Help 1 Big Boost bring shelters and water filters to Nepali villages

  • Posted on: 20 May 2015
  • By: Sander

The Project:



Our Organization, 1 Big Boost, is a global organization with first hand experience in Nepal as well as in Haiti after the earthquake there. We are not trained first responders but rather what I call second responders. After the first responders have done their super important job of finding and rescuing survivors as well as taking care of the dead, we go in and help them with their next immediate needs. 



In Haiti it was food. In Nepal it is shelters and clean water. We are sending a team to Nepal to bring dome tents and community water filters to communities in the mountain regions, the areas at the epicenter where entire villages were flattened. We have been communicating with our contacts in Nepal (including one of our board members) to identify both what and where the needs are and this is what we have determined we can do.



Access to Kathmandu by air is possible only for large and approved organizations, so we will fly to Lucknow, India and travel from there by land. Once we cross the border we will meet with our Nepali connections who will assist us in traveling to Pokhara, where we will meet up with a team of Nepalis who have already brought food and other supplies they were able to gather locally into the region. They will guide us to the villages they know need the most help.



I am looking to raise $3000 - half to be donated to 1 Big Boost (of which I am on the board) and the other half towards my travel expenses. If I raise less than the cost of my travels 100% of the donations will go to 1BB. If I raise right around that amount I will weigh whether the supplies or me being on the team is more needed based on how much we have raised through other means and the composition of the team, but hopefully I will meet or exceed my goal so that both are possible and no compromises need to be made. 



Thus no amount is too big or too small, no matter what it will go to helping the survivors of the earthquake.



When: The trip is currently set for the second week of June.



Where: While this can change if we either find a more needy village or if the village we are focused on receives other aid, it sounds promising that we have found a village to help which is Sunkhani in Dolakha at the epicenter of the 2nd and 3rd quakes.



How the money will be used:

 

  • Dome tents: 18' dome tents which can house a family (extended) of 10 cost between $450 and$600 (we are waiting on the final price) per tent. This is the most important thing as the monsoon season is about to hit. The tents have solid waterproof bottoms and will help these communities survive the rains. We can bring 2 per person so the total we can bring depends on the final size of the team.

     
  • Water Filters: $245 per community filter, about $35 for household filters. One community filter can provide clean water for an entire village.

     
  • Other Supplies: We have discussed the possibility of bringing additional medical supplies, seeds for them to replant lost crops or other options. These will happen if and only if we feel that we have sufficient shelters and water filters and can still bring more and have raised the funds to do so

     
  • My travel costs: We are estimating the trip costs as between $1500-1600 per person. I normally fund my own trips or find a sponsor, but this time, partly due to time constraints, this is not possible, which is why I'm turning to you for help with this as well.



WHY ME?



Aside from being a board member, I am one of only two team members who has been to Nepal, knows the culture and the people we are working with there, and the other one, our president and organizer of this trip may not be able to go. Even if she does she will not be able to make the entire trek for health reasons. 



Additionally I am physically fit and able to make the trek and am familiar with the region.



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