Sunday, 3 April 2016

What's happening with this house then?

What with all the fun I had in Ecuador and the Galapagos, you might have thought I'd forgotten about that house we're building in Nepal.

What house? Well, for those of you who weren't around last year: I went to Nepal last September, to visit friends and to see how things were after the earthquake. To be honest, they were tough. Not only had stuff fallen down, but no tourists were visiting - so there was no money to get on with the rebuilding. The mountains still glorious, hotels and restaurants empty, and the Nepali struggling to make ends meet.

I ummed and ahed about how to help. And then I met a family, in the mountains, whose house had fallen down - and it was going to cost just £1500 to rebuild it. Not quite peanuts, but surely I could raise that? We can't rebuild a city, or even a town - but we can rebuild a house.

Not any old house. This is a family I know - the top storey had collapsed and they were living on the ground floor, in the rubble, and hoping that aftershocks wouldn't dump the whole thing on their heads while they slept.

So I launched a project, which you can find here. And I wrote a book, After the Earthquake, and every penny of profit from that is going towards building this house. (If you live outside the UK, or don't use Amazon, I'm sure you can find it if you go hunting. Do contact me if you can't find it.)

And how has it gone? Well, the appeal site is misleading, as I've been given much more than that. And the book is selling well.

And (drum roll) ... we have a house!!!! Well, have the money for the house, the foundations are down and the walls are on their way up. One family can sleep peacefully again.

What's more - we have begun a second house. This is an older couple, from a village high in the mountains, who spent the monsoon in a tent.

I'm proud of us all - we did what we set out to do. But if anyone is new to this appeal, and (like me) can't imagine just how dreadful it must be to be old and in a tent with the monsoon battering down, then then please follow the links.

11 comments:

  1. You should justifiably be proud of yourself. It's an amazing achievement. Well done!

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    1. Not just me - my thanks to all of you who joined in

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  2. well done Jo and team! So proud of what you have achieved!

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  3. Great stuff Jo. I knew you would do it.

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    1. Thank you, Anne - and for all your support along the way.

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  4. OH Jo, I missed this on Monday! I'm so very glad there is already money for a second house coming in. I am also very glad the book is selling and helping still further! Congratulations!! If we want to contribute again for the second house, do we go to the same link?

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    1. Yes, Val - the same link. It's all going via the same route to Nepal, the money distributed under Tika's watchful eye. And thank you for asking.

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  5. Well, done, Jo. I missed this update somehow, and I was just wondering the other day how the appeal had gone. I owe you a letter so was going to ask it then but now I have the answer! As for the idea of living in a tent, that is one of the things which I feel so very sorry for those refugees about - the old ones, I mean, or those with young or frail children.

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