Herzlich Willkommen !! Welcome !! Namaste !!
There was a lot to talk about when the members of Ujyalo Nepal met with Heinrich Strohmeyer in Katmandu on the 4th of March 2017. Which are the current situations and the different Projects, which kinds of problems come up and what's the best way to find solutions? The huge amount of aid measures that have been accomplished already, demand sufficient structures and organization. Decision-making and work
procedures need to be coordinated. Responsibilities and measures to control and
review the process in the different Projects need to fit a specific demand to harmonize. In that context, fast communication and documentation carry huge importance. Based on that, "project management" was discussed as the major topic during the meeting.
In addition, especially pleased: The first chairman of Ujyalo Nepal, Dr. Rabindra, welcomed four new members at Ujyalo Nepal, who would like to contribute to the project with great commitment in the future. Sonam Sherpa, head of a trekking agency, will establish an important, very Close relationship with the people in the earthquake area around Sailung. Sanyay Tamang, who has been socially and politically active in Nepal for many years, will be able to provide important support, especially in the Panchkhal area. The young Rakshya Karki has just finished school and would like to gain practical experience in social work. Vishnu Gyanwalli is now a member of Ujyalo Nepal. The longtime tour guide and specialist for Buddhist and Hindu sights, who speaks fluent English and German, knows the Nepalese administration very well and will provide valuable help with his contacts and experience. To all new members: We welcome you and wish much joy and success at work !! Click here for the team.....
On the 28th of February 2017 15 girls and 11 boys were waiting for the truck. As Bishnu, Amrith and Heinrich Strohmeyer arrived, happiness spread among the children since with them the materials for the new classroom arrived. Things like carpets, seat cushions and tables were provided as new furnishing for their classroom of the school kindergarten of the Narayansthan Elementary School.After Amrith and his father Bishnu finished installing the new equipment, the moment was about to come. With their eyes wide open 4 in 50 children finally able to enter their new classroom together with their teachers Ms. Ambika Devi Gautam and Ms. Laxmi Duial.
Concerning or a project this was the final step to support this school. After building two new school buildings including gutters, water pipes and a water tank the establishment of 8 classrooms with 30 seats and tables, the principal of the school Tikha Bahadur Khafle and his brother Dhauda Praad Khaple were very happy and satisfied. Then again thanked Ujyalo Nepal for all the support. Ujyalo Nepal wishes the children and teachers good luck and joy for the future.
"Thousands of People died last year during the heavy earthquake in Nepal, that affected the poorest of the poor . The world is looking at other things today - Nepal is far away again. But we continue to help."
The students of the Schmallenberg Gymnasium collected a lot of money to enable the repair of the Shree Chandenee Secondary School in Jaishithok, Zero Km. Now there are good news from Heinrich Strohmeyer: For 14 days, builder Sagar Rai has been working 12 hours a day with his crew - 5 men and a woman. The progress is already remarkable after only a few days, and the building will be ready to be used in the course of two months. For the 139 female and 91 male students aged between 5 and 18, school continues despite the structural limitations. The children all come from the surrounding area, their parents are simple farmers, work in the brick production or are even working on the building. However, the new school buildings offer further opportunities: The headmaster, Mr.. Adhikari and the chairman of the School management committee, Mr.. Neupane are already looking into the future. They would like to set up an 11th class in which the topic of "Management" is to be taught. This would make it much easier for many students to enter a profession or even go to University. We would also like to accompany and support them in the future.
"The Ujyalo team and the school appreciate your support very much.
Please help us continue in the future!"
The New Year has begun and it is time to forge the plans for 2017. Some things are to be re-launched, others need to improve. The school in zero kilometer, for example, or the housebuilding project with training by "Build up Nepal" in Shikharpur. Since the fall of last year, Heinrich Strohmeyer has been a "Nepalese" who knows the people and the country as well as Johannes and Norbert. Old friends find themselves together again. Thanks for the support!!! And in February, Heinrich is going back to help in Nepal...
Good news from our friends at Ujyalo Nepal. Amrit Malli and his father Bishnu are allowed to hand over the first 30 school benches to the Shree Narayansthan School in Shikapur. Freshly welded together and painted in the typical Nepalese blue. Are the children more motivated to study now? Bishnu seems to recall his childhood days, in which he would have liked to have such school furniture.
© Video: Johannes Börger, Musik: mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Sattva Music
It is autumn 2016, about 1 1/2 years have gone since the heavy earthquakes. Nepal continues to reach out for a piece of normality. Johannes Börger travels back to Nepal with 17 friends to get to know the beauty of the country and the friendliness of the people - despite the destruction and the lack of support from the government.
"Trekking is possible again." Through their presence alone, These tourists, mainly from the Sauerland Region in Germany, significantly help the country and the people. But they do more. Today Johannes and Co. are bringing good news to the 9-year-old Roman Dhakal who is partially paralyzed. A private initiative supports him with a basic care, but a normal development is hardly possible for the boy under the difficult conditions in Nepal. Today, Johannes can inform Roman and his family, that LICHTBLICK NEPAL e.V. will take care of the additional costs for their care and schooling. The joy is great. Tourism and humanitarian aid belong together in Nepal - today more than ever.
"Education is future-proof and it will pay off." Jochen Voss, head of the VHS Olpe, talked about this topic at an information event of our association "Lichtblick Nepal e.V.". A lot has already been achieved in the earthquake areas through the donation of funds in the past year: around 1000 emergency rooms for families were built, warm blankets and fleece jackets for the older people and students were distributet, water filters were built. One of the next steps is the creation of a structure that relies on education. Norbert Grobbel and Johannes Börger, together with their teams in Germany and Nepal, have been working on this goal for about 12 months, day by day. Meanwhile, in spite of many bureaucratic and political difficulties in Nepal, 15 rooms in 5 schools could be repaired in the villages. Now there are regular classes again. The ice seems broken, the donation money can be invested increasingly better, thanks to the functioning interplay of the two clubs. In addition to the ongoing help for single women and widows as well as older people, the association will continue to focus particularly on sustainability: women's homes will be repaired or rebuilt, Nepalese self-help groups will be supported and the people in the villages should be provideed with technical support as well as construction materials and simple, manual Tools and machinery to be used to reconstruct their houses. Very important is that Norbert Grobbel and Johannes Börger agree that the people in the villages themselves actively participate and "take their destiny and their future into their own hands ". Norbert Grobbel and Johannes Börger are particularly emphasizing this. This is also necessary, because up to now the victims situation has hardly improved up to now. article: Sauerlandkurier vom 20.6.2016
Tightly crowded, about 30 children are sitting on the narrow benches and listen to the words and gestures of their teacher. In this school in Deupur, the lessons have begun again, and thus a piece of normality for the children after the earthquake. Our team in
Nepal as well as Johannes Börger and Norbert Grobbel have succeeded in realizing the reconstruction of the heavily damaged school building in a very short time. A worthwhile effort and a great success.The children can now get back to learning. For them there is only one chance in the long term to break out of the wheel of poverty - education.
In the past few days Bishnu and Amrit Malli of our Ujyalo Nepal team, supported by some friends, were able to distribute over 300 warm blankets to people in need of help. They were longingly waiting for the truck. When he finally arrived, the was great joy. The people formed a long queue and recieved the blankets with pride and
gratitude. Meanwhile, the nights are bitterly cold and the houses of the villagers are completely inadequately isolated. The fact that this measure was realized in Nepal despite the difficult supply situation has to be thanked our friends and partners of Ujyalo Nepal and their great commitment… Picture gallery
For the inhabitants of Mahankhal Chaur this Saturday was a very special day. They came together early to wait for "the truck". Its load: thick, padded, warm blankets. 315 pieces, well packed into waterproof bags. Finally, our friends of Ujyalo Nepal can distribute the "blankets" to those who, as a result of the earthquake's destruction, would be particularly vulnerable to winter temperatures: elderly, single people, widows and families from the lower castes. It was not possible to isolate the houses before the first, cool winter days because of the energy crisis in Nepal. The blockade to India either prevented the purchase and transport of the necessary building
material or made it unaffordable. So our friends of "Ulyalo Nepal" had the idea to buy and distribute these warming blankets. The inhabitants of Mahankhal Chaur are very grateful for this help.…Picture gallery
Melamchi Ghyang, located at an altitude of 2500 m, is located in the middle of the epicenter of the earthquake in Sindhupalchok. When we came to the village in the autumn of 2015, we first saw a picture of total destruction. But the inhabitants seemed
somewhat more optimistic and agile than others. Next to the ruins of their houses, they had prepared weather-resistant and attractive huts and lodges, to offer hikers secure accommodations and good supplies. However, the school of the village has been hit hard and reconstruction is difficult. At least 140 students must now spend the cold, long winter in simple tents. As we visited the school, the children were with their parents….more
Eight months have passed since the earthquakes. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we were able to help many earthquake victims and to alleviate the suffering of the people. The association "Lichtblick Nepal e.V." is thanking you very
much for this great support! In the name of the many helpers of the Project, Johannes Börger, Norbert Grobbel and Franz-Josef Pape wish you all the best, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
No - the great, famous
trekking tours in the Everest region and the Annapurna Circuit have not been tested by us this year. But in Nepal we spoke to people who had gone through these two famous treks, six months after the earthquakes - before their tour and after their tour. Their unambiguous conclusion: Fantastically beautiful, no impairments caused by the earthquakes. The people in the mountains are looking forward to more tourists. This year the Trekkers have almost been alone at the highest mountains ...impressions
We were drawn to a Project in the small village of Kaule, about 25 km northwest of Kathmandu. With the help of a German association, a so-called "Erdsackhaus" was to be built: easy to build, earthquake-proof, inexpensive and with similar comforts as the houses destroyed by the earthquakes. We visited Kaule...more
Villages, which are particularly affected by the earthquake, always bump into our helpers attention: the families have a lack of men. Most of them look for their happiness as a migrant worker in the Gulf region. Thus, the surviving women and the elderly often stand alone to fight against the consequences of the disaster and the poverty. Actually the daily life is already hard enough, but now also the houses and fields have to be rebuilt again. Johannes Börger meets such a family
The current blockade of supply routes to India leads to energy bottlenecks throughout Nepal. This also makes our teams work more difficult. Despite all the difficulties, there is still good progress, as here in Shikarpur...more info
While large parts of Kathmandu, contrary to the first media coverage, have remained intact, the situation in the villages north of Dhulikhel is radically different. In larger towns, the infrastructure is in significant harm. On the streets, women are searching for remaining parts of their old houses that could be reused. Small villages in the mountains are completely destroyed ... Snapshots
Her husband died in the mountains. From plastic sheets and sticks, the mother has built a provisional hut in the ruins of their house. For now until after the monsoon they have to live in a shelter. But they need to get a new house ... read more
In Lamusangu between
Dhulikhel and Jiri, a provisional infirmary was built by Malteser. Our assistant Marianne a Nijeholt administers first aid and offers support in wound care. The people gather hope, since it has been told that there is help in the earthquake Region...read more
Since the heavy earthquakes there haven't been any tourists. This means that many people have lost a fundamental basis for their livelihood, which, in the past, has given them a decent life and a future for the children. When and where can you go trekking safely again? What do the affected people want....read more
Über 1000 Schulen dürften in Nepal durch das Beben zerstört worden sein. Ein regulärer Unterricht kann dort nicht mehr stattfinden. Viele Eltern müssen ihre Kinder zu Freunden und Verwandten geben, da sie zu Hause mit dem Wiederaufbau ihrer Häuser und der dringenden Bestellung ihrer teils erheblich beschädigten Felder beschäftigt sind. Als unser Helferteam eine Schule besucht, wird ihnen ein herzlicher Empfang bereitet...Video schauen
In Lamusangu Marianne a Nijeholt helped in a provisional hospital for two weeks. In the few free hours she had, she turned her attention on nature and people. "The earthquake has changed Nepal." In the midst of a breathtaking nature, people try to
return to their daily lives through hard work. Idyll and destruction, this is the "new" image of Nepal ...
In a large school in Deupur, where up to 500 pupils from all over the world were taught, all classrooms were destroyed by the earthquake. Until winter, the school runs in emergency mode...read more
Heinrich Strohmeyer is currently in Nepal:
"Once again, we were able to distribute light-weight winterjackets and today the students of the Shree Gyan Jyoti Lower Secondary School in Lamatar, Lalitpur, were looking forward to it. Though the winter is slowly coming to an end, it is still cold outside, especially in the mornings and evening. The school educates 43 pupils aged between 3 to 12 , who are supervised by 6 teachers in 7 classrooms."They are mainly from Tamang families emigrating here, and it happens that not every day every student can go to school because they are needed at home. This is certainly not the last time we will be actively helping this school. Unfortunately, as with many state
schools, school and learning material for the students are missing. But, we're working on it! "
In the middle of the winter warm jackets were distributed to children in the small village of Lhubu. The families are spending the second cold winter in their small home village. The living conditions are still bad, the provisional houses, in which most have to live, do not offer proper protection from the cold. Now, warming jackets help
alleviate the need a little. Our friends Bishnu, Prabhakar and other helpers of
Ujyalo Nepal are happy to be able to distribute "their gifts" to the children who were looking forward to our help. Many thanks to all donors !! Photos: Amrita Malli
Two heavy earthquakes hit the "Shree Chandenee Scondary School" last year in Nepal, destroyed the buildings and destroyed important inventory. The situation in the earthquake areas has not improved to the present day, especially for the children - on the contrary, often further intensified. Especially the young people in the villages have barely overcome the trauma and are afraid of their future. They are also looking for a way back to their daily lives through school and education. For the children of the "Shree Chandee Scondary School" in Zero Kilometer there is hope now: The students of the Schmallenberg Gymnasium in Germany would like to help them …read more
In the autumn of 2016, Johannes Börger and friends from the Sauerland region went trekking in the Annapurna region, along with Sherpas from the earthquake areas. They want the tourists to come back to Nepal, get to know their country and give them work. Trekking is possible again. Great impressions from their trip.
© Video: Johannes Börger, Music: courtesy by Sattva Music
Marianne a Nijeholt is back in Lamusangu. In this village, between Dhulikhel and Jiri, a provisional clinic
was installed a few days after the earthquakes. Everyone was needed to help relieve the suffering of the victims in the most difficult conditions. Marianne is part of the team. In spite of all the strain, after working in the clinic,
she did not shy away from the effort to help a girl in the mountains, which had
suffered from burns. Marianne has now returned with her husband. The girl and
her family are looking forward to seeing the 'Marianne Guard' suddenly standing
in front of the door. The girl looks very lively, the wounds are healed, only a few scars remain. A story, a little like a fairy tale. Way to Lamusangu...
Our trekking groups in the autumn of 2016. Nepal: Not only a crisis area, but also a hiking destination? The well-known, international travel guide "Lonely Plant" published it straveling trends for next year. On place 5 of the "TOP TEN COUNTRIES": Nepal. At the best value for money, Nepal even ranked first! 17 tourists, who have been traveling together with Johannes Börger in the mountains of the Himalayas and have lived close to the people and talked a lot with them can now explain the reasons for the ranking. Dreamlike, overwhelming nature, extremely hospitable, polite and humble people and fascinating cultures. This is a travel experience. So what about the earthquake areas? The guests, accompanied by Johannes and some Nepali friends, could take a picture of the people in the earthquake areas and get impressions about the progress of our aid as well as the practical possibilities, but also difficulties. For all travelers this was a special and valuable experience. And the victims of the earthquakes also benefit from these visits. They wish trekking guests to come back and are very happy about the understanding and interest they are facing. They do not want to be forgotten - and we do not want to forget them. Thank you all travelers and guests for your interest !!!
Good news from Shikharpur. The school building has been repaired and school can take place again, just as before the earthquakes. Some teachers and students are happily posing in front of the light blue building for a photo. The building is fully functional and earthquake proof. Thankfully, the "Heid donation group" had taken
over the cost of restoring the building and facilities. Finally a piece of normality, a piece of everyday life returns to the people of the village.
When Jochen Voß, head of the Ols VHS, brought the information event on the current
situation in the nepalese earthquake areas and the help of our association "Lichtblick Nepal eV" to an end, he once again focused on the current, difficult situation of education. "Education is the Bank of the Poor," he concludes The "Donation Group Heid", which has been financially supporting people in need, especially children, for over 25 years, took this message to their hearts, taking over the cost of € 20,000 to repair the school in Shikharpur. The students finally have got a place to study again
A year later at the same place. Johannes Börger in close contact with victims of the
earthquakes. The situation - sobering. As if the earth had shaken yesterday. People must continue to live in provisional huts and cabinets without any governmental support. The only things that seem to work are small, private initiatives. Together with members of Uyjalo Nepal, Johannes inspects the progress of our actions. New help, which will directly affect the local people, is in preparation...Pictures
Hand in hand with the people, our help in Shikarpur is now progressing significantly. Together with women of the village Norbert Grobbel discusses how the new community Building is to be built and designed. The villagers, mainly the women, need the building. In the future, they would like to be consulted on health issues and
to learn together. The "village house" will also serve them as a place for negotiating and disbursing the so-called "Mikokredite" with which they want and need to improve their livelihoods. 3.000, - € of the costs will be covered by Uyjalo Nepal, the remaining 1.000, - € will be brought up by the people themselves. With this support, we are also hoping to strengthen the community spirit of the villagers in the long term. Still, further relief measures are necessary, the school for example is considerably destroyed
For four weeks Norbert Grobbel traveled together with a small helper team and our friends from Ujyalo Nepal in the earthquake areas of Nepal. Four weeks between poverty and destruction, between frugality and cautious confidence, between crises and the will of many victims to help themselves. Despite many uncertainties and bureaucratic hurdles, essential aid measures could be initiated, measures that benefit the poorest of the poor and guarantee sustainability. Before his home trip to Germany, Norbert describes the current situation in Nepal and the
current activities in the project - on the one hand: sobering, on the other hand: creating hope .
Our team and friends of Ujyalo Nepal are already working on the concrete preparations for further relief measures. We would like to repair the damaged underground tanks, which were used for drinking water at two schools and repair damaged gutters. For Europeans this is hard to believe: Drinking water is absolute shortage in many areas of Nepal right now. In the villages of Kavre-Panchok, for example, a family of five has an average of only 30 liters of water a day (!) For life and survival. We want the children to have access to clean water in their schools in the
"Thank you and greetings to Norbert and Johannes!" When we visited the village of Naya Gaun in the autumn, we met the women living there in the only stone building
that survived the earthquake, the former primary school. They are all illiterate. After finishing their work they get the opportunity to go to this place to learn how to read and write. Best regards are being send by a Catholic women group from the Rhineland, who had donated specifically for this purpose and handed them a small flag…read more
Nice news reached us in the last days. In the short term, our friends of Ujyalo Nepal managed to provide the children of four schools in the region around Hoksey VDC with warm jackets. Currently, there is deep winter. Only a very few houses are heated, the School rooms are not. Our helper team around Amrit had some trouble to keep up with the insistence of the little ones. The distribution was well prepared and
organized and the joy was great as the truck finally advanced. In Nepal, the children wear school uniforms. Our team in Nepal organized jakets that fit the uniform colours...Image gallery
Two hours of dust and dirt, no sight, panic, screams, noisy prayers. In Tarkyeghyang, three hours' walk from Melamchigaon, about 140 closely-built houses collapsed like dominoes. The whole village, on a slight slope, was destroyed in a few seconds. One woman died in the rubble, the others were in the fields and survived. Most People have moved to friends and acquaintances in the valley. It is uncertain if they
will ever return. But not everyone resignes. On our Trekkingtour through the
earthquake area, the 24-year-old Jhictal Dorji Lama…read more
Especially now, as the energy crisis in Nepal makes our aid measures much more difficult, the cooperation with our Nepalese partner network "Ujyalo Nepal" shows to
work reliably and smoothly. The difficult conditions in Nepal currently provide little scope for humanitarian aid. Despite the difficult conditions and all the adversities, we are pleased that, together with our friends in Nepal, we are able to directly help the earthquake victims quickly, flexibly and unbureaucratically. Supplying the inhabitants of Mahankhal Chaur with urgently needed blankets was one of these measures. Others are in the preparation and implementation: distributing warming jackets for students, repairing and equipping schools, constructing a community house, supporting a water Project. Thank you to all who are involved. About us...
The roof has crumbled over her head, her stables remain as debris and ashes, the monsoon of the week has soaked the floor of her farm. The woman crouches in the doorway of her "house". She desperatly looks at the team of helpers ... read more