A relatively small amount of Rotary aid has made a huge difference to a Nepalese community and is a great example of Rotarians connecting to do good in the world.

Blenheim South Rotarian Paul Eden & his wife Frances have had an involvement with the people of Nepal since 1982, when  they went to India on business, and to a lesser extent Nepal, to source carpets and rugs . The Nepal visit also involved their passion, trekking.

In recent years their passion has involved trekking and community work in the Solu Khumbu region of Nepal. The first of these visits was with Christchurch Rotarian Graeme Foulds who, through a Rotary Foundation grant, distributed school equipment and children's clothing through the Solu Khumbu schools. Twelve months later, after the Nepal earthquake, we were contacted by local social worker and school teacher Dhana Rai requesting help with re-roofing homes damaged in the Quake. All homes are stone with slate or stone slab roofing. The main damage and injury was from roofing collapse and all repairs saw this replaced with corrugated iron.
 
During our visit in 2017 we were asked for assistance with more community aid projects so, on our return to New Zealand and with the support of the Rotary Club of Blenheim South, we made an application for a District Grant, and were subsequently successful, raising a total of $5660. These funds were specifically for,
  • The polycarbonate glazing of the Jubing school windows.
  • A solar lighting system for the Beeker community house.
  • Cement for rebuilding of the communal flour mill.
All materials were sourced from Kathmandu, trucked to the road-end at Salleri and then portered by the villagers over the Taksindu Pass to the lower Solu Khumbu.

Working in this environment is both challenging and rewarding. It would not be possible without the support of a District Grant, the generosity of Rotary Club of Blenheim South and donations from family, friends and individual Rotarians. Special mention should be made of the generous support of ex-Rotarian Jeff & Sandra Sewell who funded the polycarbonate for the Jubing Village School.
 
Dhana Rai has sent this message recently: "Great news is that cementation process of flour mill is succeed. So, all villagers are very happy and grateful for your kind charity. They would like to appreciate to you. If you have any suggestions or questions, I am always grateful to hear from you and I feel lucky and blessed to do work with you. I hope we will do more project with you and Rotary club in upcoming days."
 
All three parts of the project are now completed.