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Nepal Govt. Regd. No. 1224/064, SWC Affiliation No. 22612
The country is laden with the Himalayan Mountains and hills in the north and flat plains in the south ranging from the highest point on earth (8,848 m) down to 70 m within only 210 km.
These in turn have resulted in abysmal living conditions – a recent report by Nepal Government indicated that the earthquake and its aftermath have pushed an estimated one million people below poverty line which is below $1.25 income per day.
In fact, Nepal is in an humanitarian crisis and sadly, it has nothing to do with the earthquake. We are praying, we will overcome this ongoing crisis and rebuild Nepal as soon as possible.
Nepal (officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal) is located in South Asia, sandwiched between China and India. It is the home to Mt. Everest, the birthplace of Lord Buddha and is one of the few countries in the world never to have been colonized. The country is laden with the Himalayan Mountains and hills in the north and flat plains in the south. The largest and the capital city is Kathmandu, which is situated in the central region of the country. Tourism and agriculture are the major sources of revenue and livelihood for a vast majority of the Nepalese people, most of them are based in rural areas.
Despite its stunning beauty and a proud history, Nepal has long suffered from major political upheavals, clearly reflected from its poor socioeconomic performance (HDI ranking 145th in 2014). A decade-long civil war, centralized government and polarization of wealth and power have severely hindered the growth of the country. Besides that, the 7.9 magnitude earthquake on April 25, 2015 hit as many as 36 out of 75 districts of Nepal and among them 14 are worst hit where 8,800 people were killed, thousands injured and an estimated one million residents displaced. These in turn have resulted in abysmal living conditions – a recent report by Nepal Government indicated that earthquake and its aftermath have pushed an estimated one million people below poverty line which is below $1.25 income per day.
The earthquake has also taken a heavy toll on the national education and health infrastructure. On the other hand, the Indian blockade for the supply of fuel, food, gas and medicines right after the earthquake has worsened the scenario by affecting daily operations of schools, hospitals, business houses, government offices and transportation. In fact, Nepal is in Humanitarian crisis and sadly it has nothing to do with earthquake. We are praying, we will overcome this crisis and rebuilt Nepal.
Situated on the North-central part of Nepal, the Gorkha district hosts a very significant historical and political identity. The district capital, Gorkha Bazaar, is about 140 km west of Kathmandu at an altitude of 1,135 m. Gorkha’s centerpiece is the magnificent Gorkha Durbar with a fort, a palace and a temple with excellent views of the surrounding valleys and the Manaslu range.
The history of modern Nepal started some 200 years ago from the Gorkha district, when King Prithivi Narayan Shah conquered 22 small kingdoms and created Nepal as we know today. His legacy passed on to his successors who kept foreign occupation at bay. The formidable courage and bravery earned the Gorkha soldiers great respect among the East India Company (British regime in India), who knew the Nepalese soldiers as the Gurkhas.
After a standstill in a battle in Nalapani (eastern Nepal), a treaty was signed between Nepal and the Great Britain that allowed the Gorkha soldiers to enrol in a special regiment called the Gurkha Rifles in the British Army. The Gurkhas have fought bravely in many international battles, most notably in the two World Wars, the Falkland War and the Gulf Wars.
Gorkha is also an alternate starting point for a few trekking routes in the region. Gorkha-Trisuli is an easy three-day walk along unspoilt Nepali countryside. One can also walk a long day’s walk to Beshisahar, which is the usual starting point for Annapurna and Manang area treks. One can also walk through Beshisahar area to Pokhara in four days.
Sadly, Gorkha district was the epicenter of the 7.9 magnitude earthquake of April 25th 2015, destroying almost 90% of the private homes and more than 95% of the schools. The continuous aftershocks have damaged the remaining, hampering emergency rescue teams.
Our project area lies in Gorkha district in Nepal. In the district, we are primarily focused in Aarughat Rural Municipality, Dharche Rural Municipality, Chum Nubri Rural Municiaplity and Bhimsen Thapa Rural Multiplicity. These are the high-altitude, northern areas. Although we have done projects all over Gorkha, our main focus has been on the above-mentioned four rural municipalities. But, if large-scale funding is available, we will like to expand our projects to lower altitude areas and in all the urban municipalities and rural municipalities of Gorkha.
We have organized several teachers’ training programs for more than 40 different local schools, renovated schools, upgraded libraries and toilets. Both national and international volunteers have worked in our projects. After the earthquake, we have been focusing on rebuilding houses, schools and drinking water supply systems destroyed by the earthquake.
Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, our efforts are centered on helping local people and local governments of Gorkha in fighting and containing the virus. We have provided locals with relief food supplies. To schools and students and teachers, we have distributed reusable masks, thermal guns and soap. And we are assisting local villagers, community schools, local governments and medical workers of Gorkha by supplying medical equipment (hand sanitizer bottles, thermal guns, hand washing soap, reusable cotton surgical masks and viral transport mediums).
It is a matter of great concern that the quality of living in the region is well below the national average. Needless to say, the literacy rates are abysmal too, owing to a lack of proper schools. The few who are educated settle either in the cities or abroad, thus aggravating this socioeconomic disparity. With withered physical structures and under-staffed faculty, the existing state-run schools are in a very poor condition. The quality of education they provide to the children do not compare to those of the city and other private schools. The immediate needs that we see are in renovating the schools and provide all other resources possible to rebuild a decent studying environment. Further, the factors that lead to high dropout rates among the student must be identified and dealt with accordingly.
Health and sanitation is another area we are working to address in Gorkha. We have constructed toilets for several community schools and brought foreign health professionals to volunteer at health posts in Gorkha. After the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have distributed medical supplies to local governments to help contain and prevent the virus. Currently we are about to provide new ambulances to various multiplicities and rural multiplicities of Gorkha to provide easy, reliable and affordable health care transfer services. We are also working to provide personal hygiene kits to female students, teachers and all women of Gorkha and provide them awareness about personal menstrual health.
Sambhav Nepal has been meticulously worked to ameliorate this condition and in the past years has achieved some success in filling the void in the education, health and community sector.
Below is the map of our project area: