We are a NZ registered Charity (registration number CC53344) and we exist entirely on donated time so there are no costs, fees, or overhead. Whatever amount you donate will go directly to (y)our friends in Nepal. Thank you so much for your support. The people of Nepal thank you, too.
Our website: www.gbfriendsofnepal.weebly.com
Golden Bay Friends of Nepal is a not-for-profit club based in Golden Bay, New Zealand with an aim to provide relief to underprivileged people in Nepal suffering genuine hardship in the wake of the 2015 devastating earthquakes.
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