Updated 15th April: A total of $12,550 was raised. Funds were for material cost, workers salary, food, other expenses, transportation and some funds from friends were used for payments of my accommodation. All billing and credits to suppliers PAID!! Project is complete and house is ready!
THANK YOU EVERYONE! BIG BIG HUG!!
Feb 2018: We realised the material cost in Nepal is not as cheap as other Asian countries as most prices has gone up since the Earthquake, contractors taking advantage of earthquake by making more profits. Good material that will survive an earthquake cost a little more. Most spend money on - red bricks, iron rods/structural beams, sal wood, cement mix.
THANK YOU ALL OUR FRIENDS! ASHIMA AND FAMILY HAVE A NEW HOME NOW.
I met Narayan in 2015 after the earthquake. That’s him sitting with his wife Saraswati, daughter who is 14, and son who is 8 now. Narayan works as the kitchen staff, at the guesthouse that I stayed in during the disaster relief. He took care of me and my needs, always there for me. Narayan is an honest man, living a simple life. It’s been two years since I’ve seen Narayan, and he was the first to greet me when I came back here again. But this time things were different.
Soon I found out, Narayan left his apartment due to financial issues
, since the Earthquake many locals suffered with lower income, no basic needs and poverty. With the help of a friend from Holland, they took a small loan and purchase some materials, which were not enough to build a proper home with land, just a zinc (tin) shelter. As I was told, Narayan only earns about RS9,000 (US$90) a month as a waiter here.
The girl sitting beside him is his daughter, Ashima. She is 14 now. A few days ago, I met her for the first time and we spoke for a little while, she was looking very sad and numb.
“Do you go to school here?”
“Yes I do.. a school close to the city”
“And your dad, is he okay with this? How did you end up living here?”
At this moment tears started flowing down her cheeks.
“I would like to help build you a better home, can I do it here and rebuild this place?” Her eyes glanced directly at me by now. “Yes sir, please if you can help my dad. My education is being sponsored now by a very nice lady from Holland, but we cannot afford a new brick house. This is a good family who has lend us this little land, and I hope you can help my dad too.”
“I will see what I can do okay.” I gave her a pat of her back, and left knowing that I will build them a new home. This family deserved it. Ashima is an intelligent girl, spoke English well and has a bright future.
The idea is not just to build a brick shelter but comfortable home, with a sustainable incomefor the family. We have a few phases of this build.
1st Phase – Materials for brick house, 3 rooms, 1 living, bathroom, wash area. (US$8500) COMPLETED!
2nd Phase – Roofing, windows, doors. Water source. Power grid would be with solar panels. (US$4500) PARTIAL COMPLETED.
3rd Phase – A sustainable income (Cooking classes/ Homestay)(US$1500) ON HOLD
Since Narayan has the experience working in a guesthouse (The Yellow House) for many years, he will be able to manage travellers looking for apeaceful quiet farm house.Maybe Ashima’s Homestay/Cooking Classes? We will share this idea soon after the house is completed.
They live in a metal zinc and tarp shelter, which is leaking, with no electricity, dark and dusty, no proper water system, no proper bathroom or living space. Ashima and the mother has to shower outside in the open space. All their belongings are just stuffed into this small 6 x 10 space.
To provide Ashima and her family of four a living space they can call home, a sustaining income for a comfortable life. To raise US$13500 or more to complete this project by end of February 2018.
WAYS TO DONATE:
1. Send funds internationally direct to my Paypal account via paypal.me/RideOfLights
2. or for International Malaysian Bank Transfers:
Bank Name: Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank)
Bank Address: 66 Jalan Maarof, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Postcode: 59200
Beneficiary/Personal Name : iMKIRAN Nation
Address: 14 Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Postcode: 59200
Account Number : 514123632561
Swift Code: MBBEMYKL
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