HEALING HAKU is a project founded to support the inhabitants of Haku. Their lives collapsed in a massive earthquake of 25 April 2015 measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, followed by other devastating jolts that struck Nepal: 6.9 Mw on 26 April and 7.4 Mw on 12 May, as well as over 400 further aftershocks of a smaller magnitude, causing unprecedented human and material losses.
Those apocalyptic moments inflicted multiple wounds on the face of Nepal as thousands died and millions were left homeless.
The village of Haku was among those who suffered the most.

 

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Brown color is believed to be friendly yet serious, down-to-earth and is assosiated with security, protection, comfort and material wealth.

That is why we chose it to reflect those very values that guide us in this Project, became our philosophy and aim: to assist the villagers of Haku in regaining their security, comfort and material wealth, leading to social and economic revival of their village.

Our approach in supporting the earthquake victims in a dignifying way, that we have been faithful to so far, consists of providing them with fishing rod rather than the fish – the tools for self-help instead of ready-made solutions that over time make perfectly capable, skilled and proud people passive and dependent on aid. What they need are opportunities to restore the financial independence they once enjoyed.


Haku is a village perched on a hillside, a 4-hour walk from Dhunche, district of Rasuwa, in northern Nepal (the flag on the map of Nepal in our logo marks the location of the village). It is the most remote, and of most difficult access among all the localities in this district, which makes the challenge of reconstructing it even greater.


Haku’s inhabitants belong to the ethnic group of Tamang, a total of 718 families, over 3,200 people, who due to dry landslides caused by the tremor lost it all: their loved ones – 58 people died; their houses – 95% of the village’s private and public building were fully destroyed; properties, crops and farmland – the main source of income for the majority of the locals.

Most of the village area is no longer habitable and due to a very high risk of further landslides the people were relocated temporarily to the camps for displaced in three different districts, where they spent an extremely difficult year, waiting for any kind of goverment assistance. In vain.

Having lost their self-reliance, the villagers ramain in dire need of any kind of support and depended on external help.


Since no suitable place for permanent settlement for them has been appointed by the government, they started recently to migrate back to their homeland, leaving their tents to settle steadily in the areas nearby the original and devastated village, on the hills where they were born and brought up, in the most secure locations possible. After over a year of a refugee-like existence, their desire is to escape this transiency that will otherwise become permanent.


The support we have extended so far to the people of Haku has been divided into different phases. Each of them provided the kind of help required by the particular needs of each moment and responded to the changing in time priorities.

Every single initiative to be undertaken within Healing Haku Project is very thoroughly discussed by our team and consulted with Haku inhabitants, in order to respond to the their needs in the most wise and efficient way. We are in constant communication with the villagers of Haku, which helps us to understand better their challenging and complex situation, as well as requirements.


Simultaneously with carrying out the programs in all stages: rescue, relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction, we have been raising awareness in media and other forums regarding the post-tragedy situation of Haku and Nepal in general.