Quake Quilts and the Chepang People

Angela still had some money left from the quake pot and as a team we had decided to donate AUD$3000 to Quake Quilts. Some info below.

The key to ‘QuakeQuilts‘, says chief co-ordinator Pashupati Timilsina, is the simplicity. Here are Nepali-produced thick blankets made and distributed with speed and total cost-effectiveness to reach those in dire straights from this winter’s zero temperatures.  Each excellent quilt costs as little as Rs700 plus transport costs. And every quilt will be good not just for this winter but for winters to come. There are many sensible and effective aspects to this mission but the simplicity is what makes it so practical and sustainable.  And in return, says Timilsina, we have the thanks is written on the faces of every family.

So many people are generous by nature and yet it’s not always easy to know how best to help others, for the truly needy often seem distant from our everyday lives – even if actually they are ever-present.  Well ‘QuakeQuilts‘ is one answer.  For Rs700 per quilt a poor family can be saved from the worst of this winter’s bitter cold. . . . and too for many winters to come.  These traditional Nepali-made thick quilted blankets are purpose-made (70X90 inches) and are reaching quake-shattered communities where they are desperately needed.

Quake-Quilts: Loading up in Pokhara for distribution to distant villages where winter conditions are adding to the plight of the needy.

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A team from ‘Quake-Quilts’ distributing thick blankets and other winter supplies. The program will continue through January.


Distributing ‘Quake-Quilts’ in Darding District ‘the smiles of thanks make it all worthwhile’ says Pashupati Timilsina.


Pashupati Timilsina of ‘Quake-Quilts’ with team members Gaumaya Pun & Tara Prasad Gautam


‘Quake-Quilts’ program distribution


Thank you Highgate Primary School, Adelaide

With great thanks to Angela’s local primary school in Adelaide, Australia – Highgate Primary School – which has been a long term supporter of the Aandhimul school.  The children from year 4 have just raised $300AUD – approximately 22,000NRp. It has decided that this money will go towards improving the Khaja (school lunch) for the ever increasing student numbers, and also to help towards new stationary and classroom equipment.

School visit and update on rebuilding work

student playing

Bikram visited the school and village yesterday. All the teachers were present and there were the following students present in school:
Nursery : 17
Class 1 : 12
Class 2 : 11
Class 3 : 9
Class 4 : 17
TOTAL : 66 students

students collecting litter students washing hand after collecting litter

On that day teacher Nirmal (new government teacher) and Sarita took class 3 and 4 students to collect litter of the public place nearby the school during break time. The Headteacher and Bikram discussed about the upcoming half yearly exam. Except compulsory Nepali and social studies, students have to attend exam in English medium. This is the resource centre level exam. The topic of discussion was to prepare students for the exam.


Headteacher and me (2)

The students seem happy in school. When Bikram reached the school on this visit he saw Sarita was drawing a picture on the white board in Class 2, she was teaching art.

sarita teaching Art

Bikram mentioned that if we give a different khaja it will increase the cost. We hope to find some extra funds to do this.

kamal's house sita's house

Kamal’s house rebuilding work is almost finish. Only fixing doors and windows have been left. Sita’s house rebuilding work is in progress, you can see it in the photos. Hira is fixing roof and until now Bikram has given Krishna Bhujel NRS 25,000.00, Hira Bhujel NRS 20,000.00, Kamal Bhujel NRS 20,000.00 and Sita Bhujel 15,000.00.

Teacher training will be run by the Rotary Club of West Patan on December 29 and 30. Our teachers will be attending.

krishna's toilet under construct

Rebuilding update

The Rebuilding has increased Bikram’s responsibility quite a bit. The first phase of rebuilding work has been finished. On the first phase 7 families have benefited. In the second phase, Krishna Bahadur Bhujel has finished rebuilding work and Hira Bahadur Bhujel will finish his within the next few weeks. Kamala’s rebuilding work is late due to transportation problems with materials. He is planning to use cement block for his rebuild. Sita will start within this week. And with the festivals being over, rebuilding will build up speed. Hopefully all rebuilding will be finished within the next month or two.

Hira' house kamal's house Krishna'house making window and door for sita's house sita's house