CONSTRUCTION OF A HOME FOR EARTHQUAKE AFFECTED CHILDREN IN SOLUKHUMBU
The mega earthquake of 2015 that killed 9,000 people, destroyed 288,000 houses, and internally displaced 188,900 people, marked its third post-earthquake anniversary on April 24, 2018. Solukhumbu was hit hard, since it was one of the closest districts to the epicenter. Nepal’s Central Government, due to economic reasons, did not declare Solukhumbu as an emergency district. Because of that, recovery has been slow and is still ongoing, although today a high coordination between local government and development organisations has developed.
Since the Nepal Earthquake, we have been very busy providing much needed relief efforts, including rebuilding schools, family houses, and access to clean drinking water. During the course of our work, we have seen deeper challenges post-earthquake that especially concern the children who have suffered the loss of their families and homes. These children are at serious risk of child abuse, trafficking, and childhood marriages. It has been three years, but still many children have not been able to return to any form of schooling.
In this regard, local government & Authority of reconstruction of central government department has extended the call of support to nonprofit organisations working in the district.
OUR NEW PROJECT IN SOLUKHUMBU DISTRICT
We have initiated another project to support more of these at risk children. Our plan is to provide a safe place for them to live that would be very similar to our project in Kathmandu, but with a larger capacity for the benefit of about 100 boys and girls. They will have a safe place, nurturing care with love, and an education opportunity. It has always been experienced that slow recovery post disaster has high risk factors to children, making them more vulnerable than ever.
These are defenceless children at risk of permanent dropout from mainstream education, ultimately making them more susceptible to the risks of trafficking, forced child labor, early marriage, and abuse. There are hundreds of children still awaiting much needed support. With local government calling out local NGOs to help support these children, TSW takes accountability for these children who, if not taken into refuge, are in direct threat of exploitation and abuse.
Proposed Action Building plan:
– 20 dormitory rooms for children accommodation to benefit up to 100 children
– 5 Rooms for teachers quarters
– 3 Rooms for staff
– Kitchen & Dining rooms
– 2 rooms for office and meeting with guest
– Toilets and shower separately for girls and boys and teachers
– 24 hours running drinking water installation
– Library and computer lap room
– For sport, volleyball play ground, football playground, badminton, table tennis etc.
– Auditorium capacity up to 150 children for combined activities as well as large events on a regular basis. For sustainability, we have enough land to grow our own vegetables & foods as part of teaching agricultural skills to the students, inviting individual child education sponsorship program and exploring other income generation activities.
We need your generous support!
The Small World is requesting to all our generous donors, supporters, and volunteers to help to support our first special project protecting child and delivering lasting impact to hundreds of children from this unique program.
The Small World has managed over 5000 square meters of land from internal resources within the location of Solukhumbu district head quarters where schools and colleges are located for children’s education. We want to extend tons of thanks to our long term supporter – Ruth Lightfoot-Dunn, for her generous donation $25,000. We are planning to run the fund raising campaign matching 100% by our generous donor Ruth Lightfoot-Dunn up to $25,000 to meet our goal to raise $50,000!
Our Fundraising Target is 50,000 USD