Supporting Children's Health & Education
Rebuilding Bal Siksha Primary School in Thokarpa VDC, Sindhupalchok, Nepal
The earthquake on April, 2015, has affected us in the worst condition that we can imagine. Being in Nepal and experiencing the second biggest earthquake (7.3 magnitude) wasn't easy for me, and I have seen how people were battling against the recovery from the damages the earthquake had caused. With the help of Miss Nepal US, I am able to help my country. This year Miss Nepal USA was a charity event, all the donations that we collected is going for the Rebuilding Nepal project. The main purpose of my trip in Nepal for 12 days was to observe different earthquake affected areas and to see if we can establish a project for children's education and health that can last long term and can be beneficial for sustainable development of the country.
During my stay in Nepal, I went to Thokarpa VDC (Pahari Community) and a Primary School in Sindhupalchok with the students of Divyabhumi Multiple College. While we were there, we distributed some relief material like blankets & hats. I also went to Shree Manthali Higher Secondary School, Manthali, Ramechhap, Nepal and distributed One Lakh Rupees scholarship fund to the earthquake affected & poor community students recommended by School management committee. My other visit site included NGO'S such as SOS Children's Village, Amrita Foundation, Heartbeat (Children's Care Center), Orchid Care Home located at Gulfutar, Kathmandu, Meeting & Interaction with Hon. Vice President of Nepal and Nepal Tourism Board CEO. Also participated and organized press conference about my Nepal visit at Nepal Tourism Board a day before departure from Nepal to USA.
Despite only 12 days in Nepal, I was able to observe some earthquake affected areas. During my visit in Sindhupalchowk, which is most affected from the earthquake. I saw that the families living there are having problems everyday. It is really hard to see your people suffer like that. We weren't able to do much except provide a warm blanket for the cold winter nights in December. I also saw a school built for the children of the village. It was in the worst situation where the students had to sit on the cold floor and there was no blackboards for the teachers to write on. Moreover, there wasn’t a proper bathroom to be found near the school area. Because of that, the children's family were having health problems everyday.
Thus, after discussion, suggestion & approval from Event Planet USA officials, the organizer of Miss Nepal US event as well as charity partner’s representative, I have decided build a bathroom for students at Bal Siksha Primary School in Thokarpa VDC, Sindhupalchok, Nepal. Further, I also want to support & distribute some essential materials for the school such as blackboards and books.
Fundraising, & Project Implementation:
With the support of Miss Nepal US 2015 event charity partner, Nepalese American Foundation, we collectively raised $8429.00 & after deduction of their fee from Crowdraise (fundraiser official site), we received total amount of $7,710.43
As part of first phase of, I spend $2,465.34 during my Nepal trip & for distribution of cold relief materials to earthquake affected peoples as well distribution of scholarship and others educational material to poor students of school. From the remaining balance, I have decided to start the second phase of Miss Nepal US 2015 - Rebuilding Nepal Project and as per school request (letter attached) & agreement, $2500.00 transferred to start building students bathroom to school official bank account provided by school authorities. Remaining balance will be send to school as work progress report & need assessment report send by school as well as observation from Miss Nepal US team. I will keep update with work progress and completion of project in future.
In same regard, I would like to thank you all the concern stakeholder, supporters & well-wishers for their admirable love, support & suggestion. Since I am doing this project under the supervision & guidance of 1st Miss Nepal US (2011) - Sujita Basnet, I would like specially thanks her & entire Miss Nepal US family for all cooperation, support & guidance. Please feel free to contact me if you have any concern. Thank you.
Priyanka Thapaliya, Miss Nepal US 2015