Helping Nepal

Helping Nepal

NEPAL 2017 Hi, I'm Ella. I'm a 14 year old girl from Scotland planning to help rebuild a community in rural Nepal in April 2017.

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NEPAL 2017

Hi, I'm Ella. I'm a 14 year old girl from Scotland. 
On the 25th of April 2015 I was sitting in the Hard rock cafe in Glasgow having birthday lunch after a day of shopping; little did I know that across the world a natural disaster so immense, it brought a country to it's knees. An earthquake in the Nepalese countryside 50 miles off of Kathmandu, the capital city. The worst earthquake to hit Nepal in 80 years was followed by a second, two weeks later. Absolute devastation. 8,891 people lost their lives to the quake and over 22,300 were hurt badly but most of the people lucky enough to survive didn't have a home to shelter in, a hospital to seek medical attention, a temple to pray things will get better or even a school to learn how to help. They had nothing. Some didn't even have the simplest necessity of water, something we don't even think of as a luxury, but it really is.
One year on the 4 billion pounds donated by an international community had barely been touched, the majority of the rubble cleared but the majority of the buildings, were still in ruins.
Nurbu Tanzen and his family live in a shed on the mountainside in Dolakha, a sheet of tin as a roof, provided by a charity.

“If the wind blows, it feels like the house will fly away,” he said. “We have no electricity. We have no income. It is too hot in summer, too cold in winter.
“But even though we are facing problems, we have to wait for the government. We do not have enough money to rebuild.”
Imagine living under a tin roof when a monsoon hits, because they regularly do.
Narbu is living in extreme poverty but the people who live in tents with only a scarf as their roof consider him lucky.
It's not just the peoples communities that need rebuilt, Nepal is home to a wild history and culture of Buddhist and Hindu temples and statues some are still left unchanged after the disaster but to neglect the heritage of Nepal would be an awful mistake said Dr Robin Coningham, a British archaeologist from Durham University.
“It represents a unique architectural style about which we actually know little; it represents Hindu and Buddhist traditions side by side; and finally, it is a living culture – not one of museum pieces, but vivid, tangible and intangible culture,” he said.

I feel very strongly about making sure the people of Nepal get the help the deserve and my heart was so touched from how much people are sending out but as the Nepalese government seem to be unsure about where to start its down to volunteers to help, so my mum and I decided to go out in April 2017, two years on to help build a camp and rebuild a local village homes and school.

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