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Nepal Relief

October 2016 Nepal Disaster Relief Report

The April 2015 Nepal earthquake killed over 8,600 people and injured more than 16,000. It occurred at 11:56 Nepal Standard Time on 25 April, with a magnitude of 7.8Mw or 8.1M and a maximum Mercalli Intensity of IX.  Sometimes numbers can tell a deeper story. Here are some key facts and figures from the Nepal Earthquakes. All the data comes from the UN Office for the coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and are accurate as of mid-May 2015.

The Damage

  • Number of people killed: 8,617
  • Number of people injured: 16,808
  • Number of people displaced: 2.8 million
  • Number of people affected: 5.6 million
  • Number of people in need of food assistance: More than 1 million
  • Number of hospitals damaged: 26
  • Number of houses destroyed: over 473,000

The Rotary Club of Birmingham committed to partnering with the Rotary Club of Jawalakhel where existing relationships were in place.  The club intends to provide relief efforts in two ways:


Will and Carolyn Ratliff had the great pleasure and privilege to travel to Nepal June, 2015, to meet with members of the RC of Jawalakhel. Will wrote, “We were hosted primarily by Sanjay’s sister Vibha, who is a Past President of the club. You are already acquainted with another Past President, Jaya Rajya Laxmi Shah, who is also DG Elect for 2016/17. It is the club’s hope that our project, which is modeled in Phase 2 on a program they have already developed and implemented in other rural villages, will become a model for other Rotary projects that build on WASH initiatives to truly transform and lift up targeted communities.”

Since Will’s note was written, the Rotary Club of Jawalakhel received the funds wired from The Rotary Club of Birmingham Foundation ($18,000) and began working on the clean water and sanitation installations in 3 public schools in villages near Kathmandu.  The funds were received in time for a Rotary Club of Birmingham Foundation Dinner in Nepal where the four Nepalese Rtns working with Will and Sanjay on the project also met with RI President Ravi who had been specifically briefed on this effort.

Phase I – Reconstruction of Water Source and Distribution System Damaged by Earthquakes Affecting Three Villages in Nepal (expected cost to RCB = $18,000).

Background and Justification:

The recent devastating earthquake and a series of aftershocks have affected many aspects of life in Nepal.  In the aftermath, one resulting crisis is the destruction and re-positioning of Nepal’s water sources and distribution system.  In the area to be targeted, the principal spring has shifted and consequently some water sources have evaporated while others are burdened with flooding and oversupply.

Those dependent and negatively impacted by the disruption to these water sources are nearly 3,000 people from three villages of Tasarpu in Dhading district (adjacent district to Kathmandu).  For this reason, three members of the Rotary Club of Jawalakhel from different committees along with distinguished community leaders gathered to discuss the issues and develop possible solutions.  As part of their plan, they requested construction materials and funds to hire trained labor from Nepal’s Rotary club.  They pledged to contribute local labor to these efforts.  Their major goal is to add an additional common pipe connecting a new spring to the existing tank and to replace damaged pipelines.

Budget Plan:


Expense Items Cost (USD)
Pipe $6,500
Cement $1,000
Sand $3,500
Stone $100
Gute Valve $2,000
Other Construction Materials $2,500
Labor Cost (500 people) $3,000
Total $18,600



Phase Two, which has been delayed until national internal problems subside, will promote comprehensive community improvements especially in helping with maternal and child health.

The Rotary Club of Jawalakhel has been systematically conducting transformational community projects and developed a model that we will join when the time is right.