OzGREEN and Bellingen Chamber of Commerce are supporting re-construction after the Nepal earthquake, working in partnership with and South Asia Foundation (SAF). Funds ($3000) have been raised for a demonstration home reconstruction. We plan to provide ongoing support through training, volunteering and in-kind contributions and to seek additional resources to support sustainable development and youth leadership.
Progress in Nepal has been delayed due to considerable unrest following the release of the new constitution. Supplies of fuel have been blockaded at the Indian border, shutting down much of the reconstruction effort.
SAF recommend that they can re-construct a 19-25sqm house – using existing rocks and bricks from rubble for about $3500 AUD. This house would act as a model for the reconstruction of other buildings in the village.
In February 2016 an OzGREEN team, lead by Founder/CEO Sue Lennox, travelled to the village of Baruwa, in Sindhupalchowk Province. This village was devastated by the April earthquake (see below). OzGREEN also trained 26 new Youth Leading the World Facilitators in Kathmandu.
South Asia Foundation
South Asia Foundation are a key partner in the reconstruction project. SAF have an established track record of community development through the arts and women’s cooperatives. They became active in earthquake relief, providing assistance to communities involved in their program. SAF have been actively engaged in defusing the current crisis between India and Nepal.
SAF were recently announced as winners of the Mother Theresa Awards in November 2015, for their outstanding contribution to the Nepal Earthquake response.
There is an opportunity to support re-construction efforts so that the focus is on sustainable development and community resilience. This will require both people and funding. People to volunteer their time and skills (eg permaculture/ sustainable building); and funds / in-kind contributions of goods (eg solar energy systems).