In 2010 Aanand Mishra founded and initiated Volunteers for Change (VFC) - an organization with the purpose of enabling volunteers to affect positive change throughout Nepal.
The two major earthquakes that hit Nepal on April and May (2015) have killed thousands and left other hundred thousands destitute. As the country is gradually recovering from the initial trauma of the disaster, the responsibility of rehabilitation and reconstruction falls on all of our shoulders.
VFC has eagerly shouldered up this responsibility since the very first day of the disaster. Initially, we focused on distributing relief materials in the districts that were worst hit by the catastrophe. However with the impending monsoon, need for rehabilitation has emerged as the most urgent step in disaster management. VFC is collaborating with different partners to maximize and scale-up the rehabilitation work in two phases - a. Transitional Shelters b. Community Regrowth.
It is clear that the need for acute relief, as well as long term assistance in rebuilding what was lost, relies heavily on the work of NGO's, and on inspired individuals coming together. Here at VFC, we are committed to provide a shared platform for such spirited organizations and individuals to come together and materialize the change.
The long wait is finally over and today marked a very auspicious day as one of the biggest dreams woven by VFC has finally come true. Rebuild for Change (RFC), a compassion based community regrowth program with the vision to facilitate the growth of self-sustainable, self-reliant and conscious communities that offer every individual their universal human rights, and also expands and pushes the very frontier for human well being and development has been given a stamp of approval.
CREASION / Volunteer for Change (VfC) Nepal in a joint partnership with Rotary Club of Jawalakhel, Manjushree and Alka Hospital P. Ltd, conducted a free health camp on 5th of Ashwin, 2072 (22nd September,2015) in Manegaun, Burunchilli and it was a big success.
CREASION / Volunteer for Change (VfC) Nepal in a joint collaboration with Rotary Club of Jawalakhel, Manjushree and Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology conducted an eye camp specializing on people suffering from various eye ailments on 9th of Ashwin, 2072 (26th September,2015).
CREASION / VFC initiated a project of building schools at Nuwakot which is funded by Nepal Belgium Youth Club and Busk for Nepal- UK. The catastrophic earthquake which occurred in Nepal destroyed many schools and buildings and Nuwakot was one of the worst grief stricken places in the Kathmandu valley.
VFC Nepal has initiated the program of construction a school in collaboration of BVS (Burn Violence Survivor) and NERA (Nepal earthquake recovery appeal) at AAM DANDA, Dhading. The school is named Pancha Kanya primary school and the number of students studying in the school is forty four.
VFC Nepal has initiated another project of constructing a school in collaboration of BVS (Burn Violence Survivor) and NERA (Nepal earthquake Recovery appeal) at Mulbari, Dhadhing named Shree Dhading lower secondary school.
VFC Nepal collaborated with Karkhana in a joined effort to provide assistance to the school children who suffered the devastating effects of the earthquake.
VFC Nepal took the initiative to build a school named Shree Kalyandevi secondary school funded by Nepal Belgium Youth Club and Bush for Nepal-UK.
VFC has teamed up with Story Cycle and completed 43 TMS and temporary semi-permanent toilets at Ratatar, Sindhuli. Ratatar is inhabited by endangered indigenous Rai community called the Hayus. Earthquake has been yet another tragic chapter for the Hayus, as their houses, which had been rebuilt two years ago after wildfire engulfed the entire community, were still in mortgage.
Jeetpur Fedi Ward No-7 is inhabited mostly by the Tamangs and the Phuyals. Out of 46 households, the recent earthquake had devastated 30. VFC collaborated with Gift a Shelter to build shelters for 20 households that didn’t have resource to build their own shelters.
Mane village at Burunchile is inhabited mostly by the Tamangs, the Paharis and the Nagarkotis. During our first site-assessment visit we went to ward no. 14, which used to be home to 64 Tamang households.
VFC helped build shelters for Saroj Gaida and Purushottam Gaida at Chaling, Bhaktapur. Purushottam Gaida, who is physically disabled, had been sleeping on a tarpaulin makeshift with his family since the first earthquake devastated his house.
Ratatar Village at Sindhuli is inhabited mostly by the Hayu's, an endangered indigenous peoples of Nepal. There are around 42 households, all of which were devastated in the recent earthquake.
AANAND MISHRAFounder & CEO
BHUSHITA VASISTHAHead Communications
NISCHAL BASNETHead Public Relations
SONAM D GURUNGProgram Officer
Kaushal ChaudharyProgram Officer
Bibek Man SinghYouth Engagement Officer
Lopasang Dorjee LamaFinance & Administration Officer
Shiwangi PandeyFinance & Administration Associate
Shazmina BanuRFC Program Trainee
Anubhav JhaSocial Media Trainee
Francesca GiovanniniRFC- Project Advisor
Hans Ahlmann-OhlsenInternational Liaison Coordinator
HOW CAN YOU HELP US
If you are an individual or an organisation, and you want to donate a one-time amount or want to engage RFC on a deeper level, VFC offers you several pathways:
Volunteering for RfC
Here at RFC we greatly value your interest in coming and working with us! As we are engaged in a long-term rebuilding and rehabilitation effort, we're mainly looking for engineers, carpenters, plummers, electricians, geologists and sanitation professionals - basically anyone with experience in building and/or sustainability as per our 7 components for rehabilitation.
If this applies to you, or you feel you possess the skills to bring value to our team, feel free to send an application with a few words about yourself, your CV and contact details to: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch.
Kathmandu, Nepal Phone: 977-1-4004069, 977-1-4446180