On Saturday, April 25th, 2015 a magnitude of 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal. Almost 9,000 people were killed and over 220,000 men, women and children were in desperate need of shelter, food and medical attention. The Paldorje Education Foundation Earthquake Relief Fund was established immediately after the earthquake and in conjunction with Sherpa Adventure Gear raised over $225,000 from supporters from around the world. As the second anniversary of this tragic event is upon us, we look back in sorrow on the destruction and lives lost. But, as we look to the future, we are pleased to report that the entire fund has been allocated to support several amazing projects. The following report details the final distribution and allocation of the funds.
Warm Clothing & Blanket Distribution
In late 2016, our focus was to provide the warm clothing and blankets to those still displaced and exposed to the cold. We focused our distribution towards children, pregnant women and the elderly in the villages of Gorkha, Dhading, Sankhu, Gongabu, Nuwakot and Shiphal.
Supporting Educational Institutions
Education is a large part of our long term resiliency plan as the future of Nepal is in the hands of it's youth. We have provided financial assistance to preschools, high schools and education non-profits including Teach for Nepal and the Snow Yak Foundation. We have supported two local NGOs dedicated to rebuilding a school in Sindupalchowk (Community Members Interested and Seti Devi Adharbhoot Bidhyalaya). And we have initiated our own project, rebuilding the Dalchoki School, located just south of Kathmandu, which was severely damaged in the quake.
Rebuilding the Tourism Industry
Tourism is the largest source of foreign income in Nepal and is especially important for families in rural areas. Many trekking trails and important historic sites were damaged in the earthquake. We have pledged support to local communities in the Everest region and Langtang to encourage continued tourist traffic.
Housing & Medical Care
We’ve allocated funds towards local organizations and NGOs that are doing important work in the communities most damaged by the earthquake. These organizations provide long-term housing (like Durmus Suntali Foundation) and medical care (like Medication for Nepal) to the people who were impacted most.
While the road to recovery has been long, we are confident that through working with local organizations and NGOs on the ground in Nepal, the fund has greatly improved the lives of many. Donations that we've received have either directly impacted individuals in the form of food, clothing, medicine and shelter or have been put towards long term projects which will provide a stable and sustainable recovery to the regions most impacted by the earthquake. We will continue to send updates as we see some of these longer term projects completed. We thank you for your support.