CURRENT, FUTURE & PAST PROJECTS
Since 2010 Basa Village Foundation has helped fund many projects that have increased health and safety, water distribution, education, electricity and more. We are consistently in conversation with community leaders to evaluate current as well as future projects.
Earthquake Repairs 2015-2016
The Basa Village Foundation USA Inc. has opened a GoFundMe account as a way for those who would like to respond to the pressing needs in Nepal due to the earthquakes in April & May 2015. We have a sister foundation with HQ in Katmandu, Basa Village Foundation Nepal NGO, which is in charge of distribution of funds raised for purchase of needed goods and services. Our main contact in Nepal, Niru Rai, Chairman of BVF-Nepal reports that Basa village has suffered catastrophic damage.
We are prudent in how funds are distributed and remain true to our corporate principles of culturally sensitive development in partnership with the local people who will do all the work for re-building and construction without compensation and own the results of our financial contributions.
As of October 2015 we have transferred $40,000 to the account of the Basa Foundation NGO in Katmandu. Nirus team will use these funds to purchase rebuilding materials for residents of Basa and other nearby villages. We also released funds for the purchase of a brick making machine in the amount of $2,000 to go to the New Hope Foundation hospice & womens shelter to help with rebuilding its facility. We received an earmarked donation from fundraisers by our friend, Mary Shuller, of $4,061 for rebuilding the village of Ramati Nepal by the Hope and Peace Foundation. Per approval of our Board, that same amount has been released to contribute to the rebuilding project in Ramati.
Education of a Nursing Student
The next project we are considering is financing the education of a nursing student from the Basa area to complete her/his education with a commitment that she/he will return to Basa to provide healthcare services. Fundraising for this project has begun.
Sanitation and Community Center
We have began discussing with the villagers to add more computers for the school as well as develop latrines and a community center for the village. Currently, only the school has a charpi (toilet in Nepali). Sanitation within the village will be greatly improved with a water system and toilets available to all the villagers. A community center would provide food storage space for scarce times and a venue for community gatherings. We await a formal request for assistance with these projects from village leaders. If plans are finalized and a budget developed by the village, then we will be ready to move ahead with fundraising specifically for these projects.
Building of a New School 2014
On March 4, 2014 the BVF-USA agreed to provide $5,000 to the BVF-Nepal to construct a new school building in Basa village. Sol Himal, a French NGO, is contributing $7,000. The combined contribution of $12,000 will provide sufficient funds to purchase the materials needed to construct a new school building for the 5-grade village school. Villagers will provide the labor necessary for the construction, which is supervised by the members of the village school board.
Water Delivery System – 2012-2014
The BVF-USA successfully completed its fundraising campaign for a water delivery system for Basa village in November 2012. The Foundations members approved transfer of $29,000 to our sister organization, the BVF-Nepal, at our annual meeting on Dec. 11, 2012.
During the monsoon season, water is typically plentiful in the Solu-Khumbu region, cascading from the hillsides and filling terraced rice paddies. Throughout the rest of the year, the people of Basa have to walk long distances over very steep terrain to bring buckets of water to their homes. The BVF-Nepal retained a local engineer, Bharu man Rai, to design a system which will divert water from a nearby spring and pipe it to taps outside the homes in the village. BVF member and engineer, Ben Snyder, trekked to Basa in September 2012 to review Bharus plan. Ben approved the design and budget for all materials and transportation in the amount of $29,000. The villagers will provide all labor for construction at no cost. The system will be maintained and owned by the village. It will be managed by a committee of supervisors chosen by the villagers. Construction was planned for the winter of 2013.
BVF members in conjunction with Marian University students trekked to Basa village in late May 2013 and reviewed the status of the water project. We reviewed plans with village leaders and inventoried the PVC pipe that has already been purchased for the project. Under Bharus supervision villagers intend to begin construction in the fall after the monsoon rains end. Our group also delivered additional educational materials and supplies to the village school and reviewed the educational curricula for the classes and use of the computers previously supplied to the school. The villagers finished the water project in 2014.
Basa Village Visit and Donation of Resources- 2011
In October 2011 our philanthro-trekking group of Mike Miller, Joel Meyers, Dennis Mathews, Chris & Jeanne Taylor, Karlin & Ursula Meyers and Jeff Rasley went to Basa village. The following donations were made:
The group delivered 5 laptop computers, 23 pairs of childrens shoes and miscellaneous school supplies to the Basa Village School; Chris's employer, Nimbus, donated the computers; Changing Footprints of Indianapolis donated the shoes and group members donated the school supplies.
Chris and Jeanne spent an afternoon instructing the schools faculty and five hand-picked students in basic computer skills on the laptops. One of the teachers, Assam Rai, helps teach all students how to use the laptops.
Hydroelectric Electricity 2011
The group also witnessed the success of the Hydroelectric Project and use of lights in the village, which was made possible by the The First Friends Basa Village Project and Miller Family Foundation. In 2010 The First Friends Basa Village Project and Miller Family Foundation raised $20,000 to purchase and install 2 hydroelectric generators and wiring for electricity for the Basa village area of 62 homes. On February 21, 2011 lights were turned on for the first time in the history of Basa village. Deforestation has been reduced as firewood is no longer needed for lighting.
The electric system and computers will greatly benefit the school children. School children have had no access to the outside world, as there is no regular mail delivery, phone service, TV or Internet connection in the village. Unfortunately, many of the school children will be forced to leave Basa as the small family farms cannot support extended families. So, preparation to cope with living and working in an urban area, like Katmandu, is extremely important for the school children. Providing lighting to the village and computers for the school will thus not only improve the quality of life in the village, it will greatly benefit village children as they will be computer literate when they move to an urban area.
Smokeless Stoves by First Friends Project 2011
The First Friends Project raised sufficient funds in 2011 to purchase the parts to construct 62 smokeless stoves for the village. Members of our trekking group visited homes throughout the village and were shown the smokeless stoves now in each home in Basa. The villagers were especially proud of their own work in assembling the stoves and building chimneys into their homes.
Smokeless stoves will have significant health benefits for the villagers. Currently firewood is the primary fuel for heating and cooking. Villagers inhale carbon smoke every day, so by significantly reducing the reliance on firewood, there should be a great reduction in cardio-pulmonary disease and cataracts. Smokeless stoves will also significantly reduce deforestation. The smokeless stoves have reduced the number of sticks needed for cooking and heating from more than 9 sticks per day to 3 per day.
Basa School Project – 2008
The Basa School Project was successfully completed as to fund raising in 2008. This project was intended to raise funds for the village school in Basa, Nepal in a remote area of the Solu region. Niru Rai is in charge of the distribution of funds and in March 2009, he reported that the following improvements have been made to the School by use of the funds donated: Cracked floors have been patched, window frames have been painted and repaired, additional benches have been built, a playground and safety wall have been constructed, and teaching materials and workbooks for grades K through 5 were shipped and delivered to the school.
Sufficient funds have also been raised (and held in the School’s Trust Account) to hire and pay 4th and 5th grade teachers for three years, so the School was able to expand from grades 1 through 3 to 1 through 5. All of this was accomplished with donations totaling $6,300.00. La Campagne Ministry, Inc. of Bloomington, IN is the charitable organization which sponsored the fund raising campaign and transferred the funds raised to the School’s account, and only charged a 2% administrative fee for its services. Donations ranged in amounts from $50 to $1000 with over 30 donors participating. The study materials were provided at not cost as “discard items” by the Indiana Dept. of Education.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP?
We welcome any and all donations of goods or dollars. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today.
Please contact BVF President Joel Meyers at BasaVFUSA@gmail.com with any questions you have.
You can also mail donation checks to:
Basa Village Foundation USA
3131 Western Ave. Suite 310
Seattle, WA 98121