Donation campaign

School up! Let us rebuild the “Gerlinde and Ralf School” in Thulosirubari that was destroyed by the devastating earthquake in Nepal on 25 April 2015. You can transfer money to this bank account in Germany:

Recipient: Nepalhilfe Beilngries e.V.
Bank: Volksbank Bayern Mitte eG/Germany
IBAN: DE05 7216 0818 0004 6227 07
BIC/SWIFT-Code: GENODEF1INP
Intended purpose: Gerlinde and Ralf School

This was my blog post to start the campaign “School up”, published on 22 June 2015:

The school in Thulosirubari after the earthquake

It looked as if the magician David Copperfield had staged one of his grand illusions. “The school was much smaller than I remembered it”, Ralf Dujmovits tells me. “First I didn’t even realize that the ground floor had just slumped down. The upper parts of the building were still standing. Only when I got loser, I saw the extent of damage. That really brought tears to my eyes.” Germany’s most successful high altitude climber visited the “Gerlinde and Ralf School” in Thulosirubari one and a half weeks after the devastating earthquake in Nepal. Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner and Ralf Dujmovits had given financial support to the project of the German aid organization “Nepalhilfe Beilngries” and thus had made it possible that the school had been opened in 2009. “If you suddenly realize that the building has to be demolished, you just begin to cry”, says Ralf. You all can help to rebuild the school by supporting the campaign “School up!”.

Guaranteed for the benefit of the people in Nepal

In recent weeks, I have written repeatedly about the consequences of the earthquake in Nepal. Many have asked me how they can help the people in the country directly – with the guarantee that their money does not disappear into dark channels. So the idea was born to use my blog to give my determined support to a specific aid project. I will provide you with first-hand information and reports on the progress of the project. That way I want to document that the people in Nepal really benefit from the donations. I have a longtime friendship with Gerlinde and Ralf. So the choice fell on the School of Thulosirubari that needs to be demolished after the described earthquake “write-off”.

Nothing but a pile of rubble

The village Thulosirubari is located near the city of Chautara, about 40 kilometers as the crow flies east of the capital Kathmandu. “Far away from the famous trekking routes, really isolated”, says Ralf. “You can reach Thulosirubari on partially adventurous gravel roads. You don’t pass by coincidentally. You really must want to go there.” More than 5,000 people are living in the village, which is part of Sindhupalchowk District. In no other district of Nepal more people died in the quake. 3,440 of the more than 8,700 dead, who were registered by the Government of Nepal, came from Sindhupalchowk. “In some villages, only ten percent of the houses remained. The rest is nothing but a pile of rubble.”

Place of energy

Gerlinde and Ralf at the opening in 2009, on their right Austrian climber Theo Fritsche who helped to build three schools with Nepalhilfe Beilingries

Before the earthquake, 700 students per year attended the “Gerlinde and Ralf School”. “They come from far away, some have to walk up for two hours to reach the school”, says Ralf. “It is located on top of a hill. From there you have a great view of the mountains in Langtang. For me it was always a place of power where I felt a lot of positive energy.” With your help this place of energy is to be restored as fast as possible. “The whole nation is set back if education is missing. That is the real disaster”, says Ralf Dujmovits. “It’s mainly the education of young people that pushes a country forward.” The reconstruction of the school can also help to keep the rural exodus from the region around Thulosirubari within a limit. “It is important that people feel at home there”, says Ralf. “And that parents can hope that their children have a future despite the earthquake. “ So, let us tackle! School up!