Crowdfunding - Forgotten Villages: humanitarian aid to Nepal

"We have survived a horrific tragedy. In minutes we became homeless. For the last 60 years I had worked to make sure my children have the basics they need. Now we have lost everything. I cannot continue my work. My village is ruined, filled with the ghosts of the beauty that existed." - Gyan Lal Dangol, 66 years old

Dozens of aftershocks that followed the earthquakes of April 25 and May 12, 2015 have demolished entire villages, leaving people homeless in a restless anticipation of the monsoon season. The ever-increasing death toll has reached 8,500 people by mid-May, while at least 10,000 were injured. Apart from power outages, failures of mobile networks and shortages of medical supplies, food etc., there is a huge concern about the disease outbreak.

Although humanitarian aid reaches Nepal, the remote villages tend to be neglected due to excessive damage in infrastructure and widespread political disputes. Because the villages that need help the most don’t receive any, GHRD and its local partners, Organisation for Socio-Economic Development (OSED Nepal) and Village Development Foundation (VDF), have set out to help 7,000 families (over 35,000 people) in 3 districts: Sindhuli, Ramechhap and Khokana. Read more

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Thousands of Nepalese are without a home with the upcoming monsoon season

The dozens of aftershocks that followed the earthquakes of April 25 and May 12, 2015 have demolished entire villages, particularly in rural and remote areas in Nepal. The ever-increasing death toll has reached 8,500 people by mid-May, while at least 10,000 were injured, making it the deadliest disaster to ever hit Nepal. In this difficult time, there is a need to raise awareness and show our support and friendship to those in need. GHRD will launch a crowdfunding campaign on 30 July 2015, the International Day of Friendship and World Day against Trafficking in Persons, to provide relief aid to the targeted communities in the most affected and remote areas of Nepal.

 

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed about our crowdfunding campaign. For more information you can also contact us by sending an email to agowri@ghrd.org.

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Reports

The Invisible Minority: The Situation of LGBT Community in Bangladesh

17-06-2015

This research, jointly conducted by Global Human Rights Defence and Boys of Bangladesh, highlights the particular issues faced by the LGBT community in Bangladesh. The study was based on 50 interviews with individuals from the LGBT community (including community leaders). The purpose of the research was to conduct a needs analysis, aimed at examining the experience of the LGBT community in relation to the violations and social exclusion they face, the acceptance of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity within close social circles and access to networks and services for community development. The needs analysis has also enabled the LGBT community leaders to identify the needs of their movement and the larger LGBT community in Bangladesh to further develop a road map for their activities.

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