Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world, is suffering badly after a disastrous earthquake. The effects are devastating. Thousands have lost their lives, many more have been injured, and uncountable families have lost their homes. As always, the poorest people suffer the most.
Help from abroad in the acute phase is massive, and a large number of aid organisations stretch out their hands to help. But help will be needed for a long time, to give people the chance to find back to normal life. Having a house to sleep in is essential to survive in the long run. Please, help us to rebuild homes!
Creating SMILES – building the Nation (SMILES) www.thenationsmiles.org, is a youth led social enterprise in Nepal working to improve health, education and sustenation in rural villages in Sindhuli District, Nepal. SMILES Sweden is their sister NGO, supporting their work with the core to always involve and empower the people we reach out to. The villagers are involved and take responsibility in every action we take.
Together we have improved sanitation by building toilets where there were none before, electrified the school to facilitate computer classes for students and adults, and developed an app to improve farming efficiency and profitability.
The material assets are accompanied by educational programs run by the Nepalese SMILES. True development from within the country by its own people. We are but a small organisation compared to many others, but passionately dedicated to our work together hand in hand across the borders.The smiles we have shared with the villagers and the growing belief in better days are priceless, Help us to see these wonderful smiles again!
So far, no one has died from the earthquake in the SMILES villages, but there are injuries. Almost all the houses have been destroyed, along with the school. No one has dared to sleep in the remaining few houses, the rain has fallen heavily and the nights are cold. The risk for lack of food and water is huge and thereby the risk for infectional diseases. The coming monsoon will make the situation even harder. While we trust and pray for the aid organisations' immediate help, we must follow or long-sightened goals and start to make plans for the time coming.
As far as we know, the people in the village survived, but the destruction is immense. Most houses have to be built up again.
Any contribution, also small ones, are therefore most welcome.
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