The rebuilding of lives from 2016 onwards is of greatest importance. Families need shelter food and dignity. Those made homeless have to start again both physically and psychologically. Education needs to continue and improve, so children can have a brighter future. Below are a list of costings for things that will help this to happen. Please consider donating to SHIVA Charity. We are here and we are a charity of action, not just words.
LIVESTOCK AND AGRICULTURE
The earthquake destroyed many villages in rural areas of Nepal, leaving millions homeless. Tarpaulin for tents were distributed as an immediate urgent need, but they will not see a family through the monsoons and winters. Temporary homes became the priority. SHIVA Charity temporary homes are made of corrugated steel, bamboo and waterproofed plywood. We have built over 70. The families living in them need now to get through the winter safely, and for many, the coming few years! The water available is dirty and causes many illnesses. Water filters cost £12, and double blanket £17. Electricity is needed. Solar panels cost £90.
The poorest of Nepal villagers are still short of food, even more so since the India Border blockade since October 2016. (Still blockaded December.... shortages of everything!) SHIVA Charity are distributing food packs containing rice, dhal, biscuits, cooking oil, masala, tea, salt, sugar, and any other food items thought necessary.
Most will be using "chulo" or mud ovens and fire, but this will be very difficult during monsoons. A portable gas cooker top, with gas and cylinder costs £60. At least 60 are needed for our temporary homes!
GAS COOKER AND GAS
SHE GOAT £90
BABY CHICKEN £1
Families from the rural communities need help to find a source of income to help them survive, and to pay for rebuilding a long term home. Many of them plant rice at the beginning of the monsoon time, and cauliflour, maize, onions, tomatoes, cucumber, are among the favourite things to grow in Rabi Village. They will continue to do this. Many were harvesting and storing maize and corn in buildings which have since been destroyed. They have lost their main source of food, future income. They will recover, but they need time.
Livestock is a great source of regular income. A milk producing cow can produce several litres of milk daily. They, of course, are considered holy, by the Hindus and so are not slaughtered. One cow costs £180.
A she goat will also produce milk and it is a common livestock in Rabi. Goat is a favourite meat in Nepal. One goat, in good condition costs £90.
Hens are mostly roaming about freely or within a large compound in Rabi, though when small maybe protected within a cage. A baby chick costs about £1 only.
Photos: A cow donated via SHIVA Charity (left), goats freely roaming in Chandeswori, and young hens in Rabi village.
FULL SCHOOL UNIFORM £30
TEACHERS' RESOURCES TRAINING £60
STATIONARY ONE CLASS FOR ONE YEAR £120
FOOTBALL COMPLETE STRIP AND BOOTS FOR ONE SCHOOL TEAM £400
SPORTS AND GAMES
Football is the preferred national game in Nepal, though cricket is becoming more popular since the national team is beginning to do well. The area of Rabi and the surrounding villages are very hilly and it is difficult to find a flat enough pitch for either games. The students have a football team, but without strip, and some have boots, but some play in sandals or bare feet! The photo is a Friday afternoon game between Seti Devi School and GHS. How proud the teams would be if they had a strip, and boots, socks, etc.! A complete strip and boots for a team would cost £400..... to much for most schools' budgets, or for parents.
BADMINTON NET, 8 BATS, 12 SHUTTLECOCKS.
12 BOARD GAMES £25
CONCRETE TABLE TENNIS £200
RAINY BREAK TIMES
CONCRETE TABLE WITH ALL EQUIPMENT. (REAL NET NOT BRICKS!)
ALTHOUGH MUSIC IS IN THE CULTURAL LIVES OF ALL NEPALESE PEOPLE, VERY FEW SCHOOLS HAVE ANY TIME SET ASIDE FOR IT. ALL STUDENTS ENJOY MODERN MUSIC, HINDI, AMERICAN, EUROPEAN, MODERN AND TRADITIONAL NEPALI, BUT THEY HAVE NO SCHOOL LESSONS, AND NO MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS TO TOUCH, LET ALONE LEARN HOW TO PLAY.
LUCKILY, JUST BEFORE THE EARTHQUAKE, SHIVA CHARITY WAS SPONSORED BY THE CHARLIE DERRICK MUSIC FOUNDATION. AS A RESULT, MUSIC IS ON THE CURRICULUM IN FIVE SCHOOLS, AND WE HAVE PLENTY OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. WE ARE ALSO TEACHING FROM A TEMPORARY MUSIC CENTRE. PERMANENT ONE COMING SOON!
In most schools, resources are not easily accesible to the students. Books and some limited playthings are locked away in the head teachers office. SHIVA Charity make lockable wooden chests full of equipment for one class. Two class monitors are given the key, and the teachers do not have access! Boxes contain sports equipment, musical instruments, reading books, drawing books, coloured pencils, paints, board games, and anything recreational. Chests and equipment for one class costs £450. Having interesting resources changes a child's attitude to school completely.
RESOURCE BOXES (FULL) £450
GUITAR £30 +
A school cannot function without basic materials. Many schools have no budget to afford the simplest of class room needs. £120 would give a class of 25 the basic pens, pencils, exercise books, drawing and painting materials they need for one year.