TOUCH Ireland Nepal Appeal – Help Nepal Rise Again
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On April 25th, a devastating earthquake of enormous magnitude hit Nepal. You can help Nepal Rise Again with the Nepal appeal.
Shiva and Lina Gautam from Monty’s of Kathmandu, Restaurant, Temple Bar along with others are organising a range of fundraising activities throughout the year. The aim of moneys raised will be to build earthquake proof community centres in as many villages as finance allows. These buildings will also be used as schools, medical centres and emergency shelters. The Group will take time to see where best the funds can be used which will ensure the maximum value and use of all funds raised.
TOUCH Ireland is teaming up with this group to assist in the Administration and Tracking of Funds to provide the group with Transparency and Accountability. This will be done through the TOUCH Ireland Facebook A/C and people will be kept up to date with actual lodgements into this A/C and a running total.
The aim is to raise minimum of 100,000 euro in a year.
I would like to call on all members of the TOUCH Ireland Facebook Group to consider running a fundraising event to assist with this severe crisis that exists in Nepal. It is also our hope to repair any damage to the two TOUCH Houses in Kathmandu. As we reported earlier all are safe but both houses sustained some damage. http://touchireland.net/nepal/
Your Support is vital in supporting TOUCH Ireland’s response to this crisis.
The Group’s first fundraiser was held on 24th May 2015 in Smock Alley Theater. This was a popup restaurant called 10,000 euro curry, where three restaurant s, Monty’s of Kathmandu, Chameleon and The Cottage teamed up to host the eve
Some of the other fundraisers held were:
A Golf Day in Edmondstown Golf Club on 21st September 2015.
Irish Chefs Cook Nepalese for Nepal.
A Meal Night Event at Monty’s of Kathmandu Restaurant, Dublin.
Coffee Mornings & Afternoon Teas, Women’s Mini Marathon and Table Quizzes
Other events are in the planning and will update once confirmed.
For further information on this groups fundraising events please follow: https://www.facebook.com/groups/87755129435/?fref=ts
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Please send your Donation to TOUCH Ireland, 17 Monread Meadows, Naas, Co. Kildare
The Balance in Bank is at €31,842.14 & €35,810.00 Donated to Projects (Temporary Shelters for 80 Families, Houses 21 Families & Emergency Aid and New school Block in Jalbire).
I.e. Running Total = €67,652.14.
Thanks to everyone for their continued support.
The following video is of the recent visit to Jalbire Village in Nepal to see the situation on the ground and the conditions that the local people have to deal with everyday.
TOUCH Ireland Nepal Earthquake Relief Program
I have just returned from Nepal after visiting TOUCH Ireland projects in the Kathmandu Valley. I went to survey the damage done to the two children’s homes that we have there and was glad to see that they had only suffered little damage. This is because when we constructed these four story houses we made sure that they were earthquake proof. It was great to see that all the children were safe and unharmed.
TOUCH Ireland is also carrying out some relief work as a result of the recent earthquake.
This is in collaboration with the Lions Club of Kathmandu.
Our aim together with Montys of Kathmandu Restaurant in Temple Bar is to raise €100,000 in a twelve month period. At this time we have raised close to €50,000 and have sent out €15,000 as emergency aid. This consisted of €6,000 sent as a result of the onset of the monsoon and the need for emergency temporary shelter to keep people out of the rains. A further €9,000 was recently sent before my visit to rebuild 20 family homes that were totally destroyed in the worst hit area of Jalbire, Sindhupalchowk. This will be achieved by using salvaged materials from the original building together with some new materials where necessary. Some houses have already been rebuilt but the process is slow due to the blockade by India there is a severe shortage of fuel and gas. As Jalbire is high into to Himalayas and only 40 Kilometers from Tibet getting materials to site is difficult and now very expensive due to the rising cost of fuel.
Early one morning I set off from Kathmandu with Birendra, Sandesh and Dinesh from the Lions Club for a very rewarding day as we travelled to Sindhupalchowk high up in the foothills of the Himalayas. It was a day of mixed emotions and experiences from the stunning scenery to the devastation caused by the recent earthquake; from the suffering of the village people and the destruction of their homes to the joy and sorry of the children.
During our trip we distributed blankets to the villagers from funds given to me by supporters of TOUCH Ireland before I left Ireland.
Into the future it is our hope to rebuild a school and a new Health Clinic in this area.
It was great to see the work that TOUCH Ireland’s Nepal Appeal is doing with the Lions Club of Kathmandu through ‘Help Nepal Rise Again’ to rebuild the villager’s homes.
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“Our World – Our Responsibility”
TOUCH Ireland focus is on vulnerable children in “Our World”. We use the term “Our World” as opposed to “Third World” or “Developing World”. We feel this terminology allows people to believe that the problem is not ours and therefore not our responsibility. But we feel that if everyone does something regardless of what level they are at then we can significantly help these children. We don’t think we are going to change the world but even if we help only one child then it has to be worth our effort.
TOUCH Ireland Ethos
All children have a right to food, shelter, education and basic care.
We believe that all people regardless of race, religion, sex or status in society are equal and entitled to the basic needs to survive and develop.
All your funds raised will go directly to the project and there will be no administration costs deducted from your donation.
- TOUCH Ireland will take care of all administration for delivery of funding and follow-up with the project.
- TOUCH Ireland will visit the project once a year and send it’s own report with pictures on progress of the project.
The Aim Of TOUCH Ireland
The aim of Touch Ireland through its projects is primarily to keep people alive and instil hope for the future. It is always our intention that communities do not become reliant on us. They are encouraged and supported to provide for their own community when they are in a position to do so. Local people in their own country manage all projects. At all times their ideals, culture and customs are respected.
“OUR WORLD OUR RESPONSIBILITY”
Some children are living in despair but each one of us can make a difference.
Millions of children worldwide grow up trapped in poverty, fear or despair; their lives broken by abuse, war, HIV/Aids, homelessness or the loss of their parents. But these children don’t need pity. They need physical and emotional security and the chance to fulfil their potential.
We are supporting children orphaned by HIV/Aids and poverty related illnesses and ensuring they get an care/education. We are caring for children who have been abandoned by their families and helping to restore their lives. We are supporting children with physical and learning disabilities to receive services. We are helping orphans and street children get an education. We are bringing childhood back to these children.
TOUCH Ireland is a totally voluntary organisation and 100% of your support will go to the children