KVPT Nepal Earthquake - Architectural Heritage Response Fund

For: Eathquake Relief - Save Nepal's Heritage
Patan Nepal
Organizer: Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust, New York City. Since 1991 KVPT has restored and preserved Nepal's magnificent cultural architectural treasures for Nepalis and the international community. Lets work to protect what is left.
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The Story

In the wake of this terrible humanitarian disaster, the April 25th earthquake, help us to help Nepal save its glorious cultural heritage - heritage that is a source of immense national pride, income and identity for Nepal. What is left is now more important than ever. 

Every single cent you donate will be sent to Nepal and spent on emergency cultural relief work.
KVPT pledges that nothing will be spent on administration.

KVPT has the existing infrastructure, expertise and people  - all paid for already - to make your donation count where it is most desperately needed.

YOUR DONATION IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE - KVPT IS A 501c3 New York based charity

KVPT has worked for 25 years to preserve Nepal's UNESCO world heritage sites, for future generations and to support 100 local craftsmen and professionals in doing this work.

With so much of Nepal's architectural heritage gone in a flash, please support KVPT and our incredible Nepali staff of architects, stone masons, gilders and builders in preserving and rebuilding what is left. This is a vote of confidence in the future of Nepal and in the importance of protecting mankind's shared cultural treasures. The ancient temples, palaces and monuments we can save now are more important than ever before for Nepal's future.

KVPT is committed to preserving what remains of Nepal's magnificent and important architectural heritage, including our long term project the Patan Royal Palace Complex. Our mission it to restore what is recoverable and to rebuild where appropriate.

We are proud that so many of the structures KVPT has painstakingly restored over the past 25 years have withstood this violent earthquake. KVPT will continue its tradition of sharing its seismic strengthening techniques with all who need it throughout the Himalayan region.

I can think of no urban architectural complex more deserving of the highest standards of preservation. The world and community of architects and architectural historians must be made aware of this extraordinary cultural treasure, the architecture of the Kathmandu Valley” HRH Prince Charles, 2006.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 19, 2015

Posted on May 19, 2015

KVPT relief efforts in Nepal continue around the clock and continue to attract media attention.
This link http://saihelpnepal.com/report-on-challenges-of-reconstruction-work-including-kvptwill take you to the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, report on the challenges of heritage building reconstruction work faced now in Nepal.
It shows KVPT Program Architect and Director Rohit Ranjitkar.
With your support KVPT is working tirelessly to salvage, save and restore all the historic elements from damaged buildings - bricks, wood struts and carving, for eventual reintegration into the restored and strengthened heritage buildings.

Posted on May 12, 2015

Posted on May 12, 2015

Thank you to all who have contacted KVPT since the second earthquake in Nepal this morning.
We are happy to say that all our staff and sites are safe.
The impact of this second quake will perhaps most be felt on morale, it seemed that the after shocks had only just stopped when this new earthquake struck.
In accordance with our 25 year mission - KVPT is committed to continue its roles of safeguarding and publicizing Nepal’s architectural heritage and also restoring monuments.
KVPT has long been a leader in developing solutions for seismic strengthening appropriate to Nepal’s local architecture, an important component of our work will be to disseminate our knowledge as widely as we can. Post-earthquake, governments and international organizations are identifying KVPT as significant player in repair efforts based on our expertise and track record. We are being cited for our abilities to work with local groups and in local conditions to achieve the finest international standards of restoration. But this next stage is going to be costly and require new funding and more people on the ground. The work ahead is as immense as the need for new and renewed funding support - please do let as many people as you can know about the work of KVPT. We need all the support and friends that we can get.

Posted on April 30, 2015

Posted on April 30, 2015

04/30/ - more good news... our amazing Program Architect & Director in Nepal has surveyed our sites and can report as below.

Patan projects
Mul Cok - no damage except tile broken where South Taleju roof fallen. This project save lots of damages, because on timely restoration. If it has not restored might cost more than 2 times to rebuilt after this disaster.
Kot Pati- no damage at all. This was a main shelter during the earthquake 
Stone gates - no damage at all
Bahadur Shah palace - minor cracks on ground and first floor. Small section of outer layer of wall fallen on 2nd floor (about 3'x6') and cracks on the corners
Tusa Hiti & Bhandarkha Tank - intact, even no minor crack
South Taleju - top roof lost, no other damage. This temple is under restoration
Nah Baha Hiti - no damage
Kathmandu projects
Kal Bhairav shrine - intact 
Lakshmi Narayan - some minor damages on wall only
Kageswor Temple - white dome lost, lower roof minor damage
Mahadev 1 - some minor damage
Mahadev 2 - collapsed

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