Our Story

We are Sara Pavone and Pol Ferrús, two survivors of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015 and  Mar Estartús, a traveller friend.

At the moment of the catastrophe, we were separated, taking part in excursions in two different areas of the Langtan Valley. The Lantang Valley is 150 km away from the capital Katmandu. When the earth started to shake, we looked for shelter in safe but isolated areas. Without having any news about each other, we sheltered with the villagers and other tourists in destroyed villages. We had to wait more than 6 days to be evacuated by helicopter to Katmandu and finally found each other again.

We founded Living NEPAL to thank the people of Nepal for the fraternity, love and generosity they gifted us with. They were always at our side at the most difficult moments of the earthquake, offering us solidarity and hospitality, as they are known for. They shared with us – the foreigners – all they had: food, water, blankets and material to build shelters.

In consideration of that sentimental connection with each villager of those mountains, we would like to return the peace of the presence and hope for the future to all the affected people. The unforgettable life experience we shared with these people is our motor for carrying out Living Nepal.

We chose the name of Living NEPAL to emphasize the strength the Nepalese transmitted to us and the idea that life goes on, in spite of the pain, the loss of family members and friends, the destruction of their homes, work and even of their own culture.

On May 12, 2015, a second earthquake hit the country, causing another wave of death and destruction. Up to the moment, there have been more than 3,000 aftershocks. People are living in a constant state of fear and insecurity due to the disappearance of part of their members, the destruction of their homes, the loss of work places and the ever-present threat of the monsoon.

On September 21, 2015 we came back to Nepal to initiate directly the execution of the field  projects

Our principles

Direct action

Our commitment is to reduce as far as possible the intervention of intermediaries, so that the highest percentage possible of the collected funds goes to the Nepalese, helping them in a direct way.

Exchange

Permanent links of cooperation will be established with local and foreign organizations which are already active in the area and of like-minded principles and values.

Solidarity

The founders, main collaborators and volunteers participate in this project in a supportive and philanthropic manner.

Transparency and independence

This is Living Nepal’s mantra, since these two words – transparency and independence – mean that our project will consist in carrying out a direct field work, maintaining the independence of the organization and providing a clear visibility of each and every Euro collected.

Invisible Help

We intend to offer direct help to education and preventive training of the Nepalese by re-building collective structures for the benefit of the whole community in areas of very difficult access of the Rasuwa district, at about 160 km from the capital Katmandu.

1_LISTENING

Listening and studying the true needs of the most affected villages in Rasuwa, assessing them, giving priorities and investing efficiently the available financial resources in the projects in which our collaborators with like-minded principles and values take part.

2_INVOLVEMENT

Fostering the participation of the members of the community where the project will be carried out, by involving them both in the planning and in the execution of the project. Moreover, we will make sure that the representatives of the local villages can manage the projects and obtain the necessary permits.

3_EDUCATION

We think that one of the most important pillars for laying the foundation of a solid and sustainable future is education and therefore, we intend to focus all our energy and resources on a proper training because our main aim is to support childhood education.

We will share all the expertise, ideas, knowledge and material we have available, so that the Nepalese are capable of building by their own means anti-seismic structures, involving both Nepali and European experts. Our aim is to implement systems of self-management and self-sufficiency.

4_RESPECT

Each project will be undertaken with utmost respect towards the culture and traditions of Nepal, rejecting any type of ethnocentric philosophy.

This project is directly managed by us and a group of volunteers from all over the world

President

Pol Ferrús Santolalla (Barcelona)
Bachelor’s in Law and Political Sciences.

Pompeu Fabra University. Barcelona

Project Accountant

Mar Estartús Mateo (Tiana, Barcelona)
Bachelor’s in Economic Sciences and Management.

Pompeu Fabra University. Barcelona.

Secretary

Sara Pavone (Pineto, Italia)
Bachelor’s in Social Work.

L’Aquila University. Italy.

Thanks to many volunteers from all over the world for dedicate their time and energy and make this project real. To all of them, THANKS A LOT.

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