Helen McAllister, Director, Marketing & Communications
DAI (Development Associates International)
Non-Profit Hoping to Make a Big Difference for Nepali Community
Colorado Springs, CO, June 18, 2015 – Nepal’s upcoming monsoon rains will create a desperate situation for remote villages already ravaged by the recent earthquakes. In response, non-profit DAI, has put out an urgent request for funds in hopes of making a big difference for one Nepali community.
The rainy season, which will begin soon and will end in September, will wreak havoc on the daily lives of those living in tents and under tarps due to the recent earthquakes. The focus has shifted from relief to rebuilding and the need for supplies is immense. DAI’s Regional Director of South Asia, shares that there is an urgent need for temporary shelter as “many people are salvaging what they can from their destroyed houses for a simple structure, but need the corrugated sheets for roofing.”
The corrugated roofing sheets are essential to provide a safe area to cook over an open flame, which is unsafe in a tent, as well as protect families and school children from the elements. According to an Associated Press report it is estimated that more than 90 percent of schools were destroyed in the worst-hit districts, including Sindhupalchok, where DAI is working to provide desperately needed items for 900 families and 4 schools. The non-profit organization has put out an urgent request for funding to provide:
- Corrugated roofing sheets for 900 families ($200 per house) and four schools ($1,200 per school)
- School supplies, including books and school bags for 1,000 children ($25 per child)
“We want to stay involved because we have the unique opportunity, through our local partners and graduates, to get help to those in remote areas where people with great need, have not been reached,” says Jane Overstreet, DAI President & CEO. The non-profit has raised over $150,000 for Nepal relief but needs an additional $200,000 to meet the immediate needs of this one community. 100% of all donations go directly to Nepal and is put to immediate use. Those interested in learning more about DAI’s work in Nepal, or making a donation, can visit www.daintl.org/nepal-updates.
DAI is a leadership development organization, offering Christian leaders a variety of courses and degree programs, organizational consulting, and mentoring. The non-profit has 18 ministry offices, including one in Nepal. The DAI Nepal staff has been able to utilize its network of hundreds of key leaders, many of whom are DAI students/graduates, to work directly with churches, communities and organizations to deliver desperately needed materials and funds during this time of crisis. It is because of DAI’s desire to support these leaders that a leadership development organization has gotten involved in relief work.
In 2014 DAI impacted over 22,000 leaders in 72 countries. The non-profit is committed to enhancing the integrity and effectiveness of Christian leaders worldwide.