UPDATE May 19:
In the second major earthquake on May 12, the Bhotechaur Health Clinic building sustained additional damages but remains standing. Since the ground floor is cracked and crumbling and one corner has totally failed, the entire building could collapse at any moment. Brave staff entered the building and removed as much equipment as they safely and quickly could -- the x-ray machine, ultrasound, EKG, biochemical analyzer. These are now stored in a small annex building that was unharmed in the quakes the 100+ aftershocks. Let us hope that the equipment is sound and can be used when the clinic rises again from the rubble. There has been an unimaginable amount of damage done across Nepal, and uncountable numbers of homes and businesses were ravaged in the quake. Where, when, and how will reconstruction begin? In our little village of Bhotechaur, we are already seeking answers to those questions.
UPDATE May 9:
We are beyond grateful to the big-hearted, generous musicians of Southern Oregon for hosting the Musicians for Earthquake Relief benefit concert last Wednesday at the RoxyAnn Winery in Medford. Almost $10,000 was raised in one amazing night, 100% of which will be used for reconstruction of the Bhotechaur
Health Clinic and to help the people of the village resurrect their lives from the rubble. We are a long way from what it will take to accomplish our goal, but this is a great start. Thank you!
UPDATE May 5:
We are relieved to learn that supplies of food and water have arrived in Bhotechaur
and that the road is passable for delivery of more, but we are deeply saddened to learn that about 100 people in the village have died and that 99% of the village households were completely destroyed. We have also accepted the fact that the clinic is beyond repair and must be torn down. Our priority now is to reconstruct the clinic and then to assist village families in rebuilding their homes. 100% of any donation you make will be directed toward those efforts.
UPDATE May 3:
The photos from the Bhotechaur Health Clinic are heartbreaking. We are so fortunate that no one sustained any injuries at the clinic; however, the building itself sustained serious damage. The consensus of architects and engineers we have consulted seems to be that the building cannot be repaired. It must be torn down and rebuilt. We now face the daunting question: what can we do? The answer is that we can do nothing without the help and support of our friends. Please help us. Your donation in any amount, small or large, will be gratefully received. 100% of the donations we receive will be spent to help the people of Bhotechaur.
UPDATE April 29
: We are relieved to report that all of our Bright Futures family and friends in Nepal are accounted for and "safe" and we have received news from Bhotechaur. All of the homes in the village have been destroyed; even the ones left standing are uninhabitable. The best news we can give you is that the clinic, while sustaining some structural damage, is still standing and in relatively good shape. The staff are working day and night to provide the best medical care they can under these conditions. In addition to a place where the villagers went for healthcare, the clinic has also been a gathering place for the community, and that is most certainly what it is now, where people are getting together to lend comfort and support to one another. The clinic is central in the lives of the people in this vast remote area. Getting help to the clinic means also getting help to the broader community.
We are devastated with the news of the horrific 7.8 earthquake in Nepal on Saturday, April 25, centered just 50 miles west of Kathmandu. The photographs in the news show massive destruction and human suffering beyond our imagination. We are relieved that we have been able to confirm the safety of most of our family and friends in the Kathmandu Valley. There are some we have not yet heard from, but hope to confirm their whereabouts and safety within the coming days. Lack of communication is a serious problem, and we have not able to reach anyone in Bhotechaur
at this writing. We cannot but hope that all is well in that poor community and at the Bhotechaur Health Clinic
. We will update this page as we learn more. In the meantime, we ask that you direct your positive energies in Nepal's direction. If you are inclined to lend disaster relief support to our Bright Futures fold in Nepal, please go to our Donate Now page to make your tax-deductible contribution. We will take no administrative fee from your donation; 100% of what we receive will go to Nepal (PayPal does deduct a small processing fee). As always, thank you for your support and good wishes for our work in Nepal.
Bright Futures Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Grants Pass, Oregon. Our primary work is in Nepal where we sponsor two programs: (1) support for the Bhotechaur Health Clinic, a rural medical clinic serving a large population in a vast area of the Himalayan foothills, and (2) scholarships for bright, motivated children from the poorest families to receive a high quality education so they can go on to become leaders in their communities.
Operating with an all-volunteer board and no paid staff in the U.S., we are dedicated to maximizing the impact of every dollar we raise through our fundraisers and your donations.
We invite you to watch our video, enjoy the slideshow of our work in Nepal, and explore our website to learn more about us and our projects.