Monday 25 April was the anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 people, destroying over 600,000 houses and pushing an additional 1 million people below the poverty line. In the year since, the destruction and loss caused by the earthquake have been followed by landslides and floods; border blockades causing severe fuel and other critical supply shortages; over 400 aftershocks; and 12 months later, over 100,000 people are still waiting for the government to distribute long promised grants to support rebuilding.
In what has been, and sadly remains, a very difficult environment, as a small organisation we are very proud that our post-quake work directly benefitted 2,220 children and adults, the highlights of which include:
• Providing emergency support to 227 of the very poorest families forced to migrate to the slums of Pokhara after losing everything in the disaster
• Enrolling 353 migrated children in school, providing school fees, uniforms, books and helping them settle in.
• Building 12 Protection and Learning Centres that:
Provide Early Childhood Development classes to 315 children, the majority of whom were from marginalised ethnic groups and previously had little or no access to education.
Provide a separate classroom so that 564 older children can continue their education.
Facilitate Parents Groups and Nutrition Programmes, which have been so successful that members and a local NGO have agreed to continue to run these after our project is completed.
Have been praised by donors and other agencies for their innovative design and construction method, which has now being adopted by UNICEF.
On Sunday 19 th June Liz is doing a 10k walk along with other Kidasha supporters in the Windsor area. This year it is being planned as an event for all the family. At the end of the walk there will be a picnic and hopefully live music in Windsor Castle Park. If you would be interested in doing the walk let us know as we have 3 spare places in our car. Alternatively if you would like to sponsor Liz please get in touch.
Advance notice of fund raising event in the village during the evening of Monday 7th November.
Following our daughter Lydia’s wedding we are utilising the fully heated marquee in our garden to raise further funds for Kidasha.
Plans are still fluid at the moment but we plan to put on a meal with a talk and film show. The talk will be by Ellis J Stuart who became an unlikely inspiration to thousands of followers on social media when in 2014 and again in 2015 he witnessed and survived the two worst disasters in the history of Mount Everest climbing whilst attempting to reach the summit of the mountain himself. Nobody could have anticipated that Ellis Stewart would have the rug pulled out from beneath his feet, not once but twice in back to back attempts. Ellis Stewart's resolve and sheer determination to reach the mountain in the first place was without a doubt a feat in itself. Having dreamed about climbing the mountain for 30 years he finally got the chance in 2014, after a life of preparation and with a “never give in” mentality. The events that followed were unparalleled in Everest mountaineering.
Ellis will share his experiences with us as well as talking about life in Nepal. Ellis is an exceptional speaker and this will be a unique experience so book the date in your diary now.
Trustee of Kidasha
Liz has accepted an invitation to become a trustee of the charity and so will be much more involved with the running of the charity for the next few years.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
John and Liz Waterman