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

Dipak Bhattacharya dipak.d2004 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 28 03:08:07 UTC 2015

The call deserves sympathetic attention.
In India, however, local organizations are collecting and arranging for
despatch. In such cases our University, too, usually deducts a portion from
the pay of employees and ex-employees and sends it thru the Central
Government. The Central Government is active in raising fund.
My own state West Bengal too is affected, so is neighboring Bihar badly. A
huge task before us.

On Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 9:07 PM, Walter Slaje <slaje at kabelmail.de> wrote:

> Circulated in compliance with the request of Professor Michaels.
> Kindly regarding,
> Walter Slaje
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> 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
> To: Judith de Boer <judithdeboer at web.de>, Kai Michaels <kaimichaels at web.de>,
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> sondra.hausner at anthro.ox.ac.uk>, Walter Slaje <slaje at kabelmail.de>,
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> Cc: Nadine Plachta <nadijeschda at gmx.net>, Niels Gutschow <
> Gutschow at t-online.de>, "Brosius, Christiane" <
> brosius at asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de>
> 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
> convincing.
> 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
> relief.
> Heidelberg, 27. April 2015
> Manik Bajracharya, Christiane Brosius, Martin Gieselmann, Niels Gutschow,
> Rajan Khatiwoda, Axel Michaels, Marcus Nüsser, Nadine Plachta
> Further information:
> http://www.sai.uni-heidelberg.de/spendenaufruf-nepal.php,
> http://www.asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de/en/sai-nepal-fund/
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