“Empowerment Through Education” — Friends of Himalayan Children

FHC’s Earthquake Relief Work in Nepal

Two villagers standing in the ruins of their home after the earthquake.
Two village girls sitting with some of the bags of rice supplied by FHC.
Villagers carry their bags of rice supplied by FHC back to the village. The distribution area was a long walk from home.
Som examining some of the damage on his first trip back to Nepal after the earthquake.
Dinesh Tamang talking with a village child in the ruins of his home.
Makeshift lean-to structures are used as schoolrooms until FHC complete the new school (under construction).
The village children are happy to be occupied with schoolwork despite the nature of the accomodation.
The teachers do the best they can to keep the children engaged, in spite of the hardships.
Nurse Doreen Gaudron and other volunteers working in a makeshift clinic funded by FHC donations.
Living arrangements for Doreen and the villagers are rudimentary after the devastation caused by the earthquake.
A truck filled with bags of rice bought by FHC on the way to be distributed to villagers.
The distribution point where the sacks of rice were handed out. Due to poor road conditions, this was a long walk from the village.
Villagers waiting next to boxes of supplies before they were distributed.
The orphans that were housed in the village hostel help carry supplies back to the village.
Tents made by FHC workers in Nepal being distributed in Batase village. The large, damaged structure in the background is what remains of the original orphan's hostel.
Ruins of a house in Batase after the earthquake. Scenes such as this are common across the mountain regions surrounding Batase.
Another house that cannot be lived in and must be rebuilt by the owner if they can find the resources.

Activity Report for FHC Earthquake Relief in Nepal and Australia

600 tents, 800 x 30kg bags of rice, 1,500 sheets of iron for roofing and shelter purchased, with another 8,000 sheets of iron on order.

7 medical camps established and $1,500 worth of medical supplies purchased in addition to donated stock. The transport of these items particularly to the Sindhupalchok and Ramechap districts have all been funded by FHC too.

TAFE Black Tie Fundraising Dinner in Cairns raises over $26,000 for FHC. Read more >>

Transport costs have long been an expensive item made especially known during the construction of the FHC hostel. For this reason FHC have purchased a quality truck for charity use, which has already been put to extensive use.

Detailed report on the extensive damage to the new FHC hostel in Batase. The hostel has just been completed, but thankfully none of the orphans had moved in when the Earthquake struck. Read more >>

FHC committee have approved $30,000 to be used as a grants based program across 25 schools affected by the earthquake. Without this money these schools would not be operational.

Doreen Gaudron's reports on her trip to Batase and Ramechap in June, where she organised clinics and distributed aid. Read more >>

Som is working with local authorities to identify priority needs - FHC will be receiving applications from the community based school councils based on the government identification of the issues in each school.

Amber Tamang helped run the school for FHC in Batase Village. He was a crucial part of our work in Nepal, and will be missed. Read more >>

Peter, our treasurer, reported that since the earthquake there has been $298,000 raised for FHC in events such as the Tafe dinner, and music events in Kuranda and Fogarty Park, a large variety of local events such a trivia nights, movies, garage sales, dinners, cake stalls, morning teas and even a swimathon!

These events have taken place mostly locally in Cairns but also in little towns like El Arish and Cooktown. Events have taken place across Australia in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Melbourne, Adelaide. There have also been fundraisers for FHC in Germany and Ireland!

St Andrew's Music by Moonlight concert raises $5,000 for FHC. Read more >>

Australia's ABC News covering Som's first trip back to Batase in the days after the Earthquake struck. Read more >>

About Friends of Himalayan Children

Friends of Himalayan Children is a humanitarian organisation working to stop child labour and child slavery through providing access to education, a safe home for disadvantaged children and community development projects in rural Nepal.

Australian Charity Number: IA 36480

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    Friends of Himalayan Children Inc.
    PO Box 5213, Cairns, Qld 4870, Australia