December 5 2019
Twenty years ago, Matthieu Ricard set out to build a better world for the people of the Himalayan region through the founding of Karuna-Shechen. Working in remote and underserved villages, made poss...
Our Nepal Country Director Sanjeev Pradhan explains our strategy to help rural communities devastated by the earthquakes of April 25th and May 12th 2015.
The last decade was a challenging time for Nepal. The country has struggled with a developmental slowdown triggered by political instability. The devastating earthquakes of April 25 and May 12 and their continuing aftershocks created further havoc.
Immediately after the earthquake, our Karuna-Shechen team went into action, bringing food, supplies, and vital medical and relief aid to 622 remote villages and over 214,000 people affected by the disaster.
For over sixteen years, we have been helping the Nepali people, and the efficiency and wide-scale reach of our relief operations is possible only because of this long history of humanitarian activities in the region, our long-standing relationship with local grassroots organizations, and the selfless efforts of our team. By joining forces with our partners, we are able to access key information and respond to the most urgent needs of small isolated communities.
We believe that incorporating local strengths and knowledge into our development programs is the best way to yield maximum dividends that can help alleviate the suffering of people. This philosophy drives all our projects, including our recent earthquake rehabilitation strategy.
The original scope of our rehabilitation program (launched in September) was to help 12 gravely affected villages rebuild by offering them support in six interlinked sectors: Agriculture, Health, Education, Solar Electricity, Counter-Trafficking, and Disaster Preparedness.
By the end of 2015, it was clear that more communities needed this long-term support. We progressively re-planned the scope of our interventions in order to best respond to the evolving local needs and extended our reach to help 58 villages.
In the coming years, we will continue to offer region-specific solutions that take Nepal’s harsh geography and remote situation into primary consideration. Our projects empower villagers and encourage them to build primarily on their own know-how to create better living conditions for themselves and to share what they have learned with neighboring villages.
In this way we hope to work with and reinforce the natural resilience of the Nepali people and guide them into a more sustainable and better future.
Director of Field Operations and Nepal Country Director
November 15 2019
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