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Earthquake Relief Project and Our New Plan

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My name is Jharana Rai and I am in-charge of Earthquake Relief Project launched by YouMe Nepal. I am based in our country office in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The effect of devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in April-May 2015, causing damage to over half a million buildings and taking away the lives of about 9000 people was a heart wrenching moment for Nepalese people.  Witnessing the destruction has almost left indelible scars to the people as most of them had to bear separation from their families forever.

This was a kind of breakthrough for a country like Nepal that had almost never felt the predicament of the earthquake consequences. This was when the country saw the power of unity where everyone from inside and outside the country came together for the support.

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Similarly, the deadly quake affected every sector of the country including the educational sector. Several thousand schools had a hard time resuming classes owing to the damage inflicted and the fear of repeated aftershocks back then. The educational institutions were nearly closed for two months; students were bound to stay back home because of the constant fear of aftershocks and the severe damages caused to the buildings by earthquake. After the quake, the main priorities of people were education and the shelter.

Thus, YouMe Nepal started out with the conclusion of making Temporary Learning Centre (TLC) as a short term relief project for the earthquake stricken schools. Initially, we set off with implementing the project in Lamjung district’s remote village in Pahcok, VDC; that lies in Gandaki zone of North-Western Nepal. This village was one of the severely affected area in Lamjung district where not many helping hands dared to go. Pachok Secondary School with 350 students, serving the 2 wards of the village was not in the condition to operating classes. Though the school had received some tarpaulins from some INGOs,  it was still not in a condition to run normal classes. What further aggravated the case was the start up of rainy season in Nepal.

Our primary objective was to provide the earthquake affected children a safe and protected learning environment where they can study until the government reinstates the school.

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(The condition of classroom was not functional at all)

Despite numerous hurdles and hardships we were successful in making 2 TLC’s for Pachok Secondary School, for what inspired us most amidst the complicated circumstances was we could at least provide them the roof where they could continue their studies safely.

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In the second phase, we were again approached by the Principal of Ilam Devi Primary School of the same VDC that had 37 students studying previously.  It was the same village but the wards were different. So, starting out the work in even a farther distance was another adrenaline experience for us. However, with the ongoing strikes, the worsening condition of roads, challenging weather and a limited manpower, we still managed to do everything smoothly and successfully.

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(The School’s previous temporary shelter)

 

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(The wall of the School was entirely collapsed)

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Though it was for temporary usage, we didn’t want to compromise on the safety and quality. To this cause, we opted for metal truss for long lasting result. It was a life changing experience for us, we went through a process where we had to build a school that is functional and safe at the same time.

Completing the construction of two TLC’s simultaneously in spite of various difficulties and complications we faced during the process, we realized that the situation we went through was nothing as compared to seeing bright smiles on the faces of innocent children. This was merely the least we could do for them to give a shelter to study continuously without any problem of sun or rain. As concerned with the student’s sanitation, we even provided two toilet pans and one water tank that could be used after their new toilet construction for both the schools.

At the moment, we are working on our big dream project where 5 to 6 children will be benefited from our Sponsorship Program. We have made some flexibility on the choice in terms of selection of these students, considering the current situation of the country. Some of the children we are choosing are real earthquake victims and others are indeed a family who are in dire need of financial support to help their children continue their studies. We are still in ongoing procedures of meeting the parents, children and finalizing the schools according to the requirement of both children and parents. Soon, we will be releasing the list of our sponsored children. The aim of this project is not only to support them financially but to conduct a process where we can perpetually monitor on their education and figure out the way to motivate them on making their future brighter.

The aftermath of great earthquake was a phase where we saw the downfall of so many infrastructures. However, it was also the time where we saw and experienced the power of unification. Therefore, the whole journey from making TLC’s to sponsoring the children has made us little wiser. Our journey till date has been full of priceless emotions and encounters. Learning from the mistakes, we are committed to move forward only to bring a little change to people’s life and their thinking. To our understanding, this is the asset we want to gain and own in our every work and effort.

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Construction of two temporary school buildings in Lamjung, an earthquake affected area

ラムジュン郡パチョック小中学校での仮設教室の建設が終わって約2ヶ月。
(詳細はこちらです)。

この時のプロジェクトの際に協働で活躍されたパチョック小中学校の運営担当のトゥルシさん(Mr. Tulsi Ram Gurung )から後日連絡がありました。

「パチョック地区に、他にも震災後どこからも支援を受けることが出来ておらず学校が再開されていない小学校があります。」

その後、その小学校の校長先生がYouMe Nepalの現地ネパールチームのオフィスに訪れ、村や学校の状態を伝えにきました。

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調査の結果、イランデヴィ小学校に仮設教室が必要であることを確かめた現地YouMe Nepalチームは、子どもたちに仮設教室をプレゼントすることを決めました。

今回のプロジェクトの概要は以下の通りです。

日時10/3(土) ~ 10/7(水)
場所ラムジュン郡パチョック第9地区 Simrung村イランディヴィ小学校
(Simrung村は家の数が27しかない、大変小さな農村です。
その村にあるイランディヴィ小学校は35人の児童が通っています)
背景被災により校舎が崩壊してしまいました。
また、非常に僻地の村にある学校のため、今までどの組織(政府、NPO、NGO)も
支援ができていませんでした。
方法学校の近くは車が安全に通れる道がないので、近くのJorni村までトタン、
パイプ、水タンク等をトラックで運びます。
Joni村からSimrung村までは、人力で材料を運びます。
金額トータル15万ルピー(約18万円)
- 材料費: 88500ルピー
- トラックでの輸送費: 22500ルピー
- 工事用機械使用料: 20500ルピー
- 宿泊/食事/移動/電話費用: 17000ルピー
- 人件費/横断幕費用: 1600ルピー
担当 YouMe Nepal現地スタッフ(責任者: Jharana Rai)
また、協力下さった様々な応援メンバー、アドバイザー、村人etc...
特にRajesh Adhikariさん, Tulsi Ram Gurungさん,
イランディヴィ校長 Yamchandra Shrestha先生
課題・当該地域は人里離れた山村であり、アクセスが非常に困難である。
 トラックを使うことのできる道は道の途中までしかなく、建設のための物資を運ぶには最後は人力しかない

・地域の村人との協力・連携が必須だが、YouMe Nepal現地スタッフは女性が主であるため、信用や団結に時間と労力を要する(建設などの力仕事の統率は男性が常識)

・道路、水道、電気、ガスなどのインフラの整備が当該地域はほとんど皆無であり、天候などの影響も大きく、予測困難なトラブルが起きる可能性は非常に大きく、計画通りに進まなかったり、何らかの理由で完了できないリスクもある

・そして、政治的な理由による、ネパール国内におけるガソリン不足により、近くのJorni村まで物資をトラックで運ぶことに様々な困難がつきまとう。

10/3(土)

作業工程の議論と調整・準備を終え、Kathmanduを出発したネパール現地スタッフは、Siudibarでトタン・支柱・水タンク・セメント・トイレなどを購入し、トラックに運びました。
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ネパールは土曜日が休日のため、この日は行政への書類申請は不可能。

10/4(日)
行政への申請と承認を得て、パチョック地区のShimung村イランデヴィ小学校へ向かいました。
しかし、深刻なガソリン不足が影響し、どのように輸送するかで調整が難航し、1日が終わります。

10/5(月)
舗装されていないでこぼこの山道を5時間かけて車で移動し、Shimung村の近くのJorni村まで辿り着きました。

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(道中の写真です)

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このJorni村は15の家しかない、小さな村です。しかしここで物資をトラックから降ろさなくてはなりません。ここから先、イランデヴィ小学校までの道は、トラックが行くことの出来ない道なのです。

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(仮設教室の屋根になる、トタンを降ろしています。)

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さぁ、ここからは物資を歩いて運ぶしかありません。Shimnug村まで大変の道のりはと言うと…

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たしかにトラックは通れる道ではありません。

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綺麗な滝に少しリフレッシュしながら、歩くこと1時間半。

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Shimrnung村の子どもたちが待ちきれずやってきたようです!あともう少しです。

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ようやく、Shimrung村が見えました。
わずか27の家のある村。
さあ、いよいよ明日は教室の建設!

10/6(火)

支柱を組み立て、トタンで屋根をつくります。

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そして、ついに

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完成しました!

小さな村に、ほんの少しですが、元気を分けることができました。

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YouMe Nepalのスタッフも誇らしげです。
村の人々も、女性が全ての指揮を取って計画を進め完了できたことに、大変驚きと希望を感じたそうです。

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村の女性達も、今回の出来事をお祝いしてくださいました。

YouMe Nepalは、小さなチームですが、この小ささを活かして必要な場所に必要な支援を行いたいと願っています。震災後から掲げていた「YouMe Nepalだからこそ可能な、YouMe Nepalらしい支援」を、また一つ達成できたことに、スタッフ一同大きな喜びを感じています。

今回の責任者である、スタッフのJharanaの言葉を紹介します:
“… So, at the end we not only succeeded making TLC to those needy children but we kind of influence the people that girls actually can work as in the villages we have a mentality of thinking that girls can’t and don’t do works like the mens do.”
(今回私たちが実現したことは、必要としている場所、子どもたちに仮設教室を届けたことだけではありません。「女性は無理、男しかできない」と無意識に思っていたことが、女の子でも実現できるということを人々に示し、一種の意識の変革を促せたことも、大きな充実感のひとつなんです)

The TLC project in Lamjung has been completed

Temporary Learning Center (TLC) with 5 classrooms (as part of our NPO`s Earthquake Relief Project) at Pachok Secondary School in Lamjung district in Western Nepal has been completed. We are excited to see smiles in the faces of about 350 students (directly) and the surrounding communities. We would like to thank Rajesh Adhikari, our advisor in Nepal for helping us implement the project.

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We have started construction of Temporary Learning Center

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ネパールのラムジュン郡にあるパーチョク中学校の5教室予定の仮設校舎の建設を7/27から開始致しました。現地の業社と村の人々に協力して頂いています。
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We have started construction of Temporary Learning Center at Pachok Secondary School, Lamjung District from yesterday. Our sincere thanks to local community and Rajesh dai for their kind support.

(Facebook is here)
https://www.facebook.com/YoumeNepalTrust/posts/728393840640003

Temporary School Building Project in Lamjung, Nepal

Initially, we had planned to educate and nurture five kids from earthquake disaster areas.
However, since the government banned kids’ movement outside their districts, we have
keep our initial plan pending until the government loosens the ban.

As our short term relief project, we are going to build a new temporary school building.
After the initial research that was conducted last week, we have decided to go ahead
with this project.
Project Name: Temporary School Building Project
Project Manager: Jharna RAI
School Name: Pachok Secondary School
Classrooms we plan to build: Five
Current Number of students: 350
Place: Lamjung District (about 200 km west of Kathmandu)
Project start date: 24th July
Why Lamjung?
We chose Lamjung because it is comparatively far and remote, which is why the village
has merely received any relief aid.

Its remoteness definitely poses a big challenge in carrying out the project, however,
with the kind and warm support of the villagers, we will make this project a success.

Thank you Rajesh dai (YouMe Nepal’s Advisor), for your kind support.

https://www.facebook.com/YoumeNepalTrust/posts/725167584295962

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YouMe House Project

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First of all, we would sincerely like to thank EVERYONE of you who kindly donated for our Humanity First Project.

As we had promised in the outline of our project that the collected donation would be utilized in education sector, we would like to inform you briefly about the preliminary phase of our project below.

The title of our project is YouMe House Project.
1. We will prepare a temporary (if financially feasible, a permanent) shelter in Kathmandu, which we call YouMe House.
2. We will select five students (Grade 8-10, 13-15 years old) from the areas devastated by the earthquake.
3. In addition to allowing them to stay and grow in YouMe House, we will provide these students the opportunity to study in some of the best schools in Nepal. In other words, we will support their entire living and education costs until they graduate from high school in flying colors.
4. YouMe House is more than just a house. The environment and the culture we will create in the house will be such that these five students will naturally be willing to “Pay back to their devastated society” when they grow.

In other words, YouMe House will be a place to nurture young and passionate future leaders who will one day, be ready to change their society.

(Facebookはこちら)
https://www.facebook.com/YoumeNepalTrust/posts/706496589496395

Humanity First Project

Dear friends and well-wishers, as you may be aware; the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25 has taken about 9,000 lives and injured several thousand people. Hundreds of thousands of Nepalese are sleeping out in tents or in the open. While we can just show our sympathies to the departed souls, we can however, provide support of basic necessities like food and water to the living ones, no matter to what extent. Time is running away and we cannot just watch and see it. Realizing this, YouMe Nepal Trust has launched its “Humanity first Project”. Our purpose is to share the right information, aware the people, and collect fund so as to act fast in the field coordinating with our staffs and other partners in Kathmandu, without any delay. We are in desperate need of your support and cooperation. Together we can make a small but much needed difference. Let us start rebuilding Nepal from wherever we are and whatever we can.

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आदरणीय दाजुभाई तथा दिदीबहिनीहरु,अप्रिल २५ मा गएको सक्तिसाली भुइचालो बाट नेपालमा संकट मच्चेको कुरा यहाहरुलाई अबगत नै छ | मर्नेहरु र घाइते हुनेहरुको संख्या हजारौ नाघिसकेको छ भने बाची राखेकाहरु दैनिक उपभोग्य सामान नपाएर-भोक भोकै बस्नु परेको अवस्था छ | यस अवस्था मा हामीहरु मानव, त्यसमाथी पनि नेपाली भएको नाताले कुनै पनि हालतमा हेरेर बस्न सकिन्न र हुदैन पनि | यसकारण विपद र दु:ख को यो घडी मा “युमे नेपाल ट्रस्ट” मृत आत्माहरुको चीर शान्तीको कामना गर्दै संकट ग्रस्त क्षेत्रमा सानै भए पनि सहयोग गर्ने अभिलासा गर्दछ | यो अभिलाषा पूरा गर्नका निम्ति तपाईहरुको सर-सहयोग को अपेक्षा गर्दछौ |