Today marks the one-year anniversary of the earthquake in Nepal that ravaged much of the country. It is a heart-wrenching moment to remember the thousands of lives tragically cut short and the millions of people still suffering from the aftermath of the devastation.
On behalf of Hamro Nepal family, I am writing to express my sincere gratitude for the generous support that was received during last spring, following the disaster. We are saddened to report that, as a result of the complex political transition, the reconstruction efforts have been stalled in Nepal. The rebuilding in Nepal has been slow, to say the least. Funds donated from around world (close to $4 billion) were on hold for an entire year (!) due to (among many reasons) serious political protests that ensued after a new constitution being passed in Sept 2015 and a new leadership taking over the National Reconstruction Agency (NRA). However, the recent developments in Nepal are promising in terms of the NRA making some positive inroads, which gives us hope that the reconstruction efforts will soon commence in full swing. If you would like to read further on the current situation in Nepal, please find below a selected list of articles. We would also greatly appreciate it if you can consider joining us for a public talk on Nepal earthquakes on May 6th in NYC, which is being co-organized by International Crisis Group and India China Institute.
As indicated earlier, Hamro Nepal is partnering with four credible and committed Nepali organizations and local communities to help rebuild primary schools and multipurpose community centers in Gorkha, Kavre, Sindhupalchowk, and Dolakha districts. Our approach is both to help address the imminent infrastructure needs and to engage with communities for meeting long-term educational needs in rural Nepal. Despite the delays, we are sincerely grateful for your support and your patience as we navigate through this complex political situation in Nepal. Rest assured, your contributions will aid in the much-needed reconstruction process. On behalf of Hamro Nepal team and the partnering organizations, I would like to thank you for your support, thoughts, and trust as we continue to do our part in the reconstruction efforts of Nepal.
Last but not the least, our thoughts go out to all those who have suffered/suffering from recent earthquakes in Haiti, Japan, Equador, and Burma.
The New York Times Review of Books just reviewed two books on Nepal that are phenomenal.
If you are interested in understanding Nepal’s modern history, civil war, myth and why and how this country is where it is today, you might want to read: