Friends of Nepal is currently focusing all its efforts on earthquake relief. If you would like to donate, we would greatly appreciate your support. Your donation will be used to provide for basic human needs such as medical care, shelter and food. At an appropriate time the organization will switch its efforts to rebuilding.


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Sequim, WA 98382


08 Jun

FoN Sends Funds for Earthquake Relief

It has been six weeks since we awoke to news of a horrifying 7.8 quake in Nepal. For a few days, the world watched a steady stream of shocking images of collapsed homes and terrified people. In those first days, friends of Nepal from around the world mobilized to help a devastated country. More than $60,000 was donated to Friends of Nepal in the first week after the quake, and we committed to spending the money to meet health-related needs.

In May, we transferred $30,000 to Patan Hospital, a private hospital in the Kathmandu valley. Doctors and nurses at Patan worked around the clock treating the injured, and the hospital kitchen fed dozens of people—patients, relatives of patients, neighbors—at no charge as well. As the influx of Kathmandu victims began to taper off, Patan began receiving injured patients from outlying districts who were airlifted into the valley. It was five days before the first staff members could go home to check on their own families and homes, and to get some sleep. As a private hospital, Patan is dependent on patient fees, but they asked for no payments in the first days after the quake, putting their duty to help the injured over the financial needs of the hospital.  Our donation helped refill their depleted coffers so they can continue to provide care in the future.

Another $6,000 was sent to the Nepali NGO Phul Maya in May to provide tarpaulins, medicine, food, soap, and other necessities in Kavre district, where more than 30,000 houses were destroyed and 150,000 people rendered homeless. With the rains already beginning, adequate shelter is crucial for preventing further injuries and disease. Phul Maya has a long history of effective development work in Kavre district, and they have already organized dozens of trucks which have delivered thousands of tarps and other necessities all over the district.

This week we are sending $30,000, through World Education, to rebuild schools in Dolakha district, a hard-hit area which hasn’t received as much assistance as some of the areas closer to Kathmandu. Admittedly, building schools is not the first thing that comes to mind in regards to health-related needs, but when a representative from Friends of Nepal visited the earthquake zone, re-opening schools was the number one request made by the local people. Life has been chaotic and unpredictable since the quake, and re-opening schools would provide children with a measure of normalcy and structure which will help them cope with the stress and anxiety they have suffered since the quake. This is a very cost-effective way to provide aid: since local communities have committed to providing the labor, just $1000 in construction materials is sufficient to build one school. We have already made arrangements for trucks and helicopters to carry construction materials in to remote villages before the monsoon hits in July and transportation becomes impossible.

Going forward, Friends of Nepal will be focusing on the long-term needs of people in the earthquake zone: schools and shelter. The $30,000 we sent for schools will build 30 temporary learning centers, but there are many more villages which have requested a center of their own. The monsoon is about to hit, and tarps and tents just aren’t enough when the rain is coming down in sheets. Over the long term, people will need help rebuilding actual houses. One of the most devastating aspects of the quake is that it hit hardest the people with the least resources. The mud huts of the poor were much more likely to collapse than the concrete houses of the better off. Friends of Nepal is still accepting donations for earthquake relief in Nepal. With our connections to local people and NGOs throughout the country, we are uniquely positioned to get aid into neglected areas. As the earthquake begins to recede from the forefront of international attention, let’s not forget that millions of people are still living with the effects of the earthquake every day.

26 May

Jobs with the EPA for RPCVs

The San Francisco office of the US Environmental Protection Agency is looking to hire RPCVs! The job announcements are here and here. Applications are due for both positions by June 12.

13 May

May 2015 FoN Newsletter Now Available

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The May newsletter is available here! Inside we have a review of the book Jaya Nepal about a fictional Nepal PCV, a recounting of a moment when the unflappable Daulat Karki encouraged a young PCV, and of course, news about the terrible earthquake of April 25th. 

Friends of Nepal is still accepting donations for earthquake relief in Nepal. The second quake, which hit on May 12th, shook down many of the remaining buildings in Kathmandu and the mountainous districts around it, worsening conditions in already traumatized communities. We are working with local partners to identify the best way to get assistance to the hard-hit rural communities. 

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13 May

Healing Traumatized Victims

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Art with Heart, a Seattle-based organization, is working on bringing an art therapy program to Nepal to help earthquake victims build resiliency and strength. Art With Heart utilizes a “Draw It Out” activity book for kids healing from trauma, grief and loss. Susan Alotrico, an RPCV from Thailand, is currently in Nepal and is working with Nepali colleagues to plan life skills camps and workshops. ADRF NEPAL, one of the partners, has more information on their website. If you are going to Nepal from Seattle in the near future, or would like more information, please contact Susan through her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/susan.alotrico
 
12 May

Earthquake Relief Fund

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Please accept our apologies for the state of our website — we were in the midst of overhauling the design when the earthquake struck in Nepal, and we have not had the chance to complete the project.

We have received several inquiries lately about the status of our relief fund. To date have raised over $78,000. This week, we are sending $30,000 to Patan Hospital in Kathmandu this week to treat people injured in the earthquake and aftershcosk and $6,000 to the Phul Maya Foundation to provide emergency supplies (food, tarps for shelter, etc.) in the District of Kavre. One of our members will be in Nepal early next week to help us determine the best ways to deliver additional aid.

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or send a check (with earthquake relief in the memo line) to:

Friends of Nepal
c/o Suzie Schneider
181 Mary Jo Lane
Sequim, WA 98382

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07 May

New Operating Rooms for Patan Hospital

Thousands of people were injured by falling bricks and walls in the earthquake, and many require surgery to repair their battered bodies. Although the operating rooms at Patan Hospital have been running at capacity since the earthquake, they have been unable to keep up with the need. Worse, the backlog is growing, not shrinking, because Patan Hospital has begun to receive patients airlifted into the Kathmandu valley from outlying areas. 

In the past 11 days, Patan Hospital has treated nearly 1600 earthquake victims. Below is the statistics of the earthquake disaster victims as of 05 May 2015, Tuesday:

Victims brought to Patan Hospital – 1575
Admitted patients ———————- 160
Discharged patients ——————— 38
Expires ————————————- 57
Major operations ———————– 100
Minor operations ————————- 22

Patan Hospital contacted Friends of Nepal late on May 5 to give us these stats, and also to tell us that they could have done better. They had both the human resources and the space to operate; what they lacked was the supplies.”Had we had the adequate budget,” wrote Patan Hospital Communications Officer Archana Shrestha, “we could have provided our service more smoothly to both the disaster victims as well as our regular patients. Thus we are in dire need of these [surgical] equipments for the treatment of the victims.” The money that people around the world donated to Friends of Nepal will go towards outfitting and opening two new operating theaters and a surgical ICU. Patan Hospital has already begun procuring supplies such as anesthesia machines, operating table lights, ventilators, monitors, portable X-ray machines, patient trolleys, surgical instruments, ECG machines, and defibrillators. They hope to open the new rooms within days.

 

03 May

Where to now?

It’s a week later, but it isn’t over. The very unluckiest are still waiting for their first sign of outside help. For most, though, the first phase of the earthquake is drawing to a close: the aftershocks are becoming rarer, the injured are beginning to heal, the debris has been piled up and pushed to the side.

International news is moving on, but for the people of Nepal, the long, slow task of rebuilding their lives is just beginning. We are still accepting donations for the earthquake recovery effort

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Nepal Peace Corps volunteers and staff immediately began working to help their Nepali communities. The following PC-affiliated organizations are working on getting aid to towns and villages in some of the hardest-hit areas. They would all welcome your support.

1. Bandipur, Tanahu district:
Chij Shrestha, a long-time PC staff member, has been living in Bandipur. He and his wife are ok. He has posted messages and photos on his Facebook page about the fact that homes of many Dalit families there have been completely destroyed. RPCVs Bill Hanson and John Schneider are heading to Bandipur in the next few days. Chij is accepting donations to help provide needed supplies and materials to the families there. Read Chij’s posts and see photos at: https://www.facebook.com/chij.shrestha1

Donate money for Chij’s earthquake relief project in Bandipur by sending donations to:

World Education Inc, 44 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210
Attention: Emma Tobin for Bandipur Project/Chij Shrestha.

2. Gorkha District
RPCV Don Messerschmidt is on the Board of the Gorkha Foundation. That foundation is working in many villages in Gorkha district, one of the most hard-hit during the earthquake. Read the blog about what they have been doing on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gorkha-Foundation/191426006477. Money can be donated directly to the organization. Go to their web page at http://gorkhafoundation.org/ and click on the “Donate Now” button.

3. Chautara, Sindhupalchok district
RPCVs are raising money of the town of Chautara, badly damaged by the earthquake. 47 Peace Corps trainees of groups 199 and 200 lived with families in Chautara while in training. Many of them have banded together to raise funds to support their host families and the bigger Chautara community. On their fund-raising page, you can see a 10 minute TV news video of Chautara and its environs. Two of the RPCVs are already in Chautara.
https://life.indiegogo.com/fundraisers/nepal-village-earthquake-recovery-fund-by-rpcvs

4. Dolakha District
Educate the Children International is a small organization that has been working in Dolakha district, another hard-hit district. RPCVs Mel Goldman and Barb Butterworth are on its Board of Directors. You can donate to their relief fund for use in Dolakha by PayPal at their website: http://www.etc-nepal.org/earthquake_relief.php

02 May

$50,000 Raised for Earthquake Victims

It is one week since a devastating 7.8 earthquake hit outside the Kathmandu valley. At this time, there are more than 7000 confirmed deaths and more than 14,000 injured, and the numbers continue to rise. Last week Friends of Nepal sent out an appeal for help for the injured, and hundreds of people from around the world responded. In five days we raised more than $50,000 for emergency medical care. On Tuesday, we will transfer that money to Patan Hospital, which has been treating all comers for no charge since the quake. They have also been providing meals to dozens of people. Our donation won’t cover all that Patan Hospital has spent for the earthquake victims, but it will help.

We are still accepting donations for Nepal, but money received after May 1 will not be earmarked for the hospitals. Instead it will go into our general fund for earthquake recovery. Treating the injured is a necessary first step, but many people will leave the hospital with no home to go back to. It is time to plant, but stores of seeds are buried under rubble, tools are damaged, and workers are injured. Animals have been killed or lost. With their homes and means of livelihood destroyed, thousands of people will need long-term support before they can return to self-sufficiency.

Friends of Nepal has longstanding relationships with several local NGOs, and we are in the process of determining the most effective way to support the recovery effort. In the meantime, we are continuing to accept donations for the earthquake victims in Nepal at 

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26 Apr

Earthquake in Nepal

Just before noon on Saturday, April 25th, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck about 50 miles to the northwest of Kathmandu, in Gorkha district. This earthquake has been devastating, particularly to the old sections of Kathmandu. Many historical structures, such as Dharahara tower, Basantapur Durbar Square, and Patan Durbar Square, have collapsed. The worst hit regions after the Kathmandu Valley include Sindhupalchowk, Rasuwa, Dolakha, Dhading, Gorkha, and Everest, where the earthquake triggered avalanches. The death toll so far is at 2500, and is likely to rise as more information comes out of the worst-hit areas. Since the earthquake, the region has continued to be hit by aftershocks, with more than a dozen stronger than magnitude 5. As a result, even those whose houses are still standing cannot use them, because of the ongoing risk of collapse. Tens of thousands are camping out. There is a desperate need for food, water, sanitation, medical supplies, and shelter. 

Friends of Nepal is launching a short-term fundraising campaign to help the victims of the earthquake. We have identified two hospitals in the Kathmandu Valley, Patan Hospital and Bir Hospital, which are working around the clock to treat people injured in the quake. We have vetted the hospitals and are confident that any money donated to them will be used immediately and directly to help earthquake victims. Starting immediately, we are collecting money for these two hospitals. Any money donated to Friends of Nepal before May 2, 2015 will go to these two hospitals, and we are adding $3000 of our own money as well. We encourage you to donate immediately by copying/ pasting this link into your browser:

 

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Update on April 30:

Second Letter from Patan Hospital

thanks god! the situation is slowly improving, few and only mild tremors since yesterday, the oncalls and emergency department staff with few addtional helf plus all standby are now able to manage. since last night people are now able to spend night indoor, we also returned home in evening after being in hospital since saturday

influx of injured has decreased significantly..though it will take longer to resume regulat services till be have assessed (already started) the hospital buildings, staff qtr and students hostel. patients are stil on ground floor. the backlog of 50 plus ortho cases are clearing, as we do not have regular operating schedule. shops are still not open, likely from tomorrow, orhto team are getting the implants and fixater (which are quite expensive) from suppliers (we do not keep stock), hospital will ‘sit guarantee’, rest of the supplies we provided from our own pharmcy and store billing the patents when they are discharged.(and we feel proud that we have only fully functional system in country)… at present all disaster services we are providng free.

the governement seems ill coordinated, for first three days even in ktm where it was easy with road, electricity and telecom functioning, people simply stayed out of house whereever they could ( some shades, tents distributed) no provision for water, sanitation…and similarly very little rescue effort for those burried, still many are trapped, a team of chinese with robots, dogs and trained team in ktm has been able to dig out 7-8 people alive. with passing time, and rain… cases of ‘age, urti’ will flare..
thanks again, all of you, for your kindness n love for the people in need in nepal.

little efforts has been to dispatch rescue team outside ktm, the most heat areas in remote gorkha, sidhupalchowk etc. yest one elderly patient with ribs fracute from near by lalitpur/ph/pahs about 12 km away up in hills said many are still trppaed, no rescue has reached them, could reach patan hosp as the could still wlak n had remaining family n friends. patan and manuy hospitals and medicso can easily spare few hundreds drs plus the students who have been so very much helpful. the influx of medical team from outside without coordination and staying in ktm can can contribute less.

still we are lucky to have gotten away from this devastating disaster, nothing near the earlier projections, since last couple of years, expecing 4 hundred thousands injured and 40 thousands casualities…that most hopsirtal will collapse and become non functional… same with roads and telecom…this did not happen…seems god still had mercy for people of nepal. mostly th old mud/stone/brick houses in ktm valley collapsed causing caualties…similarly many villages outside in hard hit areas have suffered most of the causalities.

thank you all dear friends for you kind support.
Prof. Dr Jay N Shah, former vc/president Patan Academy of Health Sciences

 

Update on April 28:

Letter from Patan Hospital

We received the letter below from Friends of Patan Hospital, a nonprofit which has been sending tens of thousands of dollars of support to Patan Hospital since 2002, on April 28th.

 Dear Aaron,
 
Many thanks for your help in assisting Patan Hospital as it serves the many injured victims of the earthquake in Nepal.  I will forward your question seeking more information about how the donations will be used to Dr. Jay Shah at the hospital.  Based on my communications with him during the past 3 days, I am fairly confident that the money will be used to supplement the charity fund which helps poor patients cover the costs of medical care at the hospital.  It will probably also be used to cover operating costs that are not being covered as a result of the earthquake and additional costs necessitated by the need to provide food to patients at the hospital that would normally be provided by the families of patients.
 
The hospital supports about 95% of its operating budget from the payments of its patients.  It treats about 350,000 outpatients and 33,000 inpatients each year with a budget of about $6 million.  So that is less than $16 per admission.  During the crisis of the earthquake, the hospital isn’t able to operate normally and a greater portion of its patients than normal will depend on charity care.   So they will need help to cover their expenses as they cope with higher expenses and lower than normal revenues. We at Friends of Patan Hospital sent $30,000 to Patan Hospital in February for the charity care fund via wire transfer.  We will use that facility to send more money soon.
 
Thanks again for your help.  I’ll keep you in the loop as I hear more from Nepal.
 
Joe

 

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