The Nenagh Nepal Earthquake Fund committee were in the residents lounge of the Abbey Court Hotel on Friday afternoon to express their thanks for the unprecedented level of support the fund has received.
To date over €30,000 has been collected. €17,000 has been delivered to small NGOs working on the ground with earthquake victims in Nepal. The Nenagh Nepal Earthquake fund has contributed to four Nepali NGOs.
Grass Roots Movement in Nepal (GMIN) works to build schools in rural areas. After the earthquake, GMIN was a first responder delivering food and medical supplies and tarps to affected communities both in the Kathmandu valley and also in Sindapalchowk, the epicentre. In particular, GMIN targeted Dalit or low caste communities who have historic difficulties in accessing entitlements. After the initial aid needs were met, GMIN moved to building temporary shelters with tin roofing. Money from NNEF contributed to both phases.
Tsum Valley is a remote Himalayan valley accessible only by walking or helicopter. Just west of the epicentre, 90% of all dwellings collapsed on April 25th. Tsum youth society was a first responder providing emergency relief and also a temporary shelter rebuild team, which included a team of engineers and craftspeople in early June. NNEF contributed to this rebuilding mission.
Dolpo Tulku foundation has worked in villages in Sankhu in the Kathmandu valley, which were devastated by the quake and also in villages near the epicentre, again providing both emergency relief and tin roofing for temporary shelters. NNEF contributed funds to both aspects of the relief aid.
Sama Village Foundation in the Nubri Valley aims to promote development in this remote Himalayan district, which has no road access. The Sama Village Foundation aims to restore the district to pre-quake conditions. The NNEF contributed to their efforts
As the monsoon rains have now arrived, rebuilding efforts have been postponed until the autumn. NNEF’s remaining funds will be channeled to the rebuilding efforts of these four NGOs. NNEF is also looking to contribute to the psychological recovery of the people of Nepal so other groups or initiatives supporting this may also be added.
The committee would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to everyone who contributed to the fund.