CBA has too been a long standing partner of Ganesh Himal Trading (GHT) and employs many individuals from a vast array of disadvantaged groups spread throughout the Kathmandu Valley. Many of the felting artisans working at CBA come from villages in, or near, the region of Harmi. Harmi lies nearly 53 miles northwest of the capital city of Kathmandu and 31.4 miles southwest of the epicenter of the April 25th earthquake, Barpak. As such, the region of Harmi was one of the most drastically affected regions, with nearly every village in and around it having been almost entirely leveled.
During the years that GHT and CBA have worked together, these two organizations have cultivated a worker development fund for the felt producers (CBA), this fund is based on a specified policy wherein GHT gives 7rs/item made, money raised is then put into a fund for their retirement. When the need for immediate aid was made clear, GHT authorized CBA to use those funds for emergency relief for the felt producers who suffered in the earthquake and for an emergency team to take relief supplies to Harmi. Such relief took the form of a small, organized, and dedicated team of young people taking such supplies as tin roofing, mosquito netting, and food up to these villages. Small shelters for people to sleep in and to prepare for the upcoming monsoons began to be built immediately upon their arrival, and the other supplies were likewise distributed throughout the community.
What is the Result?
So far, $3800 have been extracted from the communal retirement account to fund these relief efforts. Relative to the amount of relief sustained, this amount is inconsequential, yet to those who provided it, it is a potentially life altering amount. It is out of this recognition that GHT pledged to replace the retirement funds used for these projects. With this assistance, not only will villagers be provided for, but the artisans will be able to have sufficient economic freedom to retire in relative comfort and/or provide for any unforeseen and potentially disastrous crises’, lending an aspect of stability to their lives that many in the West take for granted.
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