The earthquake on April 25th destroyed many areas in Nepal. One of which is the village of Karmidanda. Dr Erin Moore recently moved back there in March of this year to continue her work as a facilitator of participatory development. On that Saturday afternoon, she became a first responder. She has since been joined by her partner Nat Willis, who was able to safely bring supplies, Jhabraj Neupane's daughters from Kathmandu, and hope to Erin and the villagers. Together they have worked tirelessly to help the villagers deal with the aftermath and devastation. The Neupane family adopted Erin years ago, along with many other foreigners traveling through Karmidanda over the years.
Only two houses in the village are habitable after the quake. Much of the livestock was killed from falling structures. Thirty three human lives were lost. The source of clean drinking water was lost to a landslide.
BUT the villagers are resourceful and in about a weeks time they had located another source of water- cleanliness questionable, and moved out of the refugee camp into covered shelters referred to as cottages. Electricity was restored in one home, that also houses the mill. providing ground corn and wheat to feed both the villagers and the animals! Erin, Nat, and Jhabraj have been able to coordinate with the local disaster relief efforts to ensure that Karmidanda is receiving supplies, food, and medical care.
There is much to be done, to continue to secure short term needs and when looking forward to the overwhelming task at hand to rebuild the village. The villagers are meeting at the end of May to determine how they want to move forward with this effort. Community lead global health efforts are ideal, sustainable, and the most successful. Dr Erin will continue her role as a facilitator as she originally intended prior to the earthquake.
The Neupane has given so much to so many - local and foreigner alike, Jhabraj is a natural leader. Take this opportunity to give back, at a time where the need is greatest! All donations will directly support the rebuilding efforts for the village of Karmidanda. Please donate, and share the link with your own social networks. Together we all can make a difference in the lives of these wonderful people, our Nepali brothers and sisters!
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I want to emphasize that this money is going DIRECTLY to the villagers of Karmidanda in collaboration with Dr Erin Moore and many others. We are not an organization, your donations are not tax deductible. THANK YOU. Your direct donations are making an immediate difference in the lives of the people in distress in Karmidanda. ~dr desha
Dr Erin's journal entries.
The refugee camp in Karmidanda.
Dr Erin's house, she slept upstairs with Aamaa (the grandmother). Januka made it out of the house safely [everyone else was already outside that day].
The first picture post earthquake of Dr Erin, Camila, Ezequiel and Jhabraj's family.
Pics of Karmidanda and villagers before the earthquake.