As a step forward in our plan and vision to start different community based programs, KRMEF is on the way to achieve the mission and goals of the organization. KRMEF now holds 501 (c) 3 nonprofit status in the USA, which means that as of now, all contributions are tax-deductible. We now also have a responsible, dedicated and creative executive board formed in the USA. This transformation was made possible by a wonderful groups of volunteers, participants, and advisors, and we would never have gotten here without them. Thank you to Ellen Hale from Denver, for helping KRMEF attain the 501 (c) 3 nonprofit status. Thanks to Bill Hutchins, Board President, and the entire board for taking on this big responsibility. KRMEF recently met with the Nepali ambassador to the USA, Dr. Shankar P. Sharma, about the ongoing program, and he pledged his support in finding more associates.
The motto of the KRMEF is “Promoting Health and the Environment through a Synergy of Man & Land.” With this concept in mind, we have used biodynamic gardening to improve soil conditions and promote healthier living conditions. In the past six months, we have been able to organize and facilitate three biodynamic seminars across Nepal. Hans and Krishna traveled within central and east Nepal to Pharping, Kathmandu; Chitlang, Makuwanpur; and Saptari, East Nepal. In these three locations, we were able to educate over one hundred enthusiastic young farmers. We taught these farmers about the harmful effects of chemical farming, the relation of soil quality to overall health, the value of composting, and the benefits of biodynamic practices. With positive responses and interest in the seminars growing, we hope to host at least three more seminars in the next six months. We are working with government officials, NGO leaders, local grassroots organizations, and farmers to continue this work effectively.
Great news here: We purchased the land for the orphanage! In two months we were able to raise $25,000, and we have now started the construction. Thank you so much for all the support; we couldn’t have achieved this without the hard work and kind hearts of our friends, volunteers and local community. Women and children will be invited for evening classes starting in the end of July. Both the kindergarten and the orphanage are scheduled to be finished and fully functional by the end of the year. We have determined the cost per child for the school will be $15 per month and for the orphanage, $50 per month. If you would like to sponsor a child please or donate to keep this project going email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our donations website.
Hello all! We’ve been very busy here at the KRMEF in the past few months with many exciting projects coming to life and even more being put on the drawing boards! Krishna has returned from his trip around the world where he met new friends and connected with many familiar faces. We’re very excited to see the development in the foundation thanks to all these wonderful people that have put their heart out for Nepal. Our most exciting news is that the Ankuran project is rapidly coming to life! Thanks to a wave of volunteers in the past two months, the kindergarten has been plastered and painted, the process of gathering the children is well underway, and furnishings/toys are coming in one by one! As for the orphanage, a team of volunteers from Sweden’s Youth Initiative Program (YIP) worked to demo the existing building and clear the site of all the rubble to prepare for work to begin on the foundations. Bill Hutchins and the team have prepared a set of plans for the building and two american architect volunteers will continue to work in Nepal, as Bill has returned home to the states. As the concrete workers continue to …
greenPILLAR and KRMEF, Nepal March 15 – April 15, 2011 greenPILLAR is taking a volunteer team of 10 experts in various disciplines to KRMEF in March, and again October, 2011. greenPILLAR’s mission is to assist in the process of empowering local efforts, to create new projects and support in the sustainability of this community. KRMEF was formed by a native Nepalese couple, Krishna and Leela Gurung, in honor of their late son, Kevin Rohan. This remarkable venture began officially in 2009, and is one of the most inspiring regenerative community projects we have the honor to be in collaboration with. From Krisha and Leela’s passion and vision, the community has been inspired to create and sustain: -a biodynamic organic garden -a small clinic in a renovated club house -a recycling operation where residents gather waste paper in Katmandu, pulping it into a mixture with sawdust and fashioning it to briquettes that are then sold for heating -systems set up to develop increased capacity for community honey making -increased access to solar cookers -bio-fuel production -jewelry crafted from local plants -extremely low-cost green housing in Katmandu and its environs by building homes comprised of recycled bottles and paper, through natural building …
This summer, Daniela and Jocelyn biked from Christiansburg, VA to San Francisco, CA. During the 4,000 mile, 3 month journey, they raised funds to support The Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco Foundation in Kathmandu, Nepal. Their blog cronicles every step of the journey and has some great pictures. Visit Biking (Across the Country) for Leprosy at: http://bikingforleprosy.blogspot.com/
The monsoon has arrived in Nepal and the Village has started to plant fruit trees on the community land near the club house. The renovated club house has started serving its propose as you can see on the photos. Over the summer, Krishna traveled to mid and Western Nepal and found immense possibilities for fruit trees, vegetables and other crops. Krishna is now looking to convince the people that possibilities and potential exist. Here are pictures from the summer work being done in the village. ]
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