A long list of our so-far initiatives is encouraging, a lot has been accomplished since the tragedy: we managed to provide the people of Haku with food, clothes, medicines, hygine items, blankets, tents, water filters, solar showers and lamps; set up temporary schools for children to continue their education, organize vocational trainings for adults, build the community hall and start the construction of a school.
We don’t tend to look back though, but forward, and we are determined to continue our efforts through carrying out future programs that will benefit Haku community, leading us ultimately to the reconstruction of the village to the full extent.
However, Healing Haku Project was design not only to address the needs of the people up to the stage of the village reconstruction, but beyond that, laying the path for a long-term social and economic development of Haku. You are very welcome to join us!
SETTING UP SAFE DRINKING WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM
Since the village was almost entirely destroyed and is no longer livable, the inhabitants of Haku had been relocated and have survived over a year in the camps for displaced people. But recently they started leaving their tents and settling down in the areas nearby the original village, in the most secure locations possible.
There is no water supply though, and a system that would bring water all the way up from the river flowing on the bottom of the valley is required.
A group of water-experts, friends of Healing Haku Project from Italy, is working on such system that is believed to be implemented later this year.
Upon the school reconstruction, Gosain Kunda Primary School, we are planning to carry out Students Sponsorship Program that will include:
- Providing the children with stationery
- Equipping the school building with all needed education materials (the estimated cost is EUR 5,000)
- Providing salaries for extra teachers – we plan to hire few private teachers with good professional qualifications in order to offer the students better level of education than the one found usually in government-run institutions. This would benefit all the students at once and not just few of them, as it would if we opted for a typical child sponsorship (when one Western family sponsors one child’s education). We believe that this program is more sustainable, avoids making difficult and always unfair choices regarding which child will receive such schollarship financed by few sponsors, therefore, in this form, the program offers bigger equality. The estimated cost of hiring a teacher is around EUR 1,800 per year
A possibility of participating in our Voluntary Program will be offered – we look for volunteers that would teach English and computer skills.
A computer lab is also planned to be set up.
HOSTEL FOR THE ORPHANS
The Haku Community Hall built in February 2016, now being used as temporary school until the proper one is completed, will become a shelter for 12 ophans from the village who lost their parents in the eartquake. Apart from the accommodation we would like to provide them full board nourishment. The estimated cost of food per child is EUR 950 per year/per child.
It is imperative to strengthen healthcare systems in Haku by improving access, the range and quality of essential services. We intend to empower medical personnel and equip them with necessary tools.
The health post will be run within the Community Hall premises, offering primary healthcare services to the villagers of Haku.
Medical care-related specialists (doctors, nurses), ready to share their time and skills, will be welcome to join our Medical Voluntary Program.
INCOME GENERATION PROGRAM
Providing livelihood opportunities is one of our top priorities. We conducted the required indepth study of the local market, its feasibility and demand.
We would like to carry on this program initiated with success in November 2015 and discontinued after the first phase due to lack of resources.
We plan to initiate savings and credit schemes to help the people of Haku reinforce their existing ways of livelihood and find a new ones through financing:
- Advanced Agro – introduce modern farming methods, conduct survey and soil testing in order to identify the most appropriate crops, create irrigation facilities
- Handicraft Products – finance the development of a brand and promote Haku handicraft products worldwide
- Sustainable Tourism – create travel packages and promote home-stay tourism by connecting Haku to the existing Tamang Heritage Trail
VILLAGE RECONSTRUCTION PROGRAM
The most challenging program of Healing Haku Project, both financially and logistically, consisting of rebuilding the houses, will require:
- Searching for suitable place for the relocation of all Haku families
- Finding the most suitable earthquake-resistant design that takes into account the costs, funds availability and access to the resources in the region in terms of skilled manpower and materials
- Assignation of experts in construction of earthquake-proof structures
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