The Nepal Earthquake Relief Initiative (NERI) began as a Rotary-based fundraising campaign to support rebuilding efforts after the massive Nepal earthquakes of April and May, 2015.
A group of concerned Rotarians formed the group and set up the fundraising structure and awareness campaign to get the word out to Rotarians worldwide of the urgent need for funding and project support in the areas of home-rebuilding and school reconstruction. Initially, this group of Rotarians set up a ‘donor advised fund’ as the fundraising mechanism to collect and distribute funds to the District 3292 in Nepal.
NERI committee members have made several group-trips to Nepal, coordinating with Nepal Rotary District 3292 to provide and coordinate the assistance. In March of this year (2018), NERI members visited Nepal and learned that the rebuilding efforts by the government and others have been extremely slow and that the need is still critical. Rotary still has an important part that can be played in this effort. In the March visit, NERI decided to refocus their efforts toward school rebuilding projects, finding partner Rotary clubs to work with Nepali Rotary clubs on global grants to provide simple school rebuilding of up to six classrooms (this is a TRF approved activity due to the disaster). Nepal District 3292 will use donated funds received post-earthquake to support the program. NERI will also be working diligently to find district designated funding from districts and regions worldwide to support these global grant projects.
While nearly three years has passed since the earthquakes of 2015, the need continues. Please consider joining this effort and ask your club if they’d consider being partner club for a global grant to rebuild a school in Nepal.