AGRAVIS supports earthquake aid in Nepal
AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG supports the reconstruction in Nepal with 10,000 Euro. Two devastating earthquakes in April and May had laid waste to the country at the Himalaya. More than 8,000 people died, the inhabitants of whole districts were left homeless. The agricultural retail company domiciled in Münster and Hanover donates the amount to the Ökumenische Eine-Welt-Kreis St. Nikolaus Wolbeck e.V., that has campaigned for Nepal for many years already.
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- AGRAVIS CEO Dr. Clemens Große Frie handed a symbolic cheque to the chairperson of the Eine-Welt-Kreis Wolbeck, Ingrid Sieverding. The agricultural retail company donates 10,000 Euro for the earthquake aid in Nepal.
The stimulus to support the association with the earthquake aid in Nepal came from amidst the AGRAVIS employees.
"I find it particularly impressive how fast the association has managed to organise effective aid for the people in the areas affected by the earthquake", emphasised AGRAVIS CEO Dr. Clemens Große Frie when he handed the donation to Ingrid Sieverding, chairperson of the Eine-Welt-Kreis. Only a few days after the first earth quake, tarpaulins were distributed as shelter against the weather to those who had lost everything. The supply with basic foodstuffs followed. In the meantime, the association has together with partner organisations also financed tents with transparent plastic sheeting that are used as make-shift schools. Offering schooling opportunities to the children of this country has for a long time already been an important concern of the Ökumenische Eine-Welt-Kreis. With the donations it collected, it has been possible to construct a total of five school buildings.
Reconstruction of schools
Although the desperate situation in Nepal has in the meantime disappeared from media reporting, "a lot of people there are still fighting for their very survival", emphasises Ingrid Sieverding. The AGRAVIS donation is to be used for the reconstruction of schools. "Around 55,000 Euro are required per school", explains Ingrid Sieverding. The association and its partners in Nepal would like to reconstruct between seven and eleven schools. To achieve this goal, further donations are necessary, which will fully benefit the needy people, as on account of the honorary commitment no administration costs arise.
Commitment for biogas plants
The practical work in Nepal will be coordinated on site by Narayan Adhikari. He is a Nepalese citizen and predominantly lives in Kathmandu. During the past years, he has implemented many aid projects in cooperation with the Ökumenische Eine-Welt-Kreis St. Nikolaus Wolbeck. Thus, apart from several school centres, more than 1,000 biogas plants for private households were built in the Kavre district; these can be used to operate cooking places and to provide hygienic toilets. "From the point of view of an agricultural retail company, this committment for biogas plants must of course be particularly highlighted", explained Große Frie. The earthquake has destroyed several plants under construction.
The lasting success of the work done by the Ökumenische Eine-Welt-Kreis St. Nikolaus Wolbeck can also be discerned from the fact that it will celebrate its 25th anniversary in August.
AGRAVIS has already in the past been involved to alleviate the consequences of natural disasters. The Group for instance aided in East Africa when the country suffered a devastating drought.