The rebuilding of Nepal nearly a year after the April and May 2015 earthquakes continues, thanks to aid from all parts of the globe, including $45,000 given by concerned International Needs US donors. Donations from International Needs Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia have also combined to have a positive impact on the outreach of International Needs Nepal’s efforts to provide practical help to the people it serves.
Esther Laxmi Thapa, Executive Director of International Needs Nepal, dedicated herself to personally provide material support to rural areas of northern Nepal not being served by international relief efforts primarily concentrated in Kathamandu. You may view a video that Esther produced during the months following the quakes by clicking here.
Several major challenges prevented aid from getting to International Needs Nepal in the days immediately after the earthquakes, including the fact that the banking system in Nepal was knocked offline from electronic transmission of funds.
As those systems were restored, donated funds began to be transferred by our office and were used directly by Esther and her staff of 30 community workers who live throughout the country. The assistance served as a living witness of the compassion of Jesus Christ to the hurting people of Nepal.
These dedicated community workers were instrumental in providing crucial care to villages that were not receiving relief from international organizations and the Nepali government. IN Nepal’s localized response even inspired a few American donors to fund two additional community workers so that there are now 32 ministering in the country.
Recovery clears the way to rebuilding, which is what International Needs Nepal is now doing through its Livelihoods Program. You may be familiar with Lydia House, which provides vocational training to young women from rural parts of Nepal who otherwise would be susceptible to human trafficking. An extension of the practical methods used by Lydia House, the Livelihoods Programs is helping people re-establish their farms and businesses so that they may rebuild their personal lives and emerge healthier from the devastation of the earthquake.
Natural disasters, however, are not the only impediments to a peaceable life – man-made disasters can also cause severe hardship.
Although the nearly four-month-long Indo-Nepal border blockade is coming to an end, its debilitating effects will continue to burden the nation for months or years to come.
Dawn Kotapish, Contributing Editor for International Needs US, recently interviewed two individuals who witnessed the hardships first-hand. Dawn grew up in Nepal, the daughter of American linguists. You may read Dawn’s report here, and see a video report by Program Coordinator Shreya Thapa on the conditions in Kathmandu.
We are pleased to announce that Esther and Shreya will be visiting the United States in 2016. We look forward to introducing you to these strong women of faith and action.
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