27th April 2015
On Saturday at approximately 4pm I received a call from my dear friend Ranjan Bhandari who is a local Nepalese man from Chitwan a district of Nepal, who was in Kathmandu at the time of the quake and lucky enough to survive it. He was shocked like most of us and totally terrified. He even slept in a car Saturday night in fear of after shocks. He has also seen first hand the loss of human life from the collapsed buildings.
Many have been affected and now have no home, shelter, food or water. This is particularly worrying considering many are sleeping outside and it is monsoon time with heavy rains likely.
For those of you that know Candice and I, we have been involved in and have strong ties emotionally to this beautiful country and its people, through volunteering in 2009 with Ranjan and his wife Swapna & family, and helping to fund projects to improve the lives of the Nepalese people in the village and city areas. We worked at an orphanage also in Kathmandu as well as working for a Nepalese magazine during our 6 month stay. Since then we have continued to help with development through the setup of joint venture between Ranjan and I, a coffee company called Happy Farmer Organics.
What I am asking for today is a donation of any amount, or even if you can spread the word about the need for assistance in Nepal that would be great. I believe I can make a difference personally through help from you. Even if we help a handful of people that is great in this time of need.
To give you a better idea of how much things cost in Nepal, i have detailed how we can make a difference: –
Water pump – Alot of Nepalese people’s water outside of Kathmandu is extracted via handheld water pumps attached to the ground, which would have been damaged due to the quake – price to fix approx $50 – $100 AUD
Shelter -Many people’s homes will need either repairing or completely re-built. Our first hand experience in building a house in Nepal lets us know exactly how much it costs from buying the materials at the local hardware store, to getting it to the land, to paying the builder and laborers to construct. I have listed the cost of some materials below to give you an idea, and the price with picture to completely rebuild a new house.
Total home construction approx $5,000 – $6,000 AUD
Example of the house we built
Please remember any donations large or small would be a GREAT help! Also if you cant donate, spreading the word about this relief effort would be much appreciated!
Account Name – Happy Farmer Savings
Donating to larger relief efforts: –