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UPDATE April 3, 2017: Finally, finally, finally -- we have some good news to share. The political situation, at least insofar as it affects Bhotechaur, has settled down, and the weather is currently cooperating so that work has at long last begun on the replacement of the clinic facilities. Materials are now being delivered to the site, and construction work will actually commence in the next week or so. We hope to have photos to post on this page soon. Many, many thanks again for all your support!

UPDATE May 9, 2016: There is a promising turn of events to share, finally. The blockade at the India/Nepal border was recently resolved. Goods -- food, fuel, cooking gas, medical supplies, construction materials -- are once again entering Nepal. Prices are beginning to stabilize. Life is still difficult following the earthquake, 
and all forward progress is maddeningly slow, but forward progress there is. Our architect in Kathmandu assembled a survey and engineering team has and made several treks to Bhotechaur to start the design work to replace the clinic facilities lost in the earthquake. We sincerely hope that we can keep reporting good news at something more than a glacially slow rate. Thank you for your support to rebuild the Bhotechaur Health Clinic. Thousands of people are depending on us to get this job done, and get it done we will!

UPDATE November 11: Many thanks to the hundreds of people who have so generously contributed towards rebuilding the Bhotechaur Health Clinic in Nepal, damaged beyond repair in the catastrophic earthquake last April. We want to let you know what we've been able to accomplish thus far, where we can expect to go from here, and when.

All around Nepal, progress towards rebuilding anything -- buildings, roads, houses, lives -- has been glacially slow and painfully difficult. So much infrastructure in and around Kathmandu and the Bhotechaur region was severely damaged or destroyed, so many thousands of homes were lost, and most tragically, so many thousands of people died, that the level of devastation and heartbreak is hard for us to fathom. Nonetheless, we have worked hard to do whatever we can to move forward in our effort to help the clinic rise again.

Our goal was and is to replace to the greatest extent possible what the clinic lost in the earthquake, and to get the clinic back up and running and providing access to the level of healthcare the people in the region had come to rely upon. The clinic, an important healthcare facility in a remote part of the Himalayan foothills, had six patient beds, an ER, a lab, a pharmacy, an x-ray room, several toilets, a birthing room, a kitchen.

In late September, two of our board members went to Nepal to sit down with the clinic's management committee to hear their ideas and to figure out what must and could be done to achieve the goal. (Both of our board members paid all of their own expenses for this trip, as always). They met with the committee in Kathmandu and together they hammered out a realistic, cost-efficient, and achievable plan for resurrecting the clinic. As a result of that meeting, we now have an architect working on design drawings and putting together a team of engineers and surveyors to do the first necessary steps. This is the good news.

But there is bad news.

Unfortunately, the Indian government has blockaded the India/Nepal border in what we understand is a dispute about provisions in the new Nepal constitution. India is trying to force the Nepali government to amend its constitution to suit India and is exerting extreme pressure by blocking the border. The blockade has been in place since early October, placing the people of Nepal -- a landlocked country -- in dire straits. There seems to be some question about who exactly is responsible for the blockade, but the blockade exists and its effects are crippling. Nothing is coming across the border -- no gasoline, no cooking fuel, no food, no medicines, no construction materials, no provisions of any kind, nothing. There does not appear to be an end in sight. The Nepali people, already reeling from the earthquake earlier this year, and facing fast-approaching winter, are in a situation beyond our imagining. Not only are no provisions coming into the country, but there is also an acute shortage of electricity, which happens every year as hydroelectric generating capacity wanes with freezing temperatures. There is currently a 15-hour-per-day electricity blackout, which in "normal" years can go to as many as 22 hours per day. Some businesses and homes fill in these blackout periods with electricity from generators; however, generators run on gasoline which is no longer available. The blockade at the India/Nepal border must be resolved before Nepal can get back on its feet. We must wait not only for resolution of the border crisis in order to obtain construction materials, but also for supplies and prices to stabilize after it reopens. We have no way of knowing when that might be.

However, we are making every effort to be fully prepared with design, surveys, construction documents, etc., so that when the blockade is lifted, we will be able to move forward with all due haste.

UPDATE August 20: The monsoon season is creating havoc in the Bhotechaur area. Rain-soaked hillsides, made especially unstable by the earthquake and hundreds of aftershocks, are dangerously landslide-prone, and a landslide has just blocked the road to Bhotechaur (as seen in the photo below). Fortunately, the land upon which the clinic stands is stable. In the meantime, the local Bhotechaur Health Clinic management committee is moving ahead with plans for rebuilding the clinic. They are presently collaborating with an architect in Kathmandu to design a new clinic building, one which will return the clinic to its pre-earthquake level of service and which will incorporate new earthquake-resistant building standards. We are still busy raising the money necessary for rebuilding the clinic. Your donation in a
ny amount will help! Click here to make a donation, 100% of which will be used for rebuilding the clinic (less any PayPal or credit card processing fees). We will not deduct any administrative or overhead expenses from your donation.

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.

April 27: 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.
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