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Um eine reibungslose Zusendung von Spendenquittungen zu gewährleisten, bitten wir die Spender folgendes zu beachten:
- Für Spenden bis 200,– € genügt der Einzahlungsbeleg zur Vorlage beim Finanzamt
- Komplette Anschrift auf dem Überweisungsträger angeben
Für Ihre Mithilfe sind wir Ihnen sehr dankbar.
Bitte vergessen Sie nicht, dass wir alle berufstätig sind und ehrenamtlich für die Nepalhilfe Beilngries arbeiten. So können wir die Spendenquittungen nicht sofort ausgestellt werden. Diese werden wir aber auf jeden Fall noch rechtzeitig zu Ihnen senden bevor Sie die Steuer für das laufende Jahr abgeben müssen. Wir bitten um Verständnis.
Hans Kammerlander zu Besuch in Kathmandu
Nach längerer Zeit war auch Hans Kammerlander wieder zu Besuch in Nepal. Mit viel Interesse und Zeit besuchte er gleich drei Einrichtungen in Lhubu: Das Shaligram Kinderhaus, das Farming Land und die Shree Setidevi Higher Secondary School, die er 2004 mit gegründet hat und eine von drei Schulen ist, die seinen Namen trägt.
Mit Erleichterung stellte er fest, dass diese drei Einrichtungen im letzten Jahr nur leicht vom Erdbeben betroffen waren und notwendige bauliche Erweiterungen gerade bei der Schule weiter vorangetrieben werden können. Dass die Wasserversorgung an der Schule bis heute noch nicht stabil funktioniert ist jedoch weniger erfreulich. Hier leidet insbesondere die Hygiene an den Toiletten darunter. Sehr beeindruckend war die Führung im Farming Land. Gerade die Biogas-Anlage war sehr beeindruckend. Aber auch die tollen Ergebnisse im Agrar-Anbau zeigen mit welcher Motivation und welchem Engagement die Mitarbeiter dort vorbildlich arbeiten. Im Waisenhaus wurde man überaus herzlich empfangen. Die Freundlichkeit der Schulleitung und der anwesenden Kinder war unbeschreiblich und mit großer Dankbarkeit für den Besuch verbunden.
Empfangen und begleitet wurde Hans Kammerlander vom Country Director der Nepalhilfe Beilngries, Sunil Krishna Shrestha. Er nahm sich sehr viel Zeit und führte die Besuchergruppe mit viel Interesse durch die Einrichtungen.
Hans Kammerlander war in Begleitung der von ihm geführten Trekking-Gruppe, die in den 2 Wochen zuvor den Manaslu (8.163m) umrundet und den Larkya-La-Pass (5.220m) überquert hatte. Alle Teilnehmer der Gruppe waren ebenso tief beeindruckt vom Engagement der Nepalhilfe vor Ort und vor allem von der Freundlichkeit und Lebensfreude der Menschen dort.
Autor: Siegfried Butz, Management Hans Kammerlander – Deutschland – Mai 2016
Mitschnitt radioWelt am Abend, Bayern 2 vom 25.04.16
Der Wiederaufbau - Nepal ein Jahr nach dem Erdbeben, Autor Ruslan Amirov
Proceeds of donated dental gold
A very extraordinary request reached us in spring 2015. A dental surgery from the Hessian administrative district of Darmstadt-Dieburg intended to donate the proceeds of the sale of their patients’ donated dental gold. A patient had called the attention of Marc Ohle, the owner of the dental surgery, to our organization.
Then he started his collection project, during which he collected dental gold and old gold from patients in donation boxes set out on the reception desk. 1822.52 Euro was the proceeds of his campaign – a real success. There had already been a great variety of different fund raising campaigns, but this one was unprecedented and very special. Thousand thanks to Marc Ohle and the unknown patients who zuset the ball rolling.
New Project – NHB funds a small orphanage
The NHB has started to financially support a small orphanage in Sunakothi, a village 10 km south of Kathmandu. A former volunteer initiated this bond in January 2015. Supporting other people’s project isn’t something new for NHB, in the contrary, it all started like this more than twenty years ago with the Mary Ward charity school or the charity pharmacy of the Bir Hospital run by the German-Nepali Aid Organization Stuttgart (DNH). Many things have changed as is known, especially concerning the NHB’s own projects.
No matter how big NHB’s own projects have become, the named projects of other organizations have always received the same – party significantly high – financial support. Even more projects, like the Siddhi Memorial Hospital in Bhaktapur or the Midpoint Hospital in Nawalparasi, have been added to the list during the last couple of years. This is only made possible by the generous donations and the responsible dealing with the trusted money.
From a student and travel guide to an „orphanage mother“
Back to the small orphanage, the Child Help Education Fund (CHEF):
Seven boys and girls aged between five and sixteen are living at the orphanage which Lila Devi and her brother Oman founded in 2011 as a non-governmental organization (NGO), so the government doesn’t support this project financially. Lila Devi, 27 years then, used to work at a trekking tourist office in Kathmandu and her wage together with some donations from tourists formed the basis of her project. She finished her studies with a master in sociology at the Tribhuvan University of Kathmandu and married last year. Her husband, who studies medicine, also cares for the children of the orphanage. Lila’s brother Oman has left the country to gain his family’s means of subsistence abroad.
The CHEF lies on the ground floor of a three-story residential building. The children come from the district of Myagdi, which is well-known to tourists who trek through the Kali Gankaki valley between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. All the children share the same social background like illiteracy of their parents, many siblings, no income, diseases or death of the bread-earner.
Postponed is not abandoned
The request of the volunteer was pushed into the background by the earth quake last April, but has never been forgotten. Some local coordinators visited CHEF again and again and in the end Ralf Petschl, the chairman of the NHB together with his wife Ingrid in February 2016. It has been decided that the orphanage will receive 8,000 Euro annually for the next five years, which will be sufficient for its running costs. Moreover, the children have already been provided with clothes, shoes, sanitary articles and school material taken from the fund of the Shaligram children’s home. This provision will be kept in regular intervals.
Living in a constricted room
The children sleep in two small rooms, one for the boys and one for the girls. Lila Devi sleeps in the dorm with the girls and her husband Raj Sunar in the other one with the boys. The married couple doesn’t own any separate rooms. For the chores, Lila gets help from Sabin, a sixteen-year-old who lived with his grandmother until she died. In addition, there is Emse, a 13-year-old girl, who is a very good chef and who wants to become a nurse one day.
Looking for a volunteer
Lila Devi keeps looking for volunteers who want to live and work at her small orphanage for at least two months. The volunteers will have the privilege of having their own room.
Anybody interested can contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bavarian politicians visit NHB children’s home – in their luggage some relief
This year the world women’s conference took place in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu from 13th to 18th March. The participants from Bavaria also visited the Shaligram children’s home, which is located in Lubhu only some miles away from the big city.
The politicians from Eichstätt, Augsburg and Ebersberg used this occasion to visit the forty girls and boys of the NHB main project together with Sunil Shrestha, the coordinator of the aid organization. Tanja Schorer-Dremel (CSU) and Eva Gottstein (FW) as well as Dr. Simone Strohmayr (SPD) from Augsburg and Johanna Mühlfeld (ÖDP) from Ebersberg, they all had heavy luggage, namely six kitbags packed with brand-new blue children’s trekking shoes which were sponsored by LOWA and brought to Nepal as free allowance. This amount of shoes even allows the provision of some more children at the local schools and some other people affected by the earth quake. Besides that, the visitors had bought 270 kg food, e.g. rice, lentils and beans, from their own means. That’s enough to cook the national dish Dal Baht for several weeks. Of course, the children were more interested in the sweets the women brought from Germany.
Sunil Shrestha and the manager of the children’s home, Radhika Singh Maharjan, welcomed the guests from Bavaria together with the children. Two volunteers from Munich who were working at schools and at Shaligram for several months also made the guests feel home.
During their tour through the house and the property itself, the politicians were very flabbergasted by the biogas plant, the photovoltaic and the solar panels and thus by the environmentally sustainability of the institution itself. After they had signed the visitors’ book, the politicians said goodbye with a song – the Bavarian anthem.
Visits like this are always a good moment for NHB to show transparency about its work. Nothing is more revealing than getting an immediate insight on the ground, just like the Bavarian group did. These contacts are very important for the organisation’s found-raising in Beilngries and in whole Germany.
At this point we would like to thank everybody who travelled to Nepal and took reliefs with them in their free allowance. Without their energetic commitment it wouldn’t be possible to support the people in Nepal in the way we are able to do it. Thanks!
Still no light at the end of the tunnel
A report by Stefan Nestler
“We are ready” in Thulosirubari
A report by Stefan Nestler
The reconstruction has started …
…at least in Sangachok, where the entire school building had to be levelled. Within walking distance of the former school, the government had already intended to erect a college in 2013, construction had started with the brickwork complete but stalled due to lack of money. During his visit in July 2015, Manfred Lindner inspected the partially complete building and decided to find out whether it could be completed to be used as the new school.
After some negotiations with the community of Sangachok about the usage of the building, the conveyance of property (land and partially complete building) was fixed. Thanks to the donations of NHB, work on completion of the building will start in March 2016. The ten classrooms will be finished by summer 2016 and the first pupils will move in from their temporary classrooms to their proper school.
By the way: the window and door frames of the old school which were undamaged were taken out of the ruined school and will be used in the new building. As soon as the administrative decision of the government gives the green light we will also start the reconstruction of the Jana Jagriti School.
Just a little song
It is a little song the 16-year-old Suku Maja Lobchen sang for Betina Wanner for her farwell. The German woman used her holiday to play a part in the daily life of our Shaligram children’s home in Lubhu.
During her time there, Betina Wanner was living in the main building of our new nursery, which is cared for by the parents of Suku Maja, who has been blind since her birth. They live there together with their other daughter Sushila, an eleven year old, blind girl. The daily life of the married couple has been planting and growing a great variety of vegetables and caring for pigs, hens and ducks ever since.
Tashi and Kippa Lobchen came here seven years ago with their two blind daughters and their two able-bodied sons from their home village Ramche, which lies far from public infrastructure and which is dear to trekker who love this area – the Langtang Himal.
Since an operation eleven years ago, Suku Maja has been able to notice her environment dimly, which is also true for her sister, whose eye-operation was paid by NHB. Suku Maja has been living at the School for the Blind in Chautara, which was founded by our partners from Lichtenegg. Currently she and all the other inhabitants of the boarding school are housed in a provisionary building because of the severe damage caused by the earth quake.
Suku Maja’s singing skills, which the manager of our children’s home, Radhika Singh Maharjan, calls “hidden treasure”, shall not be kept from our friends and supporters, that’s why they recorded her. It is just a little song and the audio-visual quality could be better, but any one who listens carefully will hear more than that.
Indian-Nepali border open again
The blockade of the Indian-Nepali border came to an end on the 06th Feb 2016. After more than five months, goods have now been able to pass across the border to Nepal again. Importantly fuel, gas and building materials have been able to be delivered since then. An argument which lasted more than five months and which made millions of Nepali suffer finally came to an end.
Apart from the earth quake in April/May 2015, this border blockade was the biggest disaster for Nepal over the last couple of decades, which however hardly was reported of in the media worldwide.
In the next few weeks the price for fuel will normalize again, after people temporarily had to pay up to 3€ a litre. The same goes for cooking gas which was occasionally not available, which forced the population to use wood for cooking and which in turn led to a rise in forest clearance.
You can find further information to this topic here: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/key-india-nepal-border-post-open-trucks-cross-after-5-months/
Positive German – Nepali cooperation
Many people who have ever travelled to Nepal keep returning there. I am among these people. I used to follow the work of NHB now and then until the day that I asked if I could do them a favour. I used the rest of my free allowance to take a kitbag full of LOWA children’s shoes with me to Nepal. These shoes were sponsored by LOWA itself.
Sunil Shrestra, the local coordinator of NHB, took me on a tour which also led us to the district of Sindhupalchok. This region in particular was severely hit by the second earth quake on 12th May 2015. The friendly German-Nepali cooperation has been really positive.
Our tour leads us on a well-constructed (considering Nepali standard) main road from Kathmandu to Tibet. After one hour of bends we turned in Dolalghat to go in the direction of Chautara on a small serpentine road uphill after crossing the river Indravati Nadi. The landscape is densely populated and narrowly terraced. Sometime later the path leads down onto a narrow, macamized road through small villages. Here we can see the extent of the damage from the May earth quake very clearly. There are only ruins of the former houses and most miserable huts have been repaired in a rough-and-read way with some corrugated metal sheets and tarpaulins. The climate of the last couple of months with its monsoon and enormous temperature variations has deteriorated the quality of the plastic material. That’s why the shelters might not be sufficient for the winter nights to come.
Only a few schools without damage
We arrive at Phalante. Here the new LOWA-School was opened only in the previous November. Fortunately, this school was undamaged by the earth quake. About 200 children from the surrounding villages attend this school. The pupils had been expecting our group with Sunil Shrstha and Shyam Pandit, the school construction coordinator. They formed a long queue ordered according to size. Most of them held a Khada, which is a self-made flower necklace of Tagetes or Bougainvillea blossoms and which is said to bring good luck as well as the silk scarves the children to give us as presents - a very moving gesture.
Our SUV is loaded with second-hand clothes for cold days – including the fifty pairs of new LOWA trekking shoes in various children sizes. After we have handed out the shoes we can see some children walking around like storks: Wearing sturdy shoes is a completely new experience for them. Children and parents are happy about new trousers, pullovers or jackets, which Sunil Shrestha has collected either from private people or from shops in Kathmandu. All pupils go back to their classrooms after this exciting event. They wave goodbye smiling happily.
We are welcomed at Ramadevi Secondary School in Harre by children waiting for us with brightly shining eyes and innumerable khadas. Some girls perform dances and receive a round of applause from their schoolmates and the guests. Some boys have prepared a small flag of Nepal made of cardboard, which they hand over with pride.
Education is the Alpha and Omega
Shyam Pandit shows us the damage at several schools and talks about them during our tour. The enormous violence of the earth quake can be seen and felt which leaves us stunned. Only three of the NHB-schools are undamaged while the other fifteen either need significant rehabilitation or a complete reconstruction. This is also true for the school in Chautara with its annexed school for the blind and its 15 children who live there. At the moment they are living in temporary accommodation nearby and are being taught in classrooms in shanties and tarpaulins. In Chautara we also meet the young practitioner Doctor Sabina Parajuli. The 24-year-old is the first to have studied medicine supported by NHB. Today she works at the hospital in Chautara. She welcomes the guests in a very friendly way and introduces herself in perfect English. Her calm and self-confident appearance shows very clearly that she knows what she wants.
Personality is what counts for a country
Sarita Pathak is well-educated and self-confident. The 26-year-old was the first child of the children’s home in Lalitpur. The children’s home was built 23 years ago and was the first project of the NHB. The building itself was spared by the earth quake – with exception of the photovoltaic and the garden wall. Today Sarita Pathak herself has become the boss of the children’s home. 40 children and teens between four and nineteen live here. They are from difficult family backgrounds or have only one parent. Living at the orphanage the children are supposed to stay in contact with their family. Sarita manages the staff of the children’s home and the farming land which supplies the institution. Surva Chimara economizes ecologically and without mineral fertilizer or pesticides. He proudly shows us how he makes compost and what he can harvest in winter, including cauliflower and broccoli.
Reconstruction will take years and many supporters
NHB have made sure that the school and daily life for the children and teens can go back to normal as soon as possible. They know how important education is for young people in Nepal. The reconstruction of the destroyed schools will take time and the support of many people. Indispensable young people like Doctor Sabina Parajuli and Sarita Pathak will become the tower of strength of the country.
Anne Oschwald (Free-lance journalist)
Any kind of support helps the people in Nepal. For example, anyone who travels to Nepal can use their surplus weight of his or her free allowance to take more LOWA children shoes with them. Regular shipping and customs would be disproportionally high.