What is “General Relief”?
The term “General Earthquake Relief” refers to further projects which the Conscious Connections Foundation partners with in order to pursue its goal of sustainable, direct, and respectful relief. Unlike the Besari Relief and Artisan Relief Projects, these various project do not fit into a single, unifying category. Some of the items below have been successfully accomplished, some are still heavily under construction, and others are only in the planning phase.
Where Does Your Money Go?
Money donated for General Relief will be pooled together and funneled towards the most immediate and pressing projects. Discretion of which projects have the most immediate need will be determined by CCF’s board of Directors and our partners in Nepal. This is the perfect place to donate if you have no particular preference on which project your money will go towards, but feel passionately about making a donation and making change a reality!
The village of Sertung in Dhading VDC was an additional project begun as part of a two week survey trek designed to evaluate where CCF might have the potential to intervene. As in the case of Thugman village, it was apparent that the earthquake had left many on the edge of exposure and in a dire predicament: the prospect of facing the himalayan winter at ~9,000ft with the typical shelter consisting of little more than a patchwork of tarps. In a season where temperatures drop well below zero and snowfall typically covers the landscape to a depth of several feet, the prospect of staying warm was a key issue to the entire community. Immediate Aid Completed 11/9/2015
When CCF representatives trekked through the village of Thugman in mid October it was apparent that the earthquake had left many on the edge of exposure and in a dire predicament: the prospect of facing the himalayan winter at ~8,200ft with the typical shelter consisting of little more than a patchwork of tarps. In a season where temperatures drop well below zero and snowfall typically covers the landscape to a depth of several feet, the prospect of staying warm was a key issue to the entire community. Completed 11/5/2015
In many disaster areas light can can be the most valuable resource after shelter, food, and water. Without a cheap, sustainable, and readily available source of light, sunrise and sunset often determine the parameters of the working day. In such circumstances, venturing out on one’s own in the night can be extremely dangerous, particularly for women and children. First Distribution of 500 Completed 9/26/2015 – Others Ongoing
Neel Shahi, a good friend of CCF, runs a non profit called TEAM Nepal (Together Everybody Achieves More) in the area of Sindupalchok. TEAM Nepal is a very well regarded organization that runs orphanages and is doing very effective aid to the very hard hit area of Sindupalchok. Completed
The needs of the villagers of Ramche came to the attention of CCF through our friend and CCF volunteer Harimaya Gurung. Harimaya was instrumental in the organization of and cultivation of the Besari Menstrual Pad Project, and has been a member of the CCF family since its beginning. With the information provided by Harimaya, CCF was able to establish direct contact with the village of Ramche and organize relief to the area. Completed 6/7/2015
Pulkharka Project – Dhading District
With the help of Pradeep, Ram, and the rest of their team, CCF provided roughly $700 worth of rice, lentils, sugar, oil and salt to Phulkarkha where 43 families have lost their homes. This will provide enough food for a family for 1 month. Along with the necessary food, CCF also acquired 50 tents (1 for each family) for 1200 Rs and distributed these as well.