May 26, 2015
Thanks to generous donations and tireless service of many, the remote regions of Gorkha are receiving shelter and supplies. There is still a lot to do before monsoon and a long way to go in helping the villagers rebuild their lives. With #LoveInAction, the circle of support is ever expanding through the spirit of collaboration.
Each network is bringing to the circle unique expertise and much needed skills, generously offered for the greater good. This enables everyone to co-create solutions far more effective and inclusive than each one would accomplish on their own. Each of these networks are made up of dedicated individuals with hearts and hands ready to help, who are inspiring so many more, simply by showing up with such #LoveInAction.
Thanks to ABARI, for their expertise in designing and constructing contemporary natural buildings with traditional knowledge and using sustainable, salvagable materials. Kudos to Nepali founder Nripal Adhikary and all the team, for co-creating the latest innovative designs, for your impressive organization, and for the vision of Community Driven Re-construction, empowering the people to rebuild their lives with local employment and resources.
Thanks to Learning Planet, a socially and environmentally committed educational nonprofit, already partnering with ABARI on school construction projects in the Gorkha district since several years. Kudos to co-founder Justin Wickham for bringing together the joint ABARI/Learning Planet plan for transitional child-friendly classrooms to help Nepal’s children get back to their normal lives.
Thanks to Friends of India - Giving Back. There are so many around the world holding hands for Nepal – heartfelt gratitude to Dwaba and the team at Ramana's Seva Samiti for providing the means to support #TentsToNepal, and especially to Paulo Thiago, for having a heart huge enough to feel honored enduring all conditions and circumstances involved in negotiating supplies from Kanpur, for swinging into action in Gorkha, helping to set up tents for villagers, children and monks, and for participating in boardroom discussions with officials and corporations in support of sustainably rebuilding Nepal.
Thanks to Believers, a network of young Nepali volunteers who deliver donated supplies. The Believers teams co-ordinate with founder Pembha Sherpa and other helicopter pilots from alliances such as the Mission Aviation Fellowship International. They set out from supply posts in lively teams each morning, hoisting huge baskets on their backs to reach the people in the remote areas where there are no roads.
Our Thanks to the People of Nepal
We are grateful for the opportunity to give back to the gentle people of Nepal who so embody the spiritual teachings of this ancient wisdom culture. This circle is ever expanding as we join hands and share prayers and offerings, as one family. We embrace all the children and parents and grandparents, especially those suffering the loss of home and family. And offer our thanks to all the people of Nepal – every Sherpa trekking guide, every monk, every shaman and ordinary citizen. For being the living expression of spiritual teachings that offer peace in an ever changing world. For kind gestures freely given. For meals and humble shelter generously shared. For reassuring smiles. For carrying on with dignity. For the gift of joining you, in keeping alive the spirit of care and compassion.
Tents are humble offerings for all that has been lost, but we feel called to contribute in whatever way we can. For we know that they would do the same.
Its so simple. So natural. It is human nature to respond with care and compassion. And so inspiring to respond with #LoveInAction.
“This is an invitation from life to directly experience how natural it is for all of us to operate from love.”
-Bharat Mitra, Founder of UPLIFT & ORGANIC INDIA
Join us in sheltering the people by sending #TentsToNepal
Here’s where you can make your offering of thanks!
Any amount you feel inspired to give is greatly appreciated. Stay tuned to learn more about the transitional schools, health posts and community spaces in the districts of Gorkha.
May 11, 2015
Can you imagine what it must be like to carry on amidst such devastation? With monsoon season fast approaching, our friends ABARI and Believers are still working day and night to bring help to the remote communities. Even after relief tents, medicines and supplies arrive, there are tens of thousands of people in the Himalaya mountains that will have to weather the monsoon without homes. Individual homes constitute more than 95 percent of the damaged structures. In some districts, over 99 percent of all homes are now uninhabitable.
Our #TentsToNepal are humble offerings for those who have lost ancestral homes passed down for generations, and yet they are so grateful to receive even the most basic shelter and supplies. ABARI and the Believers team of young volunteers and helicopter pilots are helping to set up temporary structures in as many areas as possible before the rains start. They are also organizing medical teams to visit remote villages, especially those that have received little assistance and are in dire needs of support.
The #TentsToNepal, ABARI and Learning Planet teams are working on modifications for the next canvas orders from India for more medical aid tents and transitional schools, health posts and community centers. They’re experimenting with larger and longer lasting yurt-style designs. Even local authorities are excited about these structures, as they are made with fast growing inexpensive bamboo, and building them will provide instant employment to the people and can later be used as tourist accommodation once the homes are rebuilt.
With their expertise in the field of bamboo and low cost construction, ABARI and Learning Planet are also in dialogue with officials in Gorkha to build the transitional schools required throughout the district. There is significant interest in sustainable alternatives as Nepal starts planning for the largest reconstruction effort in the country’s history.
ABARI believe with proper design and sustainable construction techniques, a lot of materials can be salvaged from damaged homes and the local commons. Earthen, stone and bamboo structures can survive earthquakes, as evidenced in the ABARI and Learning Planet joint ventures, still standing. They could restore the age-old architectural beauty, much faster, cheaper and safer than concrete buildings.
A brilliant team of planners, architects, engineers, social scientists, and poets are working out the vision, which we will share with you very soon. In the meantime, here’s an astute assessment on rebuilding right with safe sustainable designs and local materials.
#TentsToNepal is becoming a global movement!
The most urgent task is to complete setting up temporary dwellings and medical aid posts and transitional schools.
If you feel inspired to join us providing shelter to the people, here’s where to make your #LoveInAction offering to #TentsToNepal.
Our deepest gratitude to you for your #LoveInAction, and to Dwaba and the team at Ramana's Seva Samiti for providing the means and co-ordinating the efforts of #TentsToNepal from behind the scenes.
In peace and True Wellness Your Friends at ORGANIC INDIA
Our thanks to Ashu Singh from ORGANIC INDIA and Mithila Jariwala of Believers for the photographs used in this blog.