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Cycling for Sanitation

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OVERVIEW

NCRR formed after the 26th April 2015 earthquake which hit the central region of Nepal. After giving aid and relief to many regions, the NGO group decided to rebuild all seven schools in the Sikhra Besi and Nuwakot District in a project titled “Seven Schools in Seven Weeks”.

As the schools are now presently under construction, a group of Dutch cyclists have formed to raise money to build toilets, supply water tanks and water filtration systems to the schools. The back story behind the group is that they were scheduled to start a mountain biking tour with Himalayan Single Track (part of the founders of NCRR) on the day that the earthquake struck. The Dutch group was actually in the airport when it happened and, despite the confusion, managed to get out and deliver some small form of aid via bicycle to the southern parts of the Kathmandu valley. After staying in the capital for only four days, the group left and resolved to come back to Nepal to complete their cycling tour and also give something back to the communities that where so badly affected by the earthquake.

WHY SANITATION?
Rural Nepal suffers from disease spread by open defecation and it is very rare to find toilets in remote areas. Open defecation has a direct impact on the natural water sources especially during the heavy rain falls incurred in the monsoon.

Teaching hygienic habits and the use of toilets in schools is a small step in the right direction to healthier kids and healthier villagers.

NCRR have chosen to work on the rebuilding of village schools as part of our building phase. School buildings within Nepalese villages are an integral part of the social network, community and social structure of a village. Not only are schools a place for education and a safe, supervised place for parents to leave their children, they also represent community centres. They are more important now than ever as they are a safe place for children to go to while parents clear and rebuild.

AREA
Shikhra Besi VDC is located about 120 Km north of Kathmandu (by Road) at the base of Langtang Lugri himalayaa in Nuwakot Jila (District). It is one of the most heavily affected areas after the earthquake with terrain that is steep and rocky. 50% of the VDC has rough jeep road access and 80% of the wards are only accessed by walking.

 

BUDGET (provisional estimated budget)

NCRR are to Provide 90% of the funding and local people to provide the remaining 10%. We hope that this creates ownership of the project. The 10% from the local people can be in the form of materials, labour or other help.

Transport $1,775 USD
Estimated 5 trips @ $355 USD per trip includes which will include: jeep, heavy truck, motorbike and 4 tonnes of materials.

Labour $400 USD
For the project to go ahead, approx. 4 workers over 10 days will be needed. Their wages will be approximately $10 USD per person per day.

Rain Water Harvesting System
Water tank at $800 USD x 7 schools = $5,600 USD
Filtration system $250 USD x 7 schools =$1,750 USD
Quoted by Smart Pani

Toilets (dry biodegradable toilets)

$1,000 USD per School = $7,000 USD (this includes all materials, foundations etc.)

LOCAL MANPOWER
When building the schools and toilets we plan to use local manpower as labour for carting goods, manual work and also employing skilled local people for carpentry, masonry etc.

A REPEAT EVENT

As Nepal is a geographically unstable country, there is a high probability of a repeat event. NCRR are very mindful of this probability and in any rebuild, are ensuring that the work is done following the earthquake resilient building practices.

To help the team “Cycle for Sanitation” you can donate today via our page on Youcaring

Rising to the Challenge

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2016 has finally arrived! Despite crossing many deadlines and facing lots of hurdles the seven schools in seven weeks is now under way.

There has been a boarder blockade with India, which has stranded prefab and roofing supplies and made it difficult to refuel transport trucks for building materials. That coupled with a government that seem to be unwilling to act, and still no solid education incentives have really slowed things down.

An unprecedented cold winter has also struck the region and while the local people are struggling to keep warm and reconstruct their own homes; they have still come forward with a workforce and support for our seven schools in seven weeks project.

Nayodhanda Primary school now has a concrete slab ground, 5 other schools have foundations and the slab pour will go on this week. While the prefab walling is still being held hostage at the Indian border, the roofing trusses are on route to the village as we speak and the workforce to erect them should be in the village by the end of the week.

We have to thank all our supports and donors who have made this possible, while we have still not met our budget and still need to raise a further $30,000 USD to complete the project, things are moving and at-least. Three of the schools will be completed within four weeks and the other four very soon after that.

Special thanks needs to go out to Sarah Allard and Richard Goodey who have sponsored Shree Krishna Primary school to its completion through their Share the Load Foundation which is run on profits from their Adventure travel company Lost Earth Adventures.

Another one of our big supports is Richard who through Black Bird Cafe has made a huge contribution to the initial aid efforts and is also fully sponsoring Nayadhada Primary schools to its completion and with a yearly support grant.

Also Karma Foundation, Raj and Birget have also been valuable contributors to our project.

These are just a few of the amazing people who have helped us get Seven Schools in Seven Weeks up and Running, another we are not on time, we are moving and anyone who has spent any time in Nepal will appreciate the sheer effort, support and team work it has taken to get the wheels rolling.

Keep following us on facebook as we will be regularly updating the project.

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Putting it all on Paper

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It is now just over three months since the earthquake struck Nepal. We have shifted out of the relief phase of the project and into the longer-term reconstruction phase. Exciting times lie ahead as we have set the ball rolling on the below projects, but we did not realize how much paper work and planning was involved. Our first building quotation rolled in late last week and we hope that by the end of the first week in August we are ready to roll out our budget, our building plan and funding proposals.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Seven Schools in Seven Weeks

This is our biggest challenge and something the team are really looking forward to. Already we have faced many challenges getting this school project underway, but it has also been lots of fun.

While deciding on construction method we had to consider many factors for such a huge project; transport and portage was one of them. Right now, we have two quotations in hand and one more on the way. Once these are in, we will choose a contractor and set the wheels in motion for this project.

Our chosen building method is pre-fab construction as it is affordable, durable and portable (we hope).

Phase 1 – Temporary Schools – Complete.

Phase 2 – Planning, Budgeting and Fundraising – Yup its going on now, lots of Coffee and lots of paperwork

Phase 3 – Construction – Target Date 1st December

Phase 4 – Handover and Opening – Target Date 2nd Week in January

 

VILLAGE WARD SCHOOL STUDENTS CLASSROOMS ROOM SIZE
Silame 3 Shree Nayodaya Primary School 30 4(Inc. Office) 12ft x 10ft
Manedanda 7 Shree Manedanda Primary School 165 6(Inc. Office) 12ft x 15ft
Aange Fata 3 Shree Krishna Primary School 46 4(Inc. Office) 12ft x 10ft
Simtang 1 Chyan Danda Primary School 110 67(Inc. Office) 12ft x 15ft
Chauthali Danda 4 Shree Sagar Kudi Primary School 55 4 (Inc. Office) 12ft x 15ft
Sarang 8 Chana Bhumi Primary School 74 4 (Inc. Office) 12ft x 15ft
Sikarbesi 5 Bachhala Secondary School 463 11 classrooms 19ft x 20ft

Project Budget:- $235,000 USD


BACK TO SCHOOL

This small side project focuses on getting the schools ready for opening it includes;

School Furniture

Making desks and furniture for the students. We hope to supply the material and use local craftsmen to build it. It will provide a source of income for the villagers.

School Bags for the Kids

The bags will be made by the womens development group Hamri Bhaini, which helps to give women brighter futures.

School Uniforms

These are for the primary schools’ children helping them get ready to go back to school. It will give them some warm, quality clothing ready for winter. The uniforms will be made by the seven women training program (who focus on helping single women from villages become independent in Kathmandu).

 

Project Budget $45,000 USD

MAKI BHARI HEALTH POST

The Kathmandu Kora is a yearly event hosted by social tours and the Karma Foundation. The event, on the 19th of July, saw approximately 2700 riders complete either a 50k, 75k or 100k Kora of the Kathmandu valley. This year was the start of what NCRR hopes is a long-term relationship between the Kora and NCRR for fundraising.

We are working jointly with the world cyclist, Puskha Shai, and the Karma Foundation to complete a health post in Dholka – Maki Bhari. The previous health post was destroyed during the earthquakes.

The funds have been generated by the Kora event in conjunction with the Karma Foundation and Save the Children and we hope to complete one similar fundraiser every year.

 

Project Budget $17,500 USD (Funds contributed by Karma Foundation)


WOMEN ON WHEELS

A small but exciting project! We are working with Hans Rey and his team at Wheels For Life to identify women who would benefit by having a bike to help them get to and from work or college. Hopefully empowering them to become more independent.

 

Project Budget $2,500 USD (Funds contributed by Wheels for Life)

DASHAIN RELIEF PROJECT

Dashain is one of the biggest and most celebrated festivals in Nepal. It runs over 15 days and celebrates the end of the harvest. Traditionalist people would return to their villages for this festival. Sadly, there are a lot of people will not celebrate Dashain due to deaths in their families.

Dashain is a time of sharing and eating. NCRR have decided to provide a care package of food and blankets to each of the 940 families in the Shirkra Besi VDC.

Project Budget $33,500 USD

GETTING OFFICIAL

We would really like to thank you all so much for your support and your trust by supporting us and donating money. Now to make it easier we are finally beginning our official NGO registration. This means we will have the benefits of being; tax free on costs, having international bank transfer procedures and much more.

It is a golden opportunity to network with like-minded people from all over the world, so our young and enthusiastic team of cyclists can grow, learn and develop skills.

If anyone is interested in being involved in any of the above projects, please do let us know and we will send you more detailed information.

Thank you all for your support and keep following us to see our progress.

Seven Schools in Seven Weeks Challenge

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INTRODUCTION

The aim is to provide much needed assistance to certain Village District Committee (VDC) wards and to work in coordination with the villagers. We will increase man power, materials and other requirements to enable them to get back on their feet and return to their self-sufficient way of life. The core objective is to rebuild schools, improve building safety and introduce sustainable resources, so that in a repeat event; damage will be less devastating and lack of resources less critical.

WHY SCHOOLS?

NCRR have chosen to work on the rebuilding of village schools as part of our building phase. School buildings within Nepalese villages are an integral part of their social network and community of a village. Not only are schools a place for education and a safe, supervised place for parents to leave their children, they also represent community centres. They are more important now than ever, as they are a safe place for children to go to while parents clear and rebuild.

In the VDC there are some 600 houses destroyed. Although we would like to assist, it would be an immeasurable task for us to rebuild every house and with local politics heavily involved it is nigh impossible to begin such a large project.

In the long term the villagers will receive financial assistance from the Nepal Government to rebuild their homes (Details of this and when it will be released are still unclear and it could take some time). The best thing we can do is secure local families in shelters, provide building advice and materials before the monsoon and then assist them in opening up channels to access the funds from the Government as well as maintain a stable food and medical aid supply until they can become self-sufficient again.

By choosing the rebuilding of schools as our core objective we;

  1. can successfully implement our objective
  2. will use earthquake safe building technology and provide education and training for local people about this. As a result, we hope to initiate the safe building of houses in the region. The equipment we use will be donated to the community for reuse.

To be successful in the above proposal we have created teams who are currently being educated with regard to safe building technique.

PROJECT OBJECTIVE
To rebuild six primary schools and one Secondary School in the Shikhar Besi VDC.

NCRR’s objectives are to re-build the school as earthquake resistant and sustainable (rainwater harvesting, solar power, biodegradable toilets). This will create a better, safer and long-term learning environment for the students.

We sent a team on the 25th May 2015 to assess the schools, document the needs and sizes required and assess damages to schools and properties so that we can extract an accurate budget.

AREA
Shikhra Besi VDC is located about 120km North of Kathmandu (by Road) at the base of Langtang Lugri Himalaya in Nuwakot Jila (District). It is one of the most heavily affected areas after the earthquake. The terrain is steep and rocky. 50% of the VDC has rough jeep road access. 80% of the wards are only accessed by walking.

The VDC is made up of 9 Wards; all of which NCRR has serviced over a one month period with food, medicines and tarpaulins.

WARD 1: 133 Households

WARD 2: 77 Households

WARD 3: 85 Households

WARD 4: 85 Households

WARD 5: 64 Households

WARD 6: 143 Households

WARD 7: 70 Households

WARD 8: 115 Households

WARD 9: 87 Households

One household consists on average of 5 people, 7 animals, 1 main building, 1 animal shelter, 1 room for harvest storage and 1 toilet.

7 of these wards have primary schools and 1 ward also has a secondary school. All of which have been destroyed by the earthquake.

We have committed to go ahead with the primary schools and have obtained the first step paperwork from the education ministry along with a signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with our intention to rebuild seven schools. As part of the agreement with the Nepal Government we have to take over all of the schools in the area.

CHALLENGES AND HOW WE WILL OVERCOME THEM
There are too many to count! Building a school and raising funds to do this is usually a rather simple affair. However, in Nepal we are faced with many more challenges…

Government
The government of Nepal has imposed a 2-year ban on building schools until a proper land assessment has been made. Though this could be a problem, we think that public pressure will force the government to remove this ban. While the safety aspects are well founded, they cannot expect children to learn in tents for two years. Especially with the extreme weather conditions in that Nepal has. Wet monsoons, freezing winters and extremely hot summers! It’s yet another sign of the Nepal Governments lack of respect or understanding for the rural people of Nepal.

Local Village District Committee (VDC)
Working with the VDC (the local government) has been a challenge for us from the start. Here we need to make a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the local VDC defining:
A: NCRR’s intentions
B: VDC’s expectations
C: Ward expectations
Here we are striving to ensure that any of our donations ARE NOT subject to corruption, discriminations (inter-caste) and misuse.

Logistics
Getting aid to the villages will always be a challenge due to the geographic lay of the land and remoteness of the villages. Most equipment and materials need to be carried 1 to 4 hours as there. We need to source material locally and also employ local people as porters.

Natural Threats
There are threats of landslides in the area due to the landscape. The monsoon will tell us a lot and post monsoon, a proper assessment of the land-safety will be required. It is possible some of the existing school sights may need to be relocated.

BUILDING METHOD
To be decided.

PROJECT TIME FRAME
1st June to 1st September;

  • fundraising phase
  • government and education ministry liaisons
  • VDC and NCRR MoU to be made and signed
  • completion of all paperwork’s needed

1st September to 1st November;

  • leadwork
  • sourcing materials
  • assessing post monsoon damages and landslides
  • delivery of materials to the VDC
  • clearing of school areas for rebuilding
  • the formation of building teams
  • consultations with engineers

1st December

7 Week Building Phase

BUDGET (Provisional Estimated Budget) $104,350 USD
*Detailed Budget to be Provided by 1st August 2015

NCRR to provide 90% of the funding. Local people to provide 10% of the funding (this helps to create ownership of the project). 10% can be in the form of materials, labour and other help.

Transport $3,500 USD
Transport of materials and manpower
Estimated 10 trips @ $350 USD per trip which includes: jeep, heavy truck, motorbike and 4 tonnes of materials per trip

Labour $5,000 USD
Use of local labour (porters, carpenters, welders) $3,000 USD
Professional assessments, engineers and advisors on landslide and sanitation $2,000 USD

Materials $75,000 USD

  • rice sacks
  • wire
  • tools
  • wood and timber for doors and roofs (some is salvageable and will be re-used).
  • tin roofing (some of the existing sheets can be reused plus we have 200 x12 foot high quality roofing sheets being used for temporary shelters, we plan to re-use these)
  • cables and wiring
  • plaster
  • paint
  • glass for windows
  • stone for foundations

Rain Water Harvesting System $7,350 USD
Water tank $800 USD x 7 schools (= total of $5,600 USD)
Filtration system $250 USD x 7 schools (= total of $1,750 USD)
Quoted by Smart Pani

Solar panels

To include solar panels, invertor and batteries $1,000 USD per School = total of $7,000 USD
We are investigating a lead on this where we might be able to get free solar installations per school and just add additional panels.

Toilets

Dry toilets; $500 USD per School = total of $3,500 USD

LOCAL MANPOWER
When building the schools, we plan to use local manpower as labour for carting goods, manual work and skilled local people for carpentry, masonry etc.
We will sit with the VDC and set wages (we need to compromise as we are providing a service) and work out a roster per ward so that people are entitled to labour and income in a fair way.

POSSIBLE NEGATIVE IMPACT
There is a high probability aid handout can create substantially reliant communities who do not acquire the resolve to help themselves.

In response NCRR observes the following three arguments.

HEAVY RELIANCE

Nepal has a long history of international aid collaboration. This, hypothetically, can affirm an identify similar of; a sense of apathy among local people when considering who or where the offer of assistance may originate from, or create the expectation that it comes freely. Due to this, NCRR are determined to work responsibly in coordination with the villagers and to introduce sustainable living resources to assure long term self-sufficiency. NCRR will assist and support, however, any project we create will be coordinated with local involvement and encourage local ownership. The project completion time will be clearly communicated and there will be a formal handover to the local VDC and or Ward at such time.

ONGOING PERIODIC SUPPORT on a SLIDING SCALE

These villages have suffered huge losses of food stock, seed stock and livestock. It is not our intention to go into an area and provide short-term food and relief. However, NCRR are dedicated in offering long term periodic support on a sliding scale to the chosen area. Over time we expect these villages to increase their productivity with regard to food, shelter and other areas of recovery. At such time NCRR will slowly withdraw our physical presence and remain periodically observant.

REPEAT EVENT

As Nepal is a geographically unstable country, there is a high probability of a repeat natural disaster. NCRR are very mindful of this probability in any rebuild, ensuring that the rebuild phase is done following the best earthquake resilient building practices.

Back to School

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This week saw the completion of 25 temporary shelters for classrooms in Shirkha Besi. We managed to cover 7 schools in the VDC; giving them safe, functioning shelters to run the school until after the monsoon.

The project took a week and cost around $4,000 USD. All of the materials used will be re-used later when we build permanent schools.

The villagers were surprised at the amount of work that we have completed so far and are really happy for the help that they have received. Now there is some hope and excitement in the village.

Soon we will be sending blackboards, school books and pens so that classes can resume in some kind of order. But there are still many problems to overcome and hurdles to cross. Some teachers have left but we hope they will return soon.

This is the first step of our seven schools project which is currently in its fundraising stage.

 

WHY SCHOOLS?

NCRR have chosen to work on the rebuilding of village schools as part of our building phase. School buildings within Nepalese villages are an integral part of the social network, community and social structure of a village. Not only are schools a place for education (and a safe, supervised place for parents to leave their children), they can also double as community centres when not in use or in times of need. They are more important now than ever as they are a safe place for children to go to whilst parents clear and rebuild other damages caused by the earthquakes.

In the VDC there are approximately 600 houses destroyed. Although we would like to assist, it would be an immeasurable task for us to rebuild every house and with local politics heavily involved it is nigh impossible to begin such a large project.

In the long term the villagers will receive financial assistance from the Nepal Government to rebuild their homes (details of the funding and when it will be released are still unclear and it could take some time). The best thing we can do is secure local families in shelters, provide building advice and materials before the monsoon and then assist them in opening up channels to access the funds from the Government as well as maintain a stable food and medical aid supply until they can become self-sufficient again.

By choosing the rebuilding of schools as our core objective we:

a. can successfully implement our objective

b. can provide education and training for local people in the earthquake safe building technology. We will then use these methods for the building of the schools; which will result in the safe building of houses in the region. The equipment we use will be donated to the community for reuse.

To be successful in the above proposal we have created teams who are currently being educated with regard to safe building technique.

 

PROJECT OBJECTIVE

To rebuild six primary schools and one secondary school in the Shikhar Besi VDC.

NCRR’s objective is to re-build the school as earthquake resistant and sustainable (rainwater harvesting, solar power, biodegradable toilets). This will create better, safer and long-term learning environments for the students.

The assessment of current school condition

The hard work of bending the poles:

Ruined desks will need replacing:

The area is stunning – schools with a view


The shelters to be used as classrooms


NCRR Team

Village Status Update

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The NCRR field team is back from their longest stint in Sikhra Besi. Now we have managed to survey all wards there and deliver food to all households in need. The feeling is good as the moral of the VDC is much higher than before.

The highlight for us was being able to reach remote ward 3 and supply food up there, where it is much needed.

We have checked up also on the people we treated for medical problems and injuries, all are making good recoveries and on person that required amputation has been evacuated by Government Helicopter.

Our base camp has become a home to us and a sign of hope for the locals. We have forged strong bonds with the people here and will be going back very soon.

As we left this time INGO’s and scouts from the World Food Program where arriving in the area to asses long term food needs, which is great as the task is quite overwhelming. This now leaves us to focus on the next stage of our plan……”Project Rebuild”. We are taking the next few days off to research building options and methods that will be sustainable. Our plan is to rebuild 7 Schools in the VDC.

The schools are all primary with 30 – 50 kids each, so will be 2-3 classrooms. We think the best way forward is to provide Portal Shelters for the monsoon that is coming very fast and once the weather has cleared we can move on to building safe and sustainable schools.

ESTIMATED COSTS

Semi-permanent Shelter Cost (Around 20 needed) = US$2500 (includes transport, materials and labor)

Permanent Schools Budget – Per School US$10,000 for three class rooms.

We will be doing more extensive costings and research  on these projects when we return to the village at the end of this week we will assess all the schools and their needs, its not just a matter of going in and building a school, we have to heed the locals and their needs as well as we are looking to forge a long term partnership with them.

The local people are very grateful for the help they have received, none of this would of been possible without the huge help from everyone who has been donating money to us.

Thank you again for your support.

The start of the long walk home
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Waiting for food distrabution
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The steep land, nothing about this is easy
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Sometimes its hard to know where to start!
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Kids always have the capacity to smile
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The Cost of it All

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How do we rebuild? what will work? what its important? where do we start?

Last week was tough for the team, heat, exhaustion and torrential rain hindered our efficiency. Not only that but we are all struggling to come to terms with how to deal with the enormity of the task at hand…we are not earthquake rescue experts…mostly just people trying to help. We are all learning by doing, by networking and by sharing.

Providing the people with food and medical needs was the easy part. Now we must start the huge task of getting people shelter.

Here is the information we have collected so far from the Sikhra Besi Zone. We are working village by village and this time around have taken food coupons to help with food distribution. We plan to distribute food ration every 2 weeks to each household with VDC’s(Village Development Committees) on a rotation pattern as our transport load is 4 tonne.

A Standard Ration to feed a family of 5(Average) is:-
15kg Rice
2kg Dhal
2kg Soya Product
1kg Salt
1lt Oil

Initially, with our first distribution most households also got Tarps, rope, medical aid and Pius (Water Purification) where needed on top of food rations.

(The village has some items to supplement like Maize Flour, Potatoes, Ghundruk(Dried Spinach), Milk and Eggs which they are producing themselves).

Ward 5 (64 houses) & Ward 6 (143 houses) – near to base camp: Aid status – Medical Stable (Evacs provided on the 10th May but Bhutanese Helicopters) Food will be rationed today (11th May)
Ward 7 – (70 houses): Aid status – Supplied two weeks as of 01/05/15 . Medical Need Stable ( 2 people need evacuation but are refusing)
Ward 8 – (115 houses): Aid status – Supplied two weeks as of 08/05/15. Medical Need Stable
Ward 9 – (87 houses): Aid status – Supplied two weeks as of 04/05/15. Medical Need Stable
Ward 3 & 4 We will be assessing this week as they are very remote
Ward 2 & 1 Have good road access and are deemed Ok at the moment. CARNN organization has given food assistance here last week.

WHAT IS THE COST OF FOOD SUPPORT.
Just for food it costs us around USD$2000 per trip to the village, which includes 2 weeks supply of food, vehicle costs and local expenses.
We estimate we need to make 5 trips a month which is a total cost of US$15,000 just to supply food.

If you are wondering what your generous donations provide here is a break down of how little money it costs to supplement a family for two weeks.

30 kg of Rice – 1200NPR (US$12)
4 kg of Dhal – 85NPR per kg (US$3.40)
1kg of Salt -18NPR (US$.18)
1lt of Oil – 1150NPR per 10 liters (US$1.15)
2kg of Soy Product – 60NPR Per Kg (US$1.20)

Total Outlay per household: US$17.50. So even a donations of US$20 will feed a family for two weeks…

We estimate that we will need to support the village with food for the next 6 months. We are working on the hope that our supply will overtime decrease and their local production will increase eventually returning the village back to its self sufficient state.

REBUILDING COSTS.
Rebuilding is a huge task and to be frank, something we can never afford on this extent. So how are we helping? (Project Shelter commences from Today -11th May)
– Providing Materials and Manpower to create Semi Permanent Shelters sufficient for the coming monsoon and winter
– Helping to make the area safe and to Salvage what we can use
– Advising and Assisting with the Construction of toilets and sanitation.
– Helping the villagers to be aware of what monetary assistance the Government will give them and helping them to apply for such funds(Villagers are very uneducated and the Government is not being very forthcoming to rural areas…Money is there, we need to help the villagers to get it).

We also do plan to fund total rebuilding of the Schools in the area and extra things like proper toilets, Solar Energy and Environmental Sustainability making the village better and more efficient than before. To be able to do this we will need long term funding and the right connections and approvals from community groups, other aid organizations and of-course the Politicians of the area…Its a huge task…

The Entire NCRR Team would like to thank you all for your ongoing support and helping us to rebuild lives.

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Building Hope …. Can We Do It?

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Last night we returned back to Kathmandu after our second visit to the village of Sihkar Besi. After our initial assessment we were able to take a lot more supplies this time and help a lot more people. But the story is still grim.

We hope this gives you more of an understanding of the work the NCRR team is doing.

Our experience working with the Tamang People (The ethnic group in the region) has been an overwhelming one. Although they have been profoundly affected due to the earthquake they are such thoughtful and caring people. While the NCRR team got to work the Tamang people did all they could to make us feel at home with what little they had left.

The sheer spirit of these people is an inspiration to us to continue helping them as much as we can, although their loss is overwhelming. It is very hard to comprehend what we are seeing visually and we have only scratched the surface in regard to how much aid these people need now and well into the future.

To date NO Government aid or assistance of any kind has reached this area. When we left yesterday a Bulldozer was at work clearing the debris caused by numerous landslides off the road. We hope when we return we will be able to drive straight to our base camp allowing us to be more efficient as currently we have to walk for some time to reach it.

Cyclist Roan Tamang, who was born in the region, is helping us coordinate with village development committees so that we are able to target areas that need it the most first and foremost. Without coordination from local committees we would be inundated with desperate people trying to take supplies causing utter chaos, making it practically impossible to assist. Now we can effectively distribute supplies.

During this aid operation we surveyed 9 villages in two VDC (Village Development Committee) zones. Our findings indicate that at least 99% of the houses in the area have been destroyed.

UNDER FURTHER INVESTIGATION WE FOUND THE FOLLOWING ISSUES

Shelter – 99% of the houses have been destroyed and are unsafe to live in.

Food – 80% of food supplies have been lost which will create a need for food support in the area for at least 6 months. 30% of livestock was also lost.

Medical – A lot of people (including the elderly and young children) who were in or around buildings have flesh wounds, with high risk of infection. We need to get a medical person and the right antibiotics out there ASAP.

Access – Road damage and landslides make it hard for us to reach the problem areas.

Khet Damage – A lot of the Khet (small plots of land used for growing wheat, rice and potatoes) have been damaged, while okay at the moment they will become very unstable in the approaching monsoon season.

Man Power – With most families still having to work in the field to secure their food source, there is little man power left to clean and rebuild.

The Harvest – The Fields are full of wheat ready for immediate harvest. The village man power is now focused on this urgent need to secure the vital food source and get it safely in storage.

WHAT IS OUR NEXT MOVE

Now we have a better picture of what is needed. We are re-stocking our supplies. We have secured two villages currently and will hit the third village with supplies tomorrow.

– Set up a base camp at the road head where we can keep a regular incoming of supplies.

– Get a doctor and medical supplies to base camp.

– Establishing our Base Camp as a resource centre for surrounding villages in need of aid and medical care alike.

– This afternoon we will send forward a scout team to assess the area and coordinate with the local people to prepare a name list ready for distribution when we return.

– Consult with building specialists so that we may educate the NCRR team in building hygienic lavatories and general buildings correctly.

We are so grateful for your support.

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Riders Return From Sikhra Besi

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Again we wish to thank everyone for their kind donations. This is one of the many things NCRR are achieving as a result.

We have to date succeeded in getting supplies out to a heavily affected village that was not receiving any aid almost a week after the earthquake disaster.

The NCRR team have recently returned from their mission to Nuwakot, 100 kilometres to the north of Kathmandu. Their objective was to reach the village of Shikhar Besi, the birth home of one of Nepal’s top cyclists, Buddhi Bahadhur Tamang, or ‘Roan’ to his friends.

This village, although only 100km away, took the riders 11 hours to reach due to badly damaged roads and general chaos as a result of the earthquake. After assessing the immediate damage the NCRR team noted 50 houses (almost 90%) of the village was reduced to rubble and some 500 people had been displaced. Many including the elderly and very young were in desperate need of food, shelter and medical aid.

NCRR member, Santosh, identified some major problems upon reaching the area. The roads were impassable due to the initial earthquake and heavy rains to follow. The team was forced to carry approximately 800 kilograms of supplies just over 20 kilometres to reach the main village. With the assistance of some villagers, team work prevailed and the aid items reached the village successfully.

Within the village we assessed the water supply, it is currently okay but the villagers have to walk some distance to get to it. The farming plots are damaged quite severely and most of the food reserves have been spoiled. Seasonable food stuffs such as maze are the only things left in storage undamaged. Some families have lost their livestock also.

The village school was also brought to the ground and there is no nearby medical facility to Shikhar Besi. Those injured or in need of medical attention must walk approximately four hours to reach it. The village is totally isolated from support.

For now this village has been temporarily stabilized thanks to the NCRR team. However, this will be an ongoing project and we will need to continue funding this village, and many others like it, as the need for medical aid and reconstruction support continues for months, even years to come.

The young NCRR team have displayed great team work and empathy among this major disaster. We are very proud of them; we hope to keep supporting them, so that they can keep up this great work.

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Farmers Lose Everything

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There are so many sad stories pouring in.

Our main team comprising of Ajay, Santosh and the riders are currently on their way back from Nuwakot, so we will update you later this evening in regard.

Back in Kathmandu Valley today we rushed out to a nearby village that we use as part of our cycling routes. We heard a local family there was in desperate need of aid.

This particular family, among many others, is a farming family of four generations. Their house collapsed in the earthquake disaster last Saturday. They have not only suffered the loss of their home but with it their entire livelihood, along with food stockpiles that would typically see them through until the next harvest. They are now homeless as a result.

We were able to supply the family with food and much needed shelter. Our hearts break for them and the many others affected by the disaster that are yet to receive aid. We are doing all that we can to get to as many people as possible and thank you for your help.

We also wish to thank Arun Bhai and Rajan Dai for doing such a great job today.

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