EMPOWERING NEPALIS FOR THE FUTURE OF NEPAL
On 25 April 2015 at 11:56am a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal. More than 8,800 people were killed and more than 23,000 were injured. This was the worst natural disaster to hit Nepal in almost 100 years. The devastation is wide-reaching and recovery will be a very long process. Ongoing political issues, corruption, lack of resources and conflicts continue to place further strain on communities who've suffered so much already.
We aim to empower Nepalis to be homegrown catalysts for change who can ensure a positive and independent future for their own country. In order to achieve this aim, we look far beyond the standard short-term responses to natural disasters - emergency aid, food and reconstruction - and instead focus on educating and capacity building at a local level for long-term recovery and development. We work in particular with groups who are at risk and vulnerable - remote rural communities, women, children, disabled groups and marginalised ethnic groups. We don't want to affect change in each community from an outsider's perspective - we want to help provide the tools, training and resources to allow these groups to become their own agents of change, to thrive independently and secure a positive future for themselves.
We do this by facilitating:
re-establishment of communities that have suffered the most from the 2015 earthquake including after effects and all other associated crises;
development of those communities farther than ever before, focusing on improvements to infrastructure, access to education for children and adults, public health, and economic stability using sustainable and enduring methods;
employment opportunities for local people to help deliver projects to their own communities. If there are no local figures with the necessary skills to help deliver the project, we strive to provide this training as part of the project;
partnerships with local NGOs and community groups in every project. We never deliver a project in isolation as NERF: we aim to up-skill local change-makers at every level at every opportunity.
NERF is now raising the funds needed to deliver multiple collaborative recovery programmes designed with Nepalis, for Nepalis. We raise funds through our events, sponsored treks, social media platforms and by approaching individual donors. The ultimate aim of the current UK-based NERF volunteer team is to hand the charity over to locals based in Nepal to run themselves.
Whether operating in the field or in the UK at all times we adhere to our core values of:
We work with marginalised individuals and communities and we believe it is imperative that their needs are treated with sympathy and understanding.
We provide current and accurate information on how and where donations are spent on every project and respond promptly and fully to any enquiries regarding our grant-making activities.
We work closely with our beneficiaries and local government, so we are kept well informed on the impact of our project work, and can rapidly address any issues that might arise.
We are regularly in the field, with Trustees personally visiting project sites and putting a human face to the name NERF.
We source project ideas and long-term objectives from the communities and people whom we aim to help.
We design projects from the ground-up, with local partners and community members involved from the first stage to the final stage, ensuring every project is completed to the satisfaction of all stakeholders.
We are constantly looking for opportunities to employ and up-skill local community members in all our projects, empowering Nepalis for the future of Nepal.
The ultimate aim of NERF is to be able to hand the charity over to Nepalis completely.