Barpak in Gorkha district was at the epicenter of the 7.6 M earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, and suffered insurmountable loss. 95% of the 1200 homes in Barpak village were completely destroyed including schools, health posts, food mills, and local businesses. It was a prosperous and self-reliant village with 24-hour electricity, an agro community with thriving local businesses, and had connectivity to the rest of the world through the Internet. With the earthquake, Barpak lost many of its men, women and children, its infrastructure, its energy access, and the steady development it had made over the years.
Barpak’s strong resilient and entrepreneurial nature came through during this crisis. Through Gorkhaly Foundation’s advisor and local partner Bir Bahadur Ghale, the village sought help in restoring access to energy in the short term so that they could begin strategic rebuilding for the long term.
As a result, Gorkhaly Foundation launched the Rebuild Barpak Initiative to address some of these dire needs of the community. Community driven needs identification was at the core of the Initiative which was implemented under the leadership of Mr. Bir Bahadur Ghale and in-field volunteers. A plan to Rebuild Barpak, where the community identifies the critical infrastructure and services, helped Barpak estimate its investment needs, both for relief and recovery. Our task was to partner with the community and help them get support from the government, the private and the social sectors for these identified needs.
The Following sectors have been our focus:
Raised so far: $47738.73