19 May 2015

Letter from Pasang

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Dear Chairman Agostino Da Polenza,

Namaste! Hope all is well with you.

I’m sorry that it has taken time to contact you all. We have been busy with immediate engagement in the relief and disaster relief response.

There has been reports of death by avalanche resulted by widespread earthquake in Nepal.  The Nepal Mountaineering Association will be gathering the information of death. The initial report says that over 18 Sherpa have died. The widow will apply for support to NMA in due time. Of course, the HTN is working in partnership with NMA with regards to the avalanche of 2014.

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But the Himalayan Trust sister organizations are supporting only the avalanche victim’s children of 2014 and not for future avalanche.  NMA will be supporting all future avalanche victim’s children.  But if Benoit Chamoux Foundation would like to support few of them, the NMA will be very happy.

Less death and casualty occurred in Solukhumbu in the earthquake but 116 schools have been affected. Kunde Hospital and Phaplu Hospital and some of its clinics are affected.  A dozen of schools are collapsed needing complete rebuilding.

We are at the moment working in the emergency relief materials. We have supplied tents and tarps to the upper Khumbu and also the the district education office in Solu as per their request.  More tarps or roof sheets are required for temporary learning. The monsoon is coming soon, therefore everyone is concentrating on tarpaulins or tents and roof sheets to the affected schools in Solukhumbu.

IMG_0246We are also coordinating with other NGO working in Solukhumbu.

We are receiving  initial reports of damages to schools, hospitals and health posts. Our teams have gone to the Solukhumbu to undertake a more comprehensive needs assessment to establish both:

Immediate needs for emergency support; and Medium to long-term needs for reconstruction of schools and medical facilities

After the completion of assessment work, The Himalayan Trust Nepal is appointing Dr. Mingma Norbu of Monjo as Project Manager on contract basis for one year and one Engineer and junior staff for 3 months to work out or estimate earthquake resilient building cost in coordination with user group, the Solukhumbu district officials and other organisations working in the Solukhumbu.  Then our medium and long term programme  can be planned.  After all these needs assessment and engineering work, we will work on the basis of set priorities.

HTN will be supporting one coordinated program approach based on the outcomes of the needs assessment currently underway.

HTN  will not have the capacity to channel funds to any new specific projects the individual donors may identify. If projects fit within the scope of the needs assessment, and eventual programme design, they will of course be happy to support them.

IMG_0259There will be a single report for the rebuild effort and it is expected additional support staff will be required – employed on a fixed term contracts.

HTN had confirmation from the SocialWelfare Council (SWC) that funds can be transferred to them from INGOs.  HTN will need to inform the SWC regarding the amount of funds provided.  Implementation of reconstruction activities will be coordinated through the District Disaster Management Committee. At a later date will need to submit a full proposal regarding the use of these funds.

The Himalayan Trust Nepal  is  looking forward for school rebuilding support and support to the community of Solukhumbu for rebuilding of old monasteries affected by recent earthquake from your foundation in near future.

Thank you and Tashi delek!

Pasang Sherpa
Secretary
Himalayan Trust Nepal

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