Dear Supporters, Donors, Partners, and Friends,
I wanted to thank you from the depths of my heart for your generous donations to The Small World organization. Just as a reminder, be assured that 100 percent of your donation funds were used on our many important projects in Himalayan underserved communities of Nepal.
Today, with your help, The Small World is serving nearly over 10,000 people, supporting locally driven sustainable community development projects, providing education for children, especially young girls at risk for exploitation, and empowerment for women, all factors that serve to break the cycle of poverty.
During the aftermath of the Nepal earthquakes, we immediately reached over 17,000 victims with relief support: traps for shelter, drinking water, medicine, sanitary kits, and foods. We also built twenty (20) temporary learning centers in Solukhumbu to keep children in school during this emergency. We are very thankful to have you as a part of global family joining hands together and making a difference in the lives of many people in Nepal.
Here are some of the major accomplishments of The Small World that were possible with your generous support in 2016. – Karma Sherpa, Co-Founder and Executive Director
1. Making Education a Priority in Emergencies:
6 Permanent Schools in 6 Villages of the Solukhumbhu District
Ten months after the devastating earthquakes, The Small World started building permanent earthquake resistant classrooms designed by certified engineers & approved by the Nepal government. Reinforced cement concrete (RCC) was the model for the structures and were the first-of its kind classrooms within the region. We built 18 classrooms in 6 different schools of Basa, Deusa Waku, Dipli, Mukli and Jaidhu. These are some of the most remote communities of Solukhumbhu, where income is less than $1/day. They are mainly farmers and seasonal trekking porters. Our project benefits over 1,500 students and we have been employed local workers and porters for projects, which is creating jobs for them to boost their local economy.
According to Nepal government records, over 800 houses were destroyed in the Nepal earthquake. Immediately after the devastating earthquakes, we provided tarpaulins for temporary shelters. Then we initiated building houses for the families who could not afford to build on their own and are at risk during the winter in Dhamku village of Basa. While building houses, we have partnered with families so that they could help us with labor and construction materials, such as local supplies of stone and wood. While helping to build their family houses, we also conducted classes about how to build a safe house by demonstrating these skills at our project site. This helps to further the knowledge of local laborers and ensure transferring that knowledge for the safety of future generations as well as their chances for employment in construction to support their family. We are on our way to finishing 26 family houses in Dhamku by the end of 2016.
3. Emergency Shelter for Hope Home Girls
After the earthquake, the Hope Home Girls spent nearly 25 days in a tented shelter because we were all too scared to spend the nights inside the building with continuing aftershocks. Spending rainy and windy nights out in the tent was not easy option, though. Thus, this year we have built a one story building behind the hope home as an emergency shelter for our girls during difficult times.
4. Safe Drinking Water for Communities
The majority of women and children spend hours every day walking to collect water for their family and animals in remote Himalayan communities in Nepal, which keeps children out of school and is a significant time investment for families. In 2016, The Small World partnered with the local community of Puleli village in Taksindu for twelve months running a safe drinking water project. The water was brought into the village through an underground pipeline from 2 km away. This completed project is now benefiting 52 households directly, which is nearly 350 individuals every day.
5. Himalayan Hope Home: Girls of Risk into Girls of Change
During these past four years at the Hope Home, we have experienced many challenges. At first, many of the girls were very underweight, in emotional trauma, had some health problems that needed immediate attention, and were sad and very afraid. With time, they have grown into healthy, happy, and confident young girls. Today, these beautiful girls have made us proud by sharing their dreams. This is extraordinary and very moving. They want to become teachers, policewomen, nurses, doctors, air hostesses, and dance teachers. We are so happy to support them every step of the way, holding their hands with love and inspiration, to achieve their dream what they want to be in future, from girls of risk into girls of change.
6. Solukhumbhu Girls’ Dorm for Higher Education
Our girl’s dorm has been serving as a pioneer for the higher education of girls in the Solukhumbu district since 2010. So far, eighty (80) girls have successfully graduated from the dorm, with 25% of them now working in their communities as the very first female teachers, health workers, and community mobilizers.
Weaving for Empowerment is our new project designed to help single mothers, widows, and young girls who are looking for opportunities to be independent. They have taken the opportunity to educate themselves in weaving skills at The Small World and are now producing beautiful traditional Nepali fabric called Dhaka, which most commonly is used as scarves but can also be woven into table runners, bed runners, and wall hangings. This project will enable them to earn a good living as well as provide a sustainable income source for The Small World to help train other women.
Visit us at Weaving for Empowerment to support these girls and women by purchasing their 100% hand woven traditional Nepali shawls for holiday or other special occasion gifts. Included in the purchase are their personal stories, a very touching tribute to their hopes for the future.
8. Volunteers Making a Difference – With the Benefits of Cultural Exchange
In 2016, we hosted around 100 volunteers, including student volunteers from Students Shoulder to Shoulder, Go Putney, National Geographic, and many individual groups to help build schools, shelters, and drinking water projects. Volunteering is great way to help, learn, grow, and have a life changing experience.
Thank you very much for all of your generous support and partnership. We look forward to continuing this much needed work in the year ahead. We hope that you will continue to work with us, because together we can make even more of a real difference in 2017!