A MODEL VILLAGE
Eastern thought acknowledges the existence of various powerful forces at work in the universe. For every force, there is an equally powerful counterforce, and this push and pull, rise and fall, loss and gain at play in the world is what brings balance to life.
Destruction is one such force. In the West, destruction is perceived exclusively negatively. It brings pain and suffering, and it is difficult to see beyond the experience of loss. But in the East, Destruction is not a lonely hunter. She also brings with her the counter force of Creation. With death comes rebirth, and with loss comes opportunity.
If you visit Nepal today, you will see Destruction’s wrath. One can imagine her two hands of fury shaking the earth, ripping the mountain sides, and shattering bone and stone. But on the path she paves also travels her companion, a force of creativity, renewal, and rebuilding. Why not harvest this energy?
In a few months, the world community will have forgotten the devastation of Nepal. However, while we still have the world’s attention – while the international community, organizations, individuals, and Nepalese people still have a willingness in their hearts to do something for Nepal, to help in some way - we are developing an innovative concept. We want to channel this energy quickly, to guide these hopes, these resources, this spirit, into something as groundbreaking as the earthquake itself.
Let’s adopt a village.
Let us build a volunteer team of experts, active youth, and local community members. Let’s work together. Let’s utilize local natural and human resources to rebuild sustainably. Our hope is that in a short time, we will be able to develop this self-sustaining village as a model. The lessons we learn in the process of rebuilding will produce a manual which can be shared among like-minded people, groups, and organizations. What we fail at, what we learn, and what works - with the proper media coverage, this village will be a model site where interested groups and organizations can visit and learn about how such an idea could be replicated.
Reports will show that Nepal is one of the countries that receives the most aid in the region, yet its infrastructure remains poor and it continues to lag behind on a multitude of social and economic markers of ‘progress’. As aid pours in to the country for earthquake relief, we must be cautious about how these funds are being applied. New, innovative, and sustainable methods which involve the people of Nepal must be developed to create lasting change. Otherwise, there will be no relief – only a continuation of what has already been – a stalled and mired progression.
Our hope is that in this process of this creation, creativity, rebuilding, and renewal, we can inspire home grown Nepalese organizations and groups to embrace these modalities by adopting their own villages and communities. We hope to inspire and support a wave of integrated community development and rebuilding of Nepal.
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