Gorkhaly Foundation delivered power generator “Urja” to Barpak, Nepal, giving 1200 families access to food and light in wake of disastrous earthquake.
Washington DC, May 29, 2015: Gorkhaly Foundation delivered a power generator (Urja) to the village of Barpak on May 25 (a month after the devastating earthquake), and it is now fully in operation. Urja (meaning energy in Nepali) is the name given to the diesel generator typically used for power supply in places like Barpak that have lost all connection to power grids.
While permanent access to energy will be in the long-term goals for Barpak, Urja will serve the immediate energy needs of the village. Urja will supply electricity to run the village food mill that will feed 1200 households giving it short term food security, will directly support lighting for temporary- shelters, health post, local businesses, and schools, and will provide energy for strategic rebuilding.
On Urja’s arrival, local community leader and Ashoka Fellow Bir Bahadur Ghale responded with gratitude saying, “We got the electricity line from the generator yesterday. From tomorrow we will start the mills to grind flour and rice. 1200 families will have access to food, and to light. Also, communication is key, everyone has a mobile phone, and if they can easily charge their mobiles, I hope that it will make their lives easier in many ways. I would like to give many thanks to all our well wishers in the US who worked through the Gorkhaly Foundation and Nepal Ko Yuwa to make this happen.”
Gorkhaly Foundation is an all volunteer group based in Washington DC and a partner in a global collaborative campaign “Nepal Rising,” which is led by Nepal Ko Yuwa, a 501 (c)(3) compliant nonprofit organization.