Started as a citizen-led initiative of proactive volunteering group after disastrous April 2015 earthquake in Nepal, Nepal Rises is now a registered not-for-profit organization. The name itself shows hope and and determination to not crumble, but soar higher. The journey hasn’t been an easy one as the organization had to thrive amidst the chaos of crisis.
Just after the quake, it worked to coordinate immediate relief materials for the survivors maintaining transparency and accountability. It had more than 500 local and foreign volunteers dedicated to the cause, who were mobilized to manage urgent needs of the survivors. The organization assessed the demand and supplied things like medicines, food, tents and sanitary materials accordingly. Now, it is working on rehabilitation and reconstruction.
How it all began
Brijendra Joshi, one of the founders of Nepal Rises, went to Tribhuwan University Teaching Hospital with primary motive to volunteer just after the quake where he came to witness hundreds of people suffering for the first time. He helped some people and faced some life changing situations. The same day, his other colleagues, Shashank and Sushil, from Startup Weekend gathered with the intention of helping people on individual level.
With humanitarian views, he met his colleagues, Shashank and Sushil, the next day at Patan Dhoka. Staffs of Smart Paani and Rooster Logic also came together after that. Together, they started networking with personal contacts who could be of help by using different technologies like social networking sites. Potential of online information was also recognized in identifying needs and locations of affected people.
The day after the quake, Casey Allred, a contact from Startup Weekend, who was working for anti-trafficking in India and Nepal with his organization Effect International, also showed desire to support. He and others from Startup Weekend started collecting funds from their network of people working at Google who had participated in an event organized by them. Casey pledged for the collected fund.
Efforts of thousands of people who wanted to help was unmanaged and random as there was lack of concrete information all over Nepal. So, the team formed together with other volunteers who were interested and started Nepal Rises as a volunteer coordinating and facilitating platform. Many local and international volunteers along with organizations showed interest to support the cause and gathered at the office or sent materials.
More than 500 volunteers joined and made a coordinated network. After that, work was divided according to the field of expertise of people. For effective functioning, all the volunteers were traced through GPS coordinates, were contacted continuously and verified needs of affected people as a monitoring mechanism.
Through perseverance, needs like that of supplies of food, medicines, water purification, tarpaulin and sanitation materials were identified and catered to. Food and shelter were basic needs that people had been deprived of at that time. Water purification, medicines and sanitation materials were distributed to prevent outbreaks of diseases. About Rs. 300, 000 worth of medicines and other required materials was provided within hours. People donated from Nepal and abroad in cash and kind, from which almost a third was donated by Nepali people.
A system was formulated for everything; needs were assessed by a team, supplies section sent the necessities and was dispatched by another team. Thus, Nepal Rises worked as a team for 15 crucial days after the earthquake and worked till other organizations took over the process and started going to the remote affected districts.
As an organization
On May 30th 2015, just after a month of the earthquake, Nepal Rises officially registered as a non-profit organization, with intentions of having better transparency and to work for a long term. It was done so because a disaster not only brings immediate destruction, but has long term aftermaths like homelessness and famine if proper steps are not taken. So, Nepal Rises has been partnering with different volunteering groups and organizations to have permanent impacts in earthquake affected districts of Nepal.
Rescue and relief purposes have transformed into rehabilitation and development, and so Nepal Rises has been working as a non-profit organization for emergency disaster response and rehabilitation since then. From relief, the efforts had transitioned and focused on transitional shelters and TLCs for a few months. Currently, reconstruction of schools with basic facilities for the students are being planned and implemented.
Nepal Rises is grateful for all the support from everyone till now and would appreciate further help and support. For that, you can donate to support our efforts at: donate to our cause or contact us.