Responding to two major earthquakes and political unrest that shook the country of Nepal last year, Reach Beyond is building earthquake-resilient housing to help restore a Nepalese community and spearheading a coalition of international organizations and local partners to coordinate reconstruction efforts.
Reach Beyond's long-term recovery "Hope for Harmi" project is an attempt to restore a community where it has a long-established partner radio station and other ministries, including a church and birthing center.
"'Hope for Harmi' is a holistic, multifaceted approach to humanitarian and spiritual aid," explained Ty Stakes, Reach Beyond's Asia Pacific Director, in a recent press release.
"Instead of diffusing its relief efforts over an entire country or region, Reach Beyond is focusing on one complete community," he added.
Because of the extensive damage, Reach Beyond has spearheaded a drive to coordinate rebuilding efforts with other international organizations and local partners. It hosted an initial "Finish the Task" (FTT) conference in March to begin coordinated planning for long-term outreach and restoration.
Reach Beyond says it has already assisted in building interim housing for Harmi residents as part of a two-year plan to build quake-resilient housing.
"The plans are started, but the rebuilding will be a long road," Stakes reported. "We are planning to walk that road with the people of Harmi."
Other "Hope for Harmi" projects include repairing birthing center buildings and the community radio station, which was damaged but not put out of operation in the earthquakes, and constructing a community center. Reach Beyond expects to begin rebuilding the radio station in June.
Donations to help those in need in Harmi and elsewhere in Nepal can be made at www.reachbeyond.org/nepal.
By NRB Staff
Published: April 28, 2016