About the Campaign
In October 2017, DWC team leader Ray Fowell and a team headed to Nepal to build a house for a Nepalese family. A family was selected to be the beneficiary by our host partner Creating Possibilities Nepal after a village meeting. Consent was given to begin the construction of a home for Bhajhu Ram Chaudhary and his family. They have lived for many years in a very basic mud and grass hut on a government plot of land.
Bhajhu Ram is a single father of five. His wife became ill with blood cancer and the family savings was spent on treatment that was ultimately unsuccessful. He is the sole income earner in the house and supports his family through labour work.
15 year old Parmod is the eldest son. He has dropped out of school to look after household labour. Similarly, Anil, 13, does not attend school as Bhajhu is unable to support this expense for his son. Daughters Rampati and Bhagmati are 11 and 9 years old and the children manage themselves at home while their father is busy working. The eldest of the children Renu, is 18 and is being helped by a social program and lives away from the rest of the family.
There is no land to grow crops and the Chaudhary children are often hungry. The condition of the hut leaves them cold and wet. The family is very poor but they are happy, especially knowing that a comfortable, safe shelter with proper sanitation is just around the corner.
In late October the DWC team of volunteers worked tirelessly on this project exemplifying comradery, support and kindness. They spent two weeks on site and shifted tons of earth, spread concrete, moved bricks, (and more bricks) and even managed to dig the septic tank hole, install concrete rings as well as the doors and windows!
The whole Chaudhary family has been engaged, present and contribute every day. Bhajhu is an integral part of the work being done and joined the DWC team at each task. Seeing the progress and the team interact with his children has given him a reason to smile and laugh.
While the build is going well, the initial estimation budget was undervalued and an additional $3,100USD is required to complete the house so the family can move in.
Help DWC in our commitment to make this home a reality.
You can read more about the experience of Ray’s team here: https://developingworldconnections.org/trip/nepalnpl1017/