On a timeline below you will find detailed information on our so-far achievements, initiatives and programs carried out within Healing Haku Project since April 2015.
FIRST PHASE – RESCUE
The first phase and initiative within Healing Haku Project consisted of search & rescue works conducted on 27th April 2015.
A team comprising of well-experienced high altitude rescuer, first aid responders and volunteers lead by Dinesh Tamang rushed immediately from Kathmandu to Haku, being amongst the first ones to reach these affected areas of Rasuwa.
The team was able to rescue one child and one seriously injured adult; dispose 23 dead bodies to avoid contamination and epidemic outbreak; evacuate people from rubbles; help to clear debris; set up safety zones and help to build temporary shelters with whatever resources available at sites, as well as to make assessment of immediate relief materials required.
SECOND PHASE – RELIEF
Distribution of Relief Materials (29th April 2015)
After the successful rescue and evacuation efforts, the team assessed the prime requirements to be food, shelter and clothing and upon returning to Kathmandu immediately reacted to address those needs. The fund to purchase relief materials was set and the appeal for donations resulted in collecting an initial sum of one million rupees.
77 tarpaulins, 172 mattresses, 77 meters of rope, 415 kg of beaten rice, 2,310 kg of rice, 830 packages of noodles, 1,245 packages of biscuits, 1,127 pieces of cloths (shirts, pants, jackets etc), 118 pairs of shoes and 23 pieces of warm blankets were purchased. The food lasted from 25 to 40 days, depanding on the family size.
Distribution of Relief Materials (9th May 2015)
Till that date, the government had failed to provide people of Haku with sustainable solutions – many continued to live in picnic tents with limited food and sanitation. The situation was dire.
During rainy season the vulnerability of the residents of hilly and mountain regions increases dramatically. In the face of approaching monsoon the threats of further landslides loomed in the area of Haku. The possibilities of roads and trails being washed away are high and it occurs every year which resuls in total isolation of many villages across the country. But that year it affected the people even more, making help delivery impossible during those months.
To avoid the tragic scenario in which the people who recently lost it all will be left with no assistance for 4-month long monsoon season, we mobilized our networks to be able to offer meaningful contribution on time, before the rain comes.
We managed to gather funds from our relatives, friends and supporters who had been responding generously to our call for help since the ill-fated day of April 25.
As a result we distributed the following relief materials: 15,550 kg of rice, 523 kg of dry vegetables, 523 kg of iodine salt, 448 litres of cooking oil, 80 sets for filtering water (plastic buckets with water filters).
465 families benefited from this relief program and the food supplies lasted from 75 to 105 days, depending on the family size.
Distribution of solar lamps (4th June 2015)
Caritas Germany, an organization which we approached with various proposals for support, donated solar lamps (a lamp with additional function of mobile phones charging) for the people of Haku.
On June 4th we distributed solar sets to 465 families, which made their living conditions in tents in the camps slightly better.
Distribution of Education Materials (19th and 20th July 2015)
Since all primary and lower secondary school of Haku village were fully destroyed, there was an urgent need for emergency education program. Therefore, our further assistance within Healing Haku Project consisted of setting up temporary schools for Haku children to enable them to continue their interrupted education.
Thanks to the fund granted us by Caritas Germany through a local Nepali NGO Nepal Help, we were able to set up schools in 14 big tents, equip those improvised “classes” with teaching materials (white boards, markers etc) and provide each student individually with education materials.
A total of 577 students of Haku benefited from this program. We distributed materials such as: stationery – notebooks, pencils, pencil cutters, dusters; school uniforms; school bags.
Distribution of solar showers (10th October 2015)
Being aware of the fact that the reconstruction of the whole village will not happen soon as it is a matter of years, we focused on providing the inhabitants of Haku the best living conditions possible in the camps for the displaced people, where they have been staying since the tragedy.
We imgained such camp as a place equiped with minimum facilities: shelter, food and sanitation, and we have been trying to make the reality follow this vision. The people of Haku were living in tents or other kinds of temporary structures, we have provided them with food and other materials – hygiene items, clothes, medicines etc.; to illuminate their shelters and enable them to charge their phones to stay in touch with their relatives and friends we distributed solar lamps.
Now, thanks to our friends and supporters from Club Integral de Muntanya, CIM, from Valencia, Spain, we were also able to provide 15 solar showers for common use, that were distributed on 10 October 2015 in the camps of Naubise, Kirtipur and Dhunche.
Medical Camp (13th – 18th October 2015)
In partnership with Focus Himalaya Travel (a travel company from Italy, friends and supporters of our project) we organized a Medical Camp in Haku. A team of 2 doctors, 2 water experts, one geologist and a photographer came to Nepal to volunteer and contribute with their skills.
Over 150 people from Haku benefited from this program, receiving free medicines and treatment.
This collaboration is meant to continue in the near future: health post will be built as well as water system that will supply drinking water for the whole village.
THIRD PHASE – REHABILITATION
Income Generation Project
Lack of income generating activities and opportunities to make their livelihood are the greatest challenges for the people of Haku, the majority being farmers. Before the calamity took their main source of income, the farmland, they had been self-reliant and hard-working, while ever since the tragedy they depend entirely on external help and spend their days in the camps, jobless, desperate and depressed. This situation affected not only their economic condition but also their dignity and morale.
It became urgent to provide them with vocational trainings to help them gain new skills or foster the ones they already had, others than farming, to steadily stand again on their own feet and enjoy financial independence.
71 women and 30 men from Haku participated in this successful and crucial for capacity building program, receiving training on weaving, knitting and weaving bamboo-made products, which was held on 19-26 November and 29-6 December 2015.
Apart from the trainings on activities that would start generating income soon, the participants were provided also with tools and raw materials to manufacture different products of daily use that are easy to market and make profit of.
Distribution of Warm Blankets (5 th December 2015)
In association with Dr. Adjo Zorn – a private donor, Project Manager at Top Mountain Tours and our partner from Germany, we purchased 94 warm blankets for the people of Haku to make the cold wintertime more bearable for them.
The distribition of blankets took place in Dhunche on 5 December, 2015.
FOURTH PHASE – RECONSTRUCTION
Construction of Community Hall (21st February 2016)
Our collaboration with Focus Himalaya Travel within Healing Haku Project, initiated with Medical Camp in October 2015, has reached another level with the construction of this Community Hall.
Although this is yet another initiative undertaken since we started this Project in April 2015, on certain level it is the first one – it marks the begining of the recontruction process of the damaged physical intrastructue of Haku.
The Community Hall was built thanks to financial support of Focus for Nepal as a multi-purpose building.
Until the proper school is reconstructed, Community Hall will be used as primary school, as well as for any group activities conducted in the village, such as trainings, meetings, orientation classes.
Ultimately it will host the village health post where basic health check-ups will be offered, and a hostel for village orphans who lost their parents in the earthquake.
The construction works lasted only 45 days as highly-motivated villagers volunteered in the project, creating this earthquake-resistant structure for the benefit of the whole community.
Distribution of Seeds and Fertilizers (12th May 2016)
Thanks to the funds raised by the members of Club Integral de Muntanya, CIM, from Valencia, Spain, we were able to purchase and provide seeds and fertilizers to the farmers of Haku.
15.600 kg of seeds (millet, corn and lentils) worth 180,000 rupees and three types of fertilizers (DAP, potash and urea) worth 418,000 rupees were distributed on 12 May 2016.
This donation is highly significant as this program constitutes a milestone towards restoring food security of the people who lost it due to the calamity of April 2015 and have remained dependent on external help ever since.
The program benefited a total of 537 families from Haku.
Harvest (October 2016)
In October, after the monsoon, the harvest took place in Haku – in the part of the village which is still liviable. The seeds of millet, corn and lentils, donated by the members of Club Integral de Muntanya, CIM, from Valencia, Spain, had been planted in May.
The farmers estimated the harvest as successful and they are satisfied with the amount of crops collected, that will last for six months feeding their families.
Almost 500 families benefitted from this program.
HOW WE GATHER THE FUNDS?
After disclosing the information on WHAT we have done so far, it is time to say a word about HOW we have done it, i.e. our ways of raising resources that finance the projects.
At times it is us who approach organizations for funds, or non-monetary help like different kinds of materials, with a proposal regarding a specific program.
Other times we are being approached – by individuals or companies.
Some people come to us directly, during or after fundraising events and conferences, to offer their collaboration. Or extend their moral support, which is no less important for us.
One-time contribution may sometimes turn into a long-term collaboration, as people like what and how we are doing and want to get involved in a more committed way, so an incident becomes then a process and a fruitful partnership. We are lucky to count with a few such cases.
They become an independent cell in what is coming up as a network of supporters of Healing Haku Project, and develop their own fundraising activities, always in close coordination with us, and spreading the news about our iniciatives, involving thus more and more people.
The profile of this project is therefore inclusive and open to anyone equipped with will to support the erathquake victims of Haku.
Hare may be found some of the fundraising events comprising of conferences, photo exhibitions, auctions etc. that took place in different cities in Poland, as well as in Spain.
Ladek Zdroj, Poland, September 2015
During a 4-day long International Mountain Film Festival a panel dedicated to Nepal took place, with conference and auction to raise funds for Healing Haku Project.
Valencia, Spain, September 2015
A conference with presentation took place, organizad by the members of Club Integral de Muntanya, CIM. As a result of this event a special fund for Haku was established by CIM.
Museum of Asia and Pacific, Warsaw, Poland, February 2016
A conference with presentation titled “The New Faces of Nepal” took place.
“Warsaw for Nepal”, May 2016
This fundraising event with conference, auction and music concert took place in Polish capital city. Healing Haku Project was invited to be a part of it and raise funds for its programs.
Photo exhibition in Valencia, Spain
Organized by Club Integral de Muntanya, CIM, in Institut Municipal de Burjassot, in Valencia, Spain, this exhibition of 27 photographs of Nepal and Nepalese people was yet another initiative undertaken by the generous members of CIM in order to support the villagers of Haku. Under the theme “Nepal needs us” the exhibition was a way of rasing funds as well as spreading the information on: so far achievements of the project and further needs of Haku people that Healing Haku Project has been working tireless to cover.
The exhibition lasted from May 5 until May 27, 2016.
Solidary flea market in Valencia, Spain, September 2016
Organized by Club Integral de Muntanya, CIM, the flea market was a side-event within national wall climbing competition. Plenty of generous people donated secondhand mountain gear and all types of outdoor activities’ stuff, as well as books, that the visitors were able to purchase at a very attractive price. The members of CIM prepared, publicized and coordinated the event, and finally attended the stands selling the material and spreading information about Haku and the needs of its inhabitants. The money raised from the sales were donated entirely to Healing Haku Project.
Fundraising events in Poland, October 2016
In October a series of ten fundraising events took place in the north of Poland, organized by a dedicated friend and supporter of Healing Haku Project, Mr Michał Kochańczyk from Gdańsk, Poland.
The aim of the events, as well as media appearances, was to gather funds for the villagers of Haku and to remind the world about Nepal and its problems a year and a half after the earthquake.
During the events we presented the so-far achievements of this project, our current undertakings, as well as future initiatives, updated the information on the situation of Nepal and shared the photos in a special presentation.
The audience, that attended each event en masse, responded in a heart-warming and very generous way, showing interest and concern for the people of Haku, offering help in a variety of forms. Those were very intensive and very fruitful days. As a result of those events, new supporters joint Healing Haku to collaborate from now on with the project.
We are very grateful to all the institutions that hosted the meetings and the people involved, who made those events possible!
Local TV about Healing Haku Project, watch here.
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