beyond the epicenter explained
On April 25th 2015 a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal, bringing destruction and devastation to thousands of people. Hundreds of subsequent aftershocks, and especially the 6.9 magnitude shock on the 12th May, turned even more homes, schools and community buildings to rubble. The April 2015 Nepal earthquake killed nearly 9,000 people and injured over 22,000.
Jerry Wishner and his family partnered with GVN Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in the United States. Together with the Wishner family, they raise money to rebuild schools, and communities, across Nepal. Himalayan Quests Foundation is our partner on the ground in Nepal. They organize all the rebuild projects,
School Rebuild Status
SHREE BIGYAN PRABHA LOWER SECONDARY SCHOOL
SHREE MADAN-AASHRIT LOWER SECONDARY SCHOOL
SHREE CHANDIKA SECONDARY SCHOOL
next to be rebuilt!
Learn more about the schools we are helping to rebuild, many in remote areas where others are unwilling to go, as well as raising funds to rebuild health posts in rural areas to ensure access to health care for those that need it.
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Whether it's donating, hosting a fundraiser, or planning a trip to Nepal to provide hands-on help with the projects, every little helps.
Jerry and his family have been working to support our post 2015 earthquake rebuild project, whereby we are focusing on repairing/rebuilding schools and health posts. They have been supporting these projects since 2015 and have donated over USD$30,000 for schools and communities around Nepal.
Jerry’s middle daughter Melissa was trekking with Amrit, co-founder of Himalayan Quests Foundation, as part of a study abroad semester group, during last year’s earthquake. They were up in a canyon near the Tibet border when it hit and it was essentially down to Amrit’s amazing leadership skills that the whole group remained safe and sound and were eventually able to get back to Kathmandu. Despite the trauma of the whole event (dodging falling rocks in a canyon that is an 8 hour walk from a road head and phone reception while the earth continued to move!) Melissa really wanted to help give back to Nepal, as she had already given her heart to the country and its people. Knowing that the best thing should could do at that current time was to go home and get out of peoples way, she returned later that year when things had settled somewhat and brought her whole family with her – Mum, Dad and two sisters.
The GVN Foundation is a non-profit organization inspiring learning, innovation and action to unlock the potential of vulnerable communities around the world. Founded Colin Salisbury and Courtney Montague in 2005, the GVN Foundation began with the goal of providing a platform for GVN change makers to continue their support for their project overseas.
We believe that empowering communities is the key to changing the world. We do this by providing financial resources to grassroots organizations working with vulnerable women and children in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We use our collective experience in development, fundraising, advocacy, film making and mentorship to equip individuals and communities around the world to advocate and fundraise for the projects we wholeheartedly believe in.
GVN Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the United States. All donors are eligible for tax receipts.
In 2013, Himalayan Quests Foundation organized and ran its first series of free health camps in rural villages in the mid west of Nepal, offering locals access to health care not readily accessible in the area. Treating individuals, who would otherwise go untreated, these health camps make a powerful and lasting change in the lives of the thousands of patients that visit.
On April 25th 2015, a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal bringing destruction and devastation to thousands of people.
In response to this disaster Himalayan Quests Foundation launched its Nepal Earthquake Relief Appeal to allow it as an organization to help its staff and partner communities, firstly with immediate emergency relief and then, longer-term support with the rebuilding of schools and community buildings such as health posts.