HELP projects in 2016

This woman's husband set fire to her.
This woman’s husband set fire to her.

 

We have agreed to help the following projects this year:

  • Provide the funds required by the Women’s Empowerment Centre in Damak (Eastern Nepal) to set up a Safe House for women suffering from domestic abuse.
The sewing workshop at the Women's Empowerment Centre
The sewing workshop at the Women’s Empowerment Centre
  • Part fund the salary of a teacher at the SASA Academy in Uttarakhand (India)

We will be considering other requests as they come in.…

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What is happening to the money you sent us for earthquake relief in Nepal

Dear friends,

This edited report (below) from Himalayan Projects, the Belgian NGO we partner in Western Nepal, provides an update on the Nepal earthquake relief work that your donations are helping to make possible. I am sending it to everyone in our mailing lists, since a good number of you helped us raise the £5593 in response to the disaster. Although the earthquake is no longer in the news, the work of rebuilding homes and schools will continue for years. We have already sent over £2000 to Himalayan Projects.…

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Earthquake relief

I am pleased to report that we have received £5593 in response to my appeal for donations after the Nepal earthquake. This exceeds the expectations I had, and stands as testimony to your compassion for and generosity towards the many victims who have lost their schools and homes in what was a major disaster. In addition to individual donations, a school in Spain and a church congregation in Scotland held collections and fund-raising events which raised sums of over £1000 respectively.…

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Earthquake in Nepal

Many villagers have lost their homes in the recent earthquake in Nepal and are living in tents. We can help provide shelter and utensils so that they can stay in their villages and start the re-construction process and re-build their lives.

We need money to do this, so we would welcome donations from anyone reading this. Just go to the donations page of the HELP website if you would like to make a contribution.…

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Empowering women in Nepal

HELP is donating £2500 to the Women’s Empowerment Centre in Damak, Nepal. The money will be spent on sewing machines and training to enable the women to support themselves by making clothes and toys. 

The underlying objectives of this local NGO  are as follows:

  • To provide skills development training to help women live an independent life.
  • To provide legal advocacy to under-privileged women to combat social, economic and cultural discrimination.
  • To support orphaned, disabled and displaced women and enable them to live a respectable life.


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A vote of thanks.

It’s always good to get positive feedback. Here is what the principal of the JN Memorial Public English School says in a recent letter to me about HELP’s assistance over the years (in his own words):

“By getting fund from HELP we could make new school building and the poor village children are getting good education from this school and we do hope that this work goes for ever. Our school gives you vote of thank you to you as well as HELP family for the generous work.



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Flood relief

 Cloud bursts during the nights  of  3rd and 4th August  brought disaster to the Uttarkashi area of North India. Villages were washed away in the resulting flood waters from tributaries feeding the Ganges. 36 people died, and nearly 1800 people saw their cultivated land washed away and more than 1000 people suffered severe damage to their houses.

In spite of the damage done to  bridges and roads,  our local partner, the Serve and Share Association (SASA)managed to reach the area and  act quickly to set in train the following emergency support:

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Trek

About 18 months ago, I was approached by the Mountain Company with a proposal to run a charity trek in Sikkim under their auspices for the benefit of HELP’s various projects in the Himalayas. This seemed like a good idea at the time, providing tourists with a chance to stay in a Sikkimese village and to visit a school we are helping (en route to the start of their trek), in return for a donation to boost HELP’s funds.

Disappointingly, we have had no takers.…

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JN Memorial School building project

With the help of family and friends (including parents and children of the  Hilmarton Primary school) of one of our volunteers, Rebecca Scott, who taught at this school in 2006, a new robust reinforced two-storey concrete structure has already been built at a cost of about £4,300, to replace the wooden structure that was slowly sliding down the mountainside. The children moved in on 28th July, straight after the summer break. This project came in under budget and was completed ahead of time.…

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St. Paul’s primary school building project

I have just sent the final instalment of £1,300 to complete the new school building. This money will be spent on wiring, painting, plumbing, including the installation of a toilet and bathroom for the boarders. This was our very first project. We began it from scratch in 2003 and , with the invaluable support of our first volunteer, Simon Forwood, we have, between us, raised £19,000 over the five years. Without Simon’s help, it would have taken us double the time to reach our target; but thanks are owed to all of you who, knowingly or unknowingly, contributed to this project.…

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I think it’s a great organization. I’m really impressed with how small and focused on each project HELP is.
Jill PeckVidya Sagar Gyanpeeth School