By Jan Byrnes, Vice President, Grand Circle Foundation
When Nepal was rocked by a devastating 7.8 earthquake on April 25, 2015, our generous travelers helped Grand Circle Foundation raise $418,950 to support relief efforts. With your help, we were able to fund five key initiatives with local organizations.
The updates we receive from these organizations show us that while much progress has been made, there is still a great deal to be done. Here’s a summary of how Foundation contributions are being used:
$136,100 was granted to Nepal Orthopedic Hospital, whose mission is to provide quality health care to all at no cost. Led by strong, dedicated leaders, we are pleased with the results of our partnership and can assure you the funds have been used wisely, making a huge impact on the safety of patients and the ability of the hospital to deliver high quality care to those most in need.
To date, Grand Circle Foundation has supported the purchase of much needed medical equipment including: an autoclave sterilizer (used to sterilize operating equipment), a C-arm fluoroscope (used to guide a needle to a specific area during surgery), an X-ray machine, an ultrasound machine, and two electrocardiogram machines. In the immediate aftermath of the 7.3 earthquake on May 12, 2015, funds were also used for water purification, solar lights, mosquito nets and food for patients.
We’ve recently raised additional funds to donate toward a new light for the operating room, and hope to purchase one more. If you would like to help, you can donate here.
The Himalayan Trust received $100,000 to rebuild the Pike School. In an update received Sept 30, Chief Administration Officer, Pasang Sherpa Lama tells us:
“This year we are experiencing more profuse rainfall in Nepal than previous years. Therefore, the progress of rebuilding some schools is slow due to transport difficulty in the hills. But the progress at Pike Loding Secondary School is satisfactory. Our Engineer and government representatives are observing the progress of the schools in Solukhumbu, including Pike Loding School. We will update you more after the school visit report by the Engineer and government officials.”
With $100,000 allocated to Yeti Cares, a non-profit managed by our local partner in Nepal, we are rebuilding Dharampani Village. A group of Boston associates will be traveling to Nepal in April of 2017 to assist with the labor for this project.
Daman Pradhan, Yeti Foundation Director, also reports some issues that have led to delays including: “…monsoons, having washed away the roads, India blockade highly increasing fuel costs, etc. Initially we had thought that semi-skilled labor would suffice and we had estimated that for each house it would take 28 days for two masons with local carpenters. Now it is clear that we require 35 days for each house with six masons, plus ten extra days for the roofing work with two skilled carpenters.”
- Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA) was granted $58,000 and has delivered 2,000 water filters, 1,000 solar lanterns, and 140 smokeless stoves to villages surrounding Kathmandu.
- The organization Seven Summits Women provided 1,200 students with safe drinking water and sanitation facilities by installing three Bio-sand water filters and ten toilet units at three schools, funded by a donation of $7,300. An additional $7,700 has been allocated, and we are waiting for the organization to submit a proposal before we decide how to distribute.
- Finally, $3,850 was donated to the American Red Cross to support their Nepal Red Cross relief efforts.
Together, we have made a huge impact in Nepal, but the need will continue for many years to come. Therefore, we’re still accepting donations from anyone interested in helping. You can donate to our Nepal efforts—or any other Foundation project—here.
Thank you for your continued trust in Grand Circle Foundation.
The best way to show support for the people of Nepal is to visit the country yourself—as you can with O.A.T. during Nepal & the Mystical Himalayas. Since long before the earthquake, we’ve supported the Laxmi Primary School in Tomejhong Village.