[INDOLOGY] Fwd: FW: [CLUSTER-ALL] Call for Donations: Earthquake Nepal

Walter Slaje slaje at kabelmail.de
Mon Apr 27 15:37:20 UTC 2015

Circulated in compliance with the request of Professor Michaels.

Kindly regarding,
Walter Slaje

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From: Michaels, Axel <michaels at asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de>
Date: 2015-04-27 16:57 GMT+02:00
Subject: FW: [CLUSTER-ALL] Call for Donations: Earthquake Nepal
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Dear all,

During the past days, you all must have been concern about Nepal and
perhaps want  to know how and where to help. Here is a call for donations
that we have established. Please circulate it widely.

All the best,
Axel & Chris

SAI "Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund Heidelberg"

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

In response to the disastrous earthquake that struck Nepal and the
neighboring countries on 25 April, we approach you with the humble request
to help and support one of our initiatives. The SAI has just set up a
temporary “Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund Heidelberg” for this purpose. We
appreciate if you spread the word about our initiative, if you find it

What is this Relief Fund about?

Based on our longtime experience in Nepal, we want to provide both instant
help and help with a long-­-term perspective.

Since the earthquake, there have been numerous aftershocks, and even
another earthquake just a few hours ago. People across the country, in the
cities and the countryside, lack medical help, there are talks about
contaminated groundwater in wells, and the human and cultural aftermaths
only surface now, and will over the next weeks and months. Increasingly,
some help and expertise reaches the sites of disaster.

Since the 1960s, the South Asia Institute has several research activities
spread across different disciplines and themes, among which are
earthquakes, urbanization, ritual and textual studies, and history. Our
branch office, established in 1987, is based in Sanepa, Patan, a part of
Kathmandu, and run by Nadine Plachta, M.A. She is one guarantee for the
funds to arrive safely. All our contacts are personal.

*1. Support groups in need for instant help  *

In this light, we realize how important it is to instantly contribute to
the relief ofhuman suffering. One of our friends *Pushpa Basnet (CNN 2012
hero*), is running a children’s home called ‘early Childhood Development
Center’ in Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu. The residential home that was being
newly built for the children and teenagers, was badly damaged in the
context of the earthquake and right now, the children are put in a plastic
greenhouse (photo).

[image: http://www.sai.uni-heidelberg.de/pics/n1.jpg]

[image: http://www.sai.uni-heidelberg.de/pics/n2.jpg]

left: Pushpa Basnet to the left, with the children from the home.

“ECDC is dedicated to helping the children of imprisoned parents in Nepal,
many of whom were living inside the jails alongside their mothers. This is
no place for children and we are committed to giving them the shelter and
education needed to break the cycle of crime and poverty. ECDC's Butterfly
home provides these children a safe and nurturing environment where they
can spread their wings to discover a brighter future.” (ECDC website)

Since there are other organisations related to the support of people in
need in the earthquake context, who might be in instant need of support, we
appeal to your trust that we also take the liberty to donate to such
recipients in case we hear of their urgent need. We will try to inform you
about this, if you let us know that you would like to know. Our friends and
colleagues at the site will ensure the clean and direct transfer of money.

*2. Long-term reconstruction work needed*

Along with the other royal palace squares in Bhaktapur and Kathmandu, Patan
Darbar Square is part of UNESCO world heritage. It is a major attraction
for international tourism, a crucial economic motor for the small country.
But it is also a nodal point for the local cultural intangible and tangible
heritage of the Kathmandu Valley’s rich and long history and religious
traditions. Until today, the Patan Darbar Square is less a museum but a
place for all, lived, loved and vibrant. People identify with it, it is a
space where deities live(d), and humans mingle.

Based on our own research experience in Kathmandu, we are also aware of the
importance of tangible and intangible heritage there, not only for tourism
but for the ritual, social and cultural life of the local communities. Many
conversations we have had in the last hours, with friends who survived,
were marked by the relief to have been saved, along with most family
members, but also by the worries about the collapsed temples, the deities
who are now equally homeless as the humans.

This is why we want to collect money that will directly go towards the
reconstruction of *Patan Darbar* Square, one of the places where the
Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT.org) whose dedicated and
professional team we know since decades is situated.

Cynical as it seems but the KVPT has been majorly involved in *the
preservation* *and reconstruction of many sites* that now have collapsed.

“The Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT) was founded in 1991 with
the mission to safeguard the extraordinary and threatened architectural
heritage of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. The negative impact of today’s
development pressures poses a threat not only to individual monuments but
to the future of public space and urban life in the valley at large.

Over the past two decades, KVPT has saved over 50 historic buildings
including temples, step-wells, monasteries, palaces, and homes, and has
launched three major campaigns for preservation on an urban scale. KVPT
collaborates with community groups, local and international specialists,
educational institutions, and the Department of Archaeology of the
Government of Nepal. Restoration and conservation operations have initiated
key research and training programs, and the KVPT office in Patan Darbar
Square has become a resource center for architecture and urbanism in
Nepal.” (From KVPT.org)

 [image: http://www.sai.uni-heidelberg.de/pics/n3.jpg]

[image: http://www.sai.uni-heidelberg.de/pics/n4.jpg]

We can grant reliability in how the money will be used towards restoration
of the dilapidated structures. Since Nepal depends to a great extent on
tourism, we must make sure that this central source of income is guaranteed
as fast and professionally done as possible. But we also want to make sure
that the rich local social and ritual life is restored, along with the hope
thereof, since this will last many years. Moreover, we want to use our
regional competence to help the Nepali people and their unique heritage.
And we want you to know that you can trust that the money you donate is
securely invested.

If you want to donate, please transfer it to

Vereinigung der Freunde und Förderer des Südasien-­-Instituts e.V.
Sparkasse Heidelberg
Stichwort/title: “Erdbeben Nepal”, or, if you want to specify your
donation, add: “child-help” or “longterm reconstruction”
IBAN: DE37 6725 0020 0001 3006 95

A Spendenbescheinigung/donation receipt will be issued on request. If you
let us know your email address, you will be regularly informed about our

Heidelberg, 27. April 2015

Manik Bajracharya, Christiane Brosius, Martin Gieselmann, Niels Gutschow,
Rajan Khatiwoda, Axel Michaels, Marcus Nüsser, Nadine Plachta

Further information:

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