Firstly happy New Year! We spent our Christmas break in Nepal allocating funding so let me explain how the trip went and how your very generous donations were used.
Armed with only hand luggage and 40kg of clothes and shoe donations we headed to Nepal, Emile aged 9, and myself on December 18th. We were joined in Kathmandu by my other half Phurba and his cousins son, Mingdupa.
Our little team of 4 quickly started making plans for our two week stay. On Dec 20th we took a small plane to Tumlingtar, followed by a jeep ride to Khandbari and finally Num. We were armed with medical supplies, clothes and shoes, and most importantly the money you had raised.
In total we spent 11 days trekking through the villages of the Makalu region, capturing the repair work post earthquake, distributing clothes and shoes, administering first aid where necessary and assessing need. We based ourselves in the small village of Neesha just above Mayum at 2000m, for 4 days.
Once in Neesha, we held a community meeting which essentially lasted 3 days!! It was important to talk with as many members of the community as possible, and also the neighbouring villages to determine how best to allocate the money. We chose this particular area, as Phurba’s niece sadly lost her baby after the earthquake.
In summary the funds were spent as follows:
2 x 1000m water pipes (located in 2 different villages)
3 x 1000l drums
6 x wood burning cookers (most households cook on an open fire in the house which causes constant respiratory problems, particularly amongst the most vulnerable such as the young and elderly).
Funding for very poor family (the father of the family was so grateful he gave me 3 boiled eggs as a gift)
Health care – 4 local people to receive primary healthcare training