86 homes destroyed and the local school lost everything.
So the story so far…
Nepal had two earthquakes in April 2015. The first with a magnitude of 7.8Mw happened at 11.56 on Saturday 25th April when fortunately most people were out. Unfortunately, there were a few older people and young children at home.
Many people died along with their animals and stored crops.
A second earthquake came in a day later and just about finished the rest of the buildings off. Thangpalkot1 was cut off for weeks from the rest of the world along with all the other villages in this district – the more you get involved, the more stories you will hear.
Watch the videos further down this page and you will see what has been going on..
The district of Sindapulchowk has still received very little assistance from their own government being so very far away from Kathmandu – in Paul’s opinion, they have very much been forgotten.
Paul Campbell and his son Will went to Thangpalkot1 by chance in December 2015 and spent Christmas there with a man called Derek Cowan who had come across the village when he bumped into Renzen in Kathmandu Nepal – Paul and Will experienced the devastation the earthquake had caused and watched the first home being rebuilt.
Paul then went back with his other son Jamie went in December 2016 and built some more homes, bought the school some new desks and a water tank.
Then back again in April 2017 to manage and oversee the 10 homes paid for by the Fine and Country Foundation that Sean Newman instigated.
….. and here we are 26 homes later.
We have 55 or so more to build and this is only in this one village.
It only costs £1600 to purchase and transport enough materials to get one property built. The villagers fund their own labour, create their own hard core and get sand from the river.
Paul explains it like this. ‘Imagine the community you live in and all the homes collapse. Now whether you own the home or you have a loan on it, it is not insured. You don’t have a lot but you’re happy. You gather what you can from the rubble of your home and you make a temporary shack. You sit there and have no choice but to wait for the universe to supply a solution. You have the resources and the community to rebuild but you just do not have the funds to get materials to the village – the nearest supplier is 6 hours away by truck!’
As in all societies we have the very poor and vulnerable, through no fault of their own, the lazy, the motivated and the leaders. We have all these too in Thangpalkot1 and we have a method to protect everyone from favouritism and corruption, hence, you will see our agreements being explained and signed for. Every penny we raise will go straight to these families.
One man told Paul that when they turned up he thought Paul and Will were going to bring a bag of rice – little did he know that Paul had been watching him all over that Christmas from the terrace above and was coming back. If you ever get the chance to meet Paul ask him to tell your the story.
Now since then we have had some amazing support from local people and businesses but we need to continue to raise awareness and funds to finish what we have started.
We are not here to change these people. They don’t need changing they just need a roof over their head.
For now that is our concentration – re-building one home at a time.
We’ll suggest some other solutions to help as and when the time is right.
We go back to the village in October this year so if you can help by donating then please click on the donate button.
Re-building Homes And Lives, One At A Time
If you would like to become an ambassador or a sponsor for our foundation or raise some money for an individual family please come and make yourself known – many people and business’s have done it and found it very rewarding.
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It is a truly fascinating story.
If you want to follow Paul on his trek up to Everest Base Camp in October and his next visit to Thangpalkot1 then he would be delighted for you to share in the journey Click Here
Paul and his friend Dean are joining Sean Newman from the Fine and Country Estate Agency group with 4 of his friends to raise even more money – it will be worth following the Thangpalkot1 team on their 12 day trek.
The more donations we receive the more homes we can re-build.
Thangpalkot 1 is one of many villages completely cut off back in April 2015 and is still very difficult to get to.
If you live in Nepal and you are more than 2 hours away from Kathmandu you are very cut off from the rest of the world.
The Campbells Foundation is lead by Paul and his team here in Daventry – Carla looks after the finances, Jamie looks after the digital marketing and Laura looks after the ambassadors and the sponsors.
In Nepal the team there is lead by Renzen who is supported by Om and Jeetay.
“I have the good fortune to help property investors ‘Turn Houses Into Homes’ as part of my daily activity but I never once thought I would be helping people in Nepal re-build homes too.
I really didn’t realise it was that bad in Nepal and worse still, it still is!
It’s a long story how I got involved but feel free to ask…”
So how did this start?
In November 2015 Paul Campbell, by chance, was having a Facetime conversation with his friend Derek in Nepal and within minutes he knew he had to do something to help – so a plan was hatched.
Derek Cowan is picured on the left in the village known as Thangpalkot 1 in the District of Sindhupalchok north east of Kathmandu.
‘It’s funny how things work out’ said Paul, ‘I have known Derek for a few years albeit with only 2 face to face meetings but we have kept in touch via social media ever since – this man is quite incredible.
Here is the story so far;
On his travels Derek gets introduced to Renzen who in turn takes him to his village that was destroyed in the April 2015 earthquakes – well put it this way there were only 6 homes left, 86 destroyed.
In April 2015 800,000 homes were destroyed in Nepal.
When I interviewed Derek back in November 2015, this is what he had to say:
What happened to this village and when? There were 2 devastating earthquakes on 25th April 2015.
How long has it been like this? The devastation is still here.
How does the village rally together? I rallied them together, I encouraged them to pull together and show the world what a real community can do. I assured them that I was there to help put the funds donated straight into their hands. Unlike larger organisations that either give part money or little over time.
How many homes affected and give us some info on the school? 86 destroyed only 6 standing after the quake. The school has been re-built but now they need desks and chairs to sit on.
Now that the villagers have learnt how to re-build Derek has since moved on to pastures new but they need continued support.
Paul keeps in regular touch with the headmaster of the school which is interesting.
Where are you in Nepal exactly and what’s it like there? Thangpalkot 1 in Sindhupalchok district, northeast of Kathmandu – the worst hit area. One of many village cut off and still very difficult to get to. Life is tough here. Communal water well for drinking water, shower and for washing clothes.
The water comes straight from the mountains. I’m living in a tent at the moment, which is freezing through the night. All food is home grown, on the fields/terraces that surround them. Life is great for me, waking up with the Himalayas and the beautiful landscape, you really can’t beat it!
What’s happened since you have arrived and what’s you plan next? Having only been here 6 days, I have started first home already, with second site being prepared. I don’t mess about, when i’m passionate about something, i’ll make it happen. There will be 86 homes built here. Like mentioned above I will look at raising funds for rebuilding the school.
What can we do to help? Give this area and cause the attention it deserves. Fund raise till you have so much money, we can build a school. Share the message, PR, market the hell out of this amazing cause and be you 🙂
DONATE TODAY please and help us re-build homes and lives, one at a time.
As well as money we also accept unwanted US dollars and colouring books and pens for the children in the village.
Account details Campbells Foundation Sort Code: 207348 Account No: 43386368