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Nepal Earthquake Anniversary: One Year Later

Relief, Recovery, and Rebuilding

April 21, 2016

 
 

VisionTrust International

How much money has your charity raised for its Nepal Relief efforts?

$195,000

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How have you spent the donations you have received so far?

Spent 100%

What are your charity's plans to spend the money you have received, in the future?

The Nepal Relief funds covered Relief (Phase 1) and Rehabilitation (Phase 2). Now, we’ve transitioned the project to Community and Child Development (Phase 3) using new sources of funding not related to Nepal Relief efforts.

How did your charity come up with its plan for response in Nepal? And how long did that process take?

The response plan was created by combining VisionTrust’s experience in responding to many global crises among poor communities in the developing world along with Nepali expertise resulting from community-based research (learning how best to help from the people directly affected by the earthquake). It took 3 weeks from earthquake to starting Relief (Phase 1). Overall, Relief (Phase 1) and Rehabilitation (Phase 2) phases took nine months to complete. Community and Child Development (Phase 3) started in 6 communities shortly after Phase 1 and 2. Phase 3 will be an ongoing effort over the next several years.

Have there been any specific programs, initiatives or services that you have provided towards your relief efforts in Nepal?

The response plan was simple yet extremely powerful because it was not designed just for relief work, but more importantly for getting people back to taking care of themselves. So our strategy started with the end in mind – helping people return to their previous lives (not creating dependency on foreign aid). The response effort started with smart targeted relief work in communities hit very hard and where very little international assistance was being provided. In this way, we were able to reduce the chances for duplicity of work among various NGOs and ensure that the affected people got help.

The focus was on meeting immediate needs and developing new relationships that formed a foundation for follow up counseling and assistance. We called this Relief (Phase 1). Phase 1 provided:

  • 600 families with relief kits that included tents or tin sheets (as needed) along with food items like rice, cooking oil, soap, blankets, etc.
  • These kits impacted approximately 4,000 people in many remote mountain villages through Gorkha and Dhading districts. The relief kits were distributed in coordination with government planning efforts. The success in distribution came from cooperating with and working through members of the Christian churches. This helped keep our work close to the people's real needs and keep costs low.
  • In addition, the process included taking time to visit with affected families, to listen to their story and pray with them, and comfort them. Because our plan included a Rehabilitation (Phase 2) from the beginning, we were able to immediately follow up with the affected families and join their community leaders to develop rebuilding plans.

The Rehabilitation (Phase 2) was designed to move the affected people from relief dependency back to where they were pre-earthquake. This work included:

  • Creating relationships with the victims to help them emotionally move forward with their lives. This key step resulted in building a deeper understanding of the victims which led to higher success in the overall rehabilitation plan. VisionTrust assigned a VisionTrust advisor to work alongside of community leaders to help them assess the situation and take local ownership of the rebuilding process.
  • Then at the right time and in a limited way, VisionTrust did it’s best to co-fund the co-rebuild over 150 homes along with the community, repair 3 schools, and relocate a super remote village that was completely destroyed and assist with them building a bank of community toilets.
  • In six key villages where Relief (Phase 1) and Rehabilitation (Phase 2) were extremely successful, we opened 6 VisionTrust Learning Centers for the neediest children impacted by the earthquake. The centers have been a safe haven during the rebuilding work and complemented the local school efforts.

What do you believe is the most immediate necessity for the people of Nepal? Do you feel as though there has been significant enough progress in regards to such?

In the rural areas where VisionTrust has concentrated our efforts, we see that the Nepali people are resourceful and hard working. Rehabilitation efforts like rebuilding houses, farms, etc are critical, but should be done mostly by those affected because they have the raw materials and know-how. We learned that the people desire a stable government that will develop markets for produce and products grown or manufactured locally - to facilitate growing the economy and provide jobs in Nepal.

Over the past decade or more, the labor force is leaving Nepal to work in other countries because jobs are scarce. Almost everything is imported from India. Furthermore, solutions for children to continue their education into upper secondary school is critical. Currently for rural people, children have to relocate to cities to finish school. Finally, general infrastructure like consistent power and roads need to be addressed.

Has your charity engaged in any joint collaborations with other charities or organizations with respect to your work in Nepal?

All of our efforts were completed in cooperation with the Nepal districts and village development communities, and completed using volunteers from local churches.

Overall, what do you think have been the greatest successes of the philanthropic response to the Nepal earthquake?

Helping 4,000 men, women and children stay alive, have hope for the future and see that their homes and lives have been rebuilt.

What else would you like donors to be aware of regarding your organization's efforts in Nepal?

Our Development (Phase 3) is underway, using the 6 Learning Centers mentioned earlier as community centers designed to help the children stay in school and have new opportunities. The parents/caregivers are so happy to have some assistance in this way as these villages are very remote. We are seeking funding support for these locations now. Thank you.

Charity Responses

CharityTotal Cash Raised CharityTotal Cash Raised
All Hands Volunteers
four stars

$2,416,362

  AmeriCares
four stars

$6,000,000

CARE
three stars

$22,000,000

  Catholic Relief Services
three stars

$30,500,000

Children's Hunger Fund
three stars

$377,588

  Church World Service
three stars

$149,618

Concern Worldwide US
three stars

$6,063,780

  Convoy of Hope
four stars

$1,334,699

Direct Relief
four stars

$6,559,066

  Giving Children Hope
four stars

$15,000

Global Links
three stars

$4,075

  GlobalGiving
four stars

$5,960,000

Handicap International US
three stars

$2,500,000

  Helen Keller International
four stars

$55,179

Helping Hand for Relief and Development
four stars

$470,169

  International Relief Teams
four stars

$611,000

Islamic Relief USA
four stars

$982,438

  Lutheran World Relief
four stars

$4,100,000

Matthew 25: Ministries
four stars

$102,000

  Mercy Corps
three stars

$15,000,000

Operation Blessing International
three stars

$596,677

  Operation USA
four stars

$650,000

Oxfam America
three stars

$8,548,439

  Plan International USA
four stars

$1,770,000

Project C.U.R.E.
four stars

$89,966

  Samaritan's Purse
four stars

$24,000,000

Save the Children
three stars

$56,300,000

  Seva Foundation
four stars

$1,128,440

SIGN Fracture Care International
four stars

$190,000

  SOS Children's Villages-USA
three stars

$15,972,600

United States Fund for UNICEF
three stars

$14,027,339

  VisionTrust International
four stars

$195,000

Water Mission
four stars

$645,000 

  WaterAid America
four stars

$1,400,000

World Education
three stars

$70,000

 

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