Many small and large projects concentrate on remote regions of Nepal and Northeast India (e.g. Lumla). A recent project was to support the village of Rathankot in Nepal. Pema Dorjee regularly visits this village and its people and closely supervises progress there. The primary goals in Rathankot are to stimulate trade and to jumpstart infrastructural, agricultural, educational and health projects. Many of Pema´s friends from the US, Netherlands, Belgium, Scandinavia, Israel, and elsewhere frequently travel to the region and are dedicated to sustaining it in the long run (project overview). For an overview, watch two longer videos on Rathankot.
The aim of this project is to give residents of Rathankot and the vicinity a venue to hold cultural and social events as well as workshops and seminars, including two guest rooms for visiting experts and teachers. The building also contains a Prayer Hall for Buddhist teachings and practices. The Community Hall is finished and has been in use since the summer of 2010. It was officially inaugurated on May 17, 2011.
Steps are being taken to meet basic sanitary needs that help villagers in their everyday lives, including:
- Teaching first aid and donating first aid equipment
- Building cooking facilities (gas – chula) to prevent lung and eye diseases
- Installing toilets for 40 families in Rathankot
Education, books, school fees
The first two classrooms in Rathankot are currently under construction and the information needed for an initial report on the need for two further classrooms is currently being collected.
Money is being raised to:
- provide school materials
- pay school fees
- increase the scope of education (sports – games – health – nutrition – handicap – the human body)
Ideally, residents of Rathankot will buy home grown fruits and vegetables directly in Rathankot, with enough high-volume surplus to sell at the markets in Kathmandu. This will enable farmers to charge a reasonable price for their produce and the community to make a small profit as well.
Another project to build and maintain a greenhouse on land a villager donated for this purpose in exchange for a small income for maintaining the butter seeds and the greenhouse.
Plans have also been developed to build ten garbage collection sites. This is a great start toward a functioning waste management system.
Water distribution is also a critical issue. During the monsoon period, rampant water pollution endangers the health of the entire village. A water distribution system is needed to halt water polution.
Finally, there are plans to plant approximately 2,500 fruit and pulp trees while raising awareness about the dangers of deforestation.
women’s handicraft project
Friends from England, Sweden and the Netherlands are helping women from Rathankot and the vicinity produce local handicrafts for sale in Nepal and abroad. The women will receive initial instruction and then work in the new Community Hall. The small-scale project will using locally sourced materials whenever possible and will draw on the creative experience and advice from designers and other creative professionals.
Additional Fundraising Projects:
- Waste prevention and environmental conservation education
- Bicycle-powered corn husker
- A biofermentation system
Your contributions and support are most welcome.
Norway: Siri.Weirum@gmail.com (S. Weirum)
Netherlands: email@example.com (C. W. Stuyvenberg)
Belgium: www.support4nepal.blogspot.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Israel: http://www.dharma-friends.org.il, email@example.com (M. Arama)