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Friends of Nepal
c/o Suzie Schneider
181 Mary Jo Lane
Sequim, WA 98382
FoN issued a special earthquake edition in July, with personal stories from volunteers, RPCVs, staff members, and aid workers who experienced the earthquake firsthand. Read it here.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.