PHPI Quarterly

Issue No. 1 – January 2018

PHPI’s uniqueness and success are partly based on our ability to organize teams in remote parts of the globe and provide resources to areas other relief and development organizations can’t access. However, those strengths also require our directors spend a lot of time in places without avenues to communicate consistently with PHPI supporters and donors.

To solve that problem, we’d like to introduce the first issue of the PHPI Global Bulletin! This quarterly digest will help us keep our international circles posted on the work we’re doing around the world. Share .pdf or paper copies with friends, family, coworkers, and community members, and help us build our network even wider!

PHPI’S TOP THREE IN 2018

Directors and field managers working with PHPI are on the ground in Nepal right now! They’re focusing on three priorities during this year’s winter campaign:

1) Monastery Supply Drop:

We’re sending 50+ donkeys loaded with 3000 kilos of cement and other building supplies to help monks at the Nyingmar Monastery rebuild their dormitories, which were destroyed in the April 2015 earthquake;

2) Clean Water Initiative:

Provide clean drinking water through newly-installed pipes directly into active taps in the homes of over 300 families in the village of Tawal;

3) Educational Support:

The village school in Pokhari-Nebot built by the PHPI team in 2015–16 is currently serving over 150 students in the region. Team members are in Kathmandu right now interviewing a Nepali/English bilingual teacher to serve these talented young students year-round!

HOW DO YOU INNOVATE?

The creativity of PHPI supporters never ceases to amaze us! While directors and field managers are on the ground in Nepal, our allies are around the world finding ways to spread the word about our unique methods for global empowerment and help us continue our work.

1) Reaching Great Heights:

In the summer of 2016, veteran trekker Sam Beckett challenged fellow climbers to hike the United Kingdom’s three highest mountain peaks in 24 hours. Friends, family, colleagues, and community members contributed to their initiative, and Sam and company earned over £2,371 for PHPI!

2) Matching for Success:

Oregon-based health insurance company Moda Health has generously matched employees’ donations to PHPI and doubled the funding that goes directly to help rebuild rural communities after natural disaster strikes.

3) Dance the Night Away:

Expert event planners and promoters from Bell Epic in Austin, Texas planned an incredible night of live music, dance, public art, and a seriously good time at Elysium Austin in December 2017. They donated 100% of proceeds to PHPI and are helping publicize our mission with a huge creative community.

Do you have an idea or want to discuss options for supporting PHPI? E-mail Lynn Cowles with PHPI’s community outreach team, and she can help you get started! (lynn@phpinternational.org)

* Remember, as a registered U.S. nonprofit organization, PHPI can provide letters of donation, federal tax exempt ID numbers, etc. so that 100% of your contributions to our mission are tax-deductible

Did you know…?

2017 was another big year in the life of PHPI! Using unconventional modes of transportation and communication, we’re making progress gathering real information on the current needs of rural community members and distributing resources efficiently. Here’s a summary of the past twelve months:

  • Nyingmar Monastery: Provided building materials for the reconstruction of 50 dormitories. Our partners at the monastery are working hard. The monks’ traditional techniques are meticulous, so it takes a lot of time for these buildings to go up in accordance with cultural standards for religious institutions. We’ll be supplying them with concrete, planks, and solar technology materials until all 350 dorms are rebuilt!
  • Shree Shankha Devi Primary School: The PHPI-organized rebuild of the school in Pokhari was a great success! This year saw PHPI organizers oversee school maintenance, including coating interior and exterior walls with protective paint layers, painting a mural on the school front, and providing the foundation for a school garden;
  • Kamrang Water Project: We repaired one damaged clean-water tank and built a new tank to help get uncontaminated drinking water to individual taps installed in 18 houses in the village of Kamrang. When women and children don’t have to travel many kilometers to access water, they’re able to spend time on their educations and community initiatives;
  • Tawal Water Project: Nestled in the remotest region in which PHPI has yet to work, Tawal is a village of around 350 families at 5200m. Elevation near the Nepal/Tibet border. It takes two days by bus and four days on foot to reach the village, which in the process of rebuilding after the April 2015 earthquake. This year, PHPI organizers did field research and established relationships with Tawal community leaders to provide a foundation for the work we’ll be doing in 2018!

Zero Overhead. Yes, you heard that right.

PHPI’s work is unique for a bunch of reasons: the remoteness of regions we serve; our partnerships with local communities; our innovative resource transportation and communication methods; and our lack of overhead costs.

That last characteristic of PHPI is possible because our directors and field managers pay their own travel expenses to conduct research and development on the ground. Absolutely zero of the costs of air travel, lodging, food, ground travel, and so forth for our leadership team comes out of funds donated to PHPI.

100% of donations contribute directly to the improvement of individual lives, family homes, and community development around the world. The resources we move are life-saving, so we put as much funding as we can to getting those resources to people in need.

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