Nepal was hit by two major earthquakes on April 25 and May 12, 2015 impacting heavily on Nepalese socio-economic, ecological and political sphere. Right after first earthquake continued aftershocks occurred throughout Nepal at the intervals of 15–20 minutes triggering more risk of landslides and road damages. Total death toll has been estimated more than 9000 and injured more than 23000. The earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest which killed several climbers and another huge avalanche in the Langtang valley killing more than 250 people. Hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless and entire villages flattened across many districts of the country. UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley, the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Patan Durbar Square, the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Changu Narayan Temple the Swayambhunath and the Boudhanath Stupas were destroyed. Thousands of people have been left with their homes and livelihoods destroyed.
Amidst the tragic situation national and international Governmental, Non-governmental agencies, (I)NGOs, and most significantly the people themselves acted promptly to tackle the situations. Rescue and relief operations were carried on joining hands by fellow humans from entire world establishing people to people partnership. Likewise, the Thelma and Lousie Nepal (T&L Nepal) comprising a team of young Nepalese social entrepreneurs was setup as the field operating partner for Thelma and Lousie Expeditions, Australia and France. The team members belonging to hard hit districts were themselves victims of earthquake. Their village homes and living places in Kathmandu were destroyed and were taking shelter in the temporarily built tarpaulin tents. Despite all the hardship the team setup to devote for taking reliefs in different villages. With the first financial aid provided by T&L Expeditions, funds received from locals and friends abroad, the T&L Nepal was able to reach out to Thakani Village Development Committee of Sindhupalchok district. T&L Nepal was the first agency to deliver relief in the village where people were surviving with little foods dug up from the debris.
The T&L Nepal have carried out major relief distributions of worth above US$ 15000 and made contributions of worth US$ 10000 for more than a dozen minor relief distributions carried on by local organizations i.e. mothers’ groups, youth clubs, relief teams. One of most significant contributions was building temporary class rooms for schools in Baseri of Sindhupalchok district, Tipling of Dhading district and Dolakha district etc.
• Financial Summary
T&L Nepal recognizes that the generous supporters who made financial contributions to T&L Nepal following the earthquake in Nepal did so for the clear purpose of assisting people in Nepal. In accepting funds for Nepal, T&L Nepal understands that both those who contributed and people in Nepal for whose benefit the contributions were made deserve to know, in detail, how T&L Nepal is using these funds.
Six months into the response, this report offers a summary of T&L Nepal’s activities to assist people in Nepal affected by the Earthquake and support ongoing recovery efforts.
• Nepal Earthquake Donations
Total contribution was AUS $23.874, 00 (Equivalent to Nepalese
• Who donated to the response?
1) Thelma & Louise Expedition, Australia AUS $ 20.700, 00
2) Locals and other friends abroad AUS $ 3.174, 00
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