Friends of Nepal, Namastι!
the news media it appears the earthquake probelms are over, but this is not
true. During the monsoon,
there were the mudslides, and now there is an oil boycott by India!
The minority group of the Madhresi live in the south of Nepal. These are Nepalese who are often married to Indian women.
This minority group does not agree with the constitution which finally was published on 20 September.
The Madhresi are afraid that they get too little power and influence through this constitution. Riots started and several policemen were killed.
India sympathizes with them and therefore closed the borders. For Nepal, this is a great tragedy and this is worse than the earthquake itself.
The earthquakes were very destructive but what India is now doing to its neighbor Nepal is indescribable.
Food is scarce and gasoline or diesel for transport costs 7 per liter on the black market.
Taxis are very expensive and there is hardly any rebuilding, especially in remote areas.
We hope the international community will exert pressure on India to cease the boycott and help Nepal to rebuilt the country.
days for a bottle of
The border of India with
It is still not clear whether Keraunja will be rebuilt. If so, it will certainly be smaller than the original village.
this moment, there is no decision about the reconstruction of the health post,
but when there is a demand for this, we will certainly progress this.
The cost will be between 11000 and 12000. The new building must be earthquake-resistant, and this comes at a higher costs.
We hope to come up soon with definite plans and will keep you informed.
people, mostly small farmers, who remained in Keraunja are still constructing
of temporary shelters.
The monsoon has caused a lot of mudslides. The situation is dramatic, see our previous newsletter.
DRC is also affected by the oil boycott, they now cook on wood.I just heard from Tendy Sherpa, that several participants of treks in NepaL
l made donations on the spot, directly to DRC. This was very useful because buying firewood is expensive.
used computers were installed and it's always a good feeling when old but still
good things can be reused. Furthermore,
it is going reasonably well with the project but we need more donations, because of the higher prices after the earthquake and above all by the oil boycott.
contribution to the costs for this year will be 11,000, approximately
2,000. more than last year.
or oil boycott, the children get lessons. Two computers got a good 2nd life in
Earthquake or oil boycott, the children get lessons. Two computers got a good 2nd life in DRC
Mudi secondary school
Destroyed by the earthquake, now unusable and they need our help.Since 1984, we made hikes with the then young Tendy Sherpa.
Our first trip was to Rolwaling and in Gairamudi, at the foot of the mountains in Rolwaling in the district Dolakha.
Here he acquired his porters and Sherpas guides. The population is mostly Tamang and all our staff was related.
of us know Ramji (guide), Yok Lal (cook), Tharka (guide), Harka (cook), and
many other good and loyal staff,
who also helped to realize the medical project in Keraunja. Their village Gaira Mudi has been destroyed by the earthquake.
Through donations, the staff of Tendy received about 600 euros per person each but the government gave only an additonal 150 euros!
government promised 2000 euros per destroyed house, but that may be delayed for
a long time.
Individual help is difficult to achieve, otherwise we would have to provide the whole village of new homes
still want to do something for the village and the government is considering to
restore the school of Gairamudi at the time of this writing.
There are no details yet. The recovery will cost at least 12000.
the next newsletter, we hope to have more news. Below some pictures of the
An additional problem is the border blockade by India, so everything has become more expensive, due to higher cost for transportation.
The house of Ramji Tamang (L) and the surrounding homes were destroyed or badly damaged.
The full school on the photo.
was badly damaged and equipment destroyed. Now children are taught in a kind of open cattle shelter. Restoration of the school is The school urgent.
Various sponsors organized activities like during birthdays, ascending montain summits and sportactivities.
A few examples.
Hageman was sponsored for a 4-day walk, this provided a nice amount of 2000.
The GBKN foundation doubled the amount,
so that during his "walking tour" 4000 was raised!
On the occasion of his 60th birthday, friends of Hector collected 1335.
climbs in Ecuador and Pyrenees:
Mr and Mrs Bijlsma once again made a great contribution. The climbs in Ecuador and the journey through the Pyrenees raised 2150.
We would like to thank all sponsors for their generous donations!
We wish you a happy and healthy 2016!
On behalf of the Sponsortrek Board,