Re-building homes and lives, one at a time
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 Hrinzen 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.
Derek meets and stays one night with Hrinzen’s Grandmother and that’s when he realises he can do something.
The lovely lady in our picture is Grandma – her home that you see in this shot was re-built first last year.
Paul and his son Will jumped on a plane and took over some funds to help and stayed in the village Christmas week – they got to know the families very well.
At Campbells we raised enough money to re-build 2 homes out of the 8 that were finished earlier this year.
We have been raising money for this village ever since!
So this is the agenda:
In December Paul and Jamie Campbell will be revisiting Thangkalpot1 Nepal – they arrive in Kathmandu on the 4th December to prepare for the 6 hours off-road journey.
While they are in Kathmandu they will purchase a water tank and school desks for the school and enough materials to re-build at least 4 further homes.
However this very much depends on funds raised – please help if you can.
The more donations we receive the more homes we can re-build.
The material cost of each home is just £1200 so we could, if we all work together, help build a few homes – the villagers have the know how, they just don’t have the funds.
If you get involved the same way as we have you will soon realise that for just a little bit of effort we can make a difference.
You can follow the progress and see what effect we have already achieved – stay tuned via:
It is a truly fascinating story.
If you want to follow Paul on his travels through India to Nepal in December then he would be delighted for you to share the experience Click Here
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