We have constructed two separate buildings in the Siddhipur area and provided accommodation for 10 more families consisting of 48 family members. They all became homeless due to the devastating earthquake. Two temporary buildings could accommodate up to 50 people and include four temporary toilets, two for each building. From those who lost homes, families were carefully chosen giving priority to the most needy people.
Living in plastic tents is totally miserable and often very painful. We started our temporary housing project to help old people, sick people, and families with children to have better living conditions than a life in a plastic tent.
Rev. Sumana is a Nepalese monk. He lives in Sri Lanka and I met him in Sri Lanka last year. I ran into him in Nepal while I was touring one devastated region. He requested that I visit his devastated village and meet some families who lost homes and lived in difficult conditions in plastic tents. I scheduled a visit to the region and toured the area.
Many families were living in hopeless conditions in plastic tents. After meeting the families, I decided to build some temporary housing units for them. I immediately met with the local government officials, got land clearance for construction, and visited the building locations. The resident Buddhist monk of the local Buddhist temple, Bhikshu Vimalo, took responsibility to supervise the construction and manage money representing me.
We appointed a project manager, discussed the design, and handed over the responsibilities. In less than ten days we were able to complete the building and we were happy to let the homeless families move into our temporary housing units.
I am grateful to all our sponsors and to the local monks for participating in this noble need by managing money and coordinating the construction under challenging conditions.