Kathmandu: Bungamati Family House For Earthquake Orphans

Following relief measures in 2015, the Regine Sixt Children’s Aid Foundation is now supporting the Bungamati Family House for earthquake orphans in Nepal.

In April and May of 2015, several major earthquakes occurred in the valleys surrounding Kathmandu. The strongest took place 80 km from Kathmandu on April 25, reaching a maximum of 7.8 on the moment magnitude scale. Amidst the avalanches and collapsing houses, more than 8,000 people died and over 22,000 were injured. It is the largest catastrophe in the history of Nepal. Severe earthquakes are not uncommon in the region.

For millions of years, the Indo-Australian Plate has been moving towards the Eurasian plate causing earthquakes like the ones in the spring of 2015. Immediately after the earthquakes started, the Regine Sixt Children’s Aid Foundation organized tents and blankets for the disaster area together with the Order of Malta. In addition to the emergency relief measures, the Regine Sixt Children’s Aid Foundation has been involved in education, care, and health. Regine Sixt Children’s Aid has organized sustainable support in the city of Bungamati, which was hit particularly hard by the earthquakes. In collaboration with the Honorary Consul General of Nepal, Ann-Katrin Bauknecht, and the Nepalese charity Maiti Ne- pal, the Family House project was started in Bungamati, which is 8 km from Kathmandu. At the Family House orphans will be cared for and given a proper education.

The Bungamati Family House project is supervised by Ann-Katrin Bauknecht, Honorary Consul General of Nepal in Germany, and locally operated by the Nepalese charity Maiti Nepal. Construction of the Bungamati Family Houses at the Tri Ratna Cooperative School began in November 2015. When it is completed, orphans will receive comprehensive care and a sound education. The project is located in the rural Lalitpur District (8 km outside the capital Kathmandu) and nestled in center of the village of Bungamati. The Family Home will be able to accommodate up to ten children and volunteers. Separate rooms for boys and girls are planned. It is particularly important that the girls are provided with a safe home. Since the earthquakes, girls of all ages have been in great danger. Many have been trafficked to India, where they are forced into prostitution or sold for child labor.

Five to ten workers are working on this project every day. More donations are needed to complete the construction and give the children a safe home as soon as possible.