The Basa Rebuilding Continues

Screenshot 2016-05-31 19.09.57We recently received pictures from Basa Village showing the ongoing renovation of 62 homes in the village. The April 2015 earthquake caused extensive damage across the country and hit every family in Basa. With USD $41,000 in fundraising from the Basa Village Foundation USA (the sister organization), Basa Village Foundation Nepal has led the work to rebuild every home and create a safe place for villagers to live.

If you wish to contribute, the GoFundMe campaign is still open and there is always a need for help with rebuilding this amazing village in an amazing country.


Earthquake Repairs Update: 2015-2016

The Basa Village Foundation USA Inc. has opened a GoFundMe account as a way for those who would like to respond to the pressing needs in Nepal due to the earthquakes in April & May 2015. We have a sister foundation with HQ in Katmandu, Basa Village Foundation Nepal NGO, which is in charge of distribution of funds raised for purchase of needed goods and services. Our main contact in Nepal, Niru Rai, Chairman of BVF-Nepal reports that Basa village has suffered catastrophic damage.


We are prudent in how funds are distributed and remain true to our corporate principles of culturally sensitive development in partnership with the local people who will do all the work for re-building and construction without compensation and own the results of our financial contributions.


As of October 2015 we have transferred $40,000 to the account of the Basa Foundation NGO in Katmandu. Niru’s team will use these funds to purchase rebuilding materials for residents of Basa and other nearby villages. We also released funds for the purchase of a brick making machine in the amount of $2,000 to go to the New Hope Foundation hospice & women’s shelter to help with rebuilding its facility. We received an earmarked donation from fundraisers by our friend, Mary Shuller, of $4,061 for rebuilding the village of Ramati Nepal by the Hope and Peace Foundation. Per approval of our Board, that same amount has been released to contribute to the rebuilding project in Ramati.



Nepal after April 2015 earthquake

Save the Date! November 7, 2015

Nepal after April 2015 earthquake. Buffet lunch, discussion, progress report.

Presented by  Jeff Rasley, author and Himalayan expedition leader, President of The Basa Village Foundation

When: Saturday, November 7, 2015, 11am to 2:30pm
Where: Nepal House Restaurant
1301 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL – 312-922-0601
Hosted by: Taposhi Bentley, Dharma Foundation

Please RSVP by October 24, 2015 – Space is limited
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Magnitude 7.9 Earthquake near Katmandu, Nepal

Nepal Earthquake 2015By now you’ve probably heard that a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, April 24, 2015. At this time, there are over 1,000 people reported dead with many more injured and most of Nepal not yet reconnected with the outside world, meaning the toll will likely go higher.

For those of us who love Nepal and its people, we know that they don’t have the resources to deal with and recover appropriately from this tragedy. We haven’t yet communicated with our sister organization in Kathmandu, but are discussing our options for assisting.

If you wish to donate to an organization with a history of humanitarian work in Nepal, we commit that any gifts will directly benefit the people of that great country.

Checks can be mailed to: Basa Village Foundation USA, %Jeff Rasley, 6422 Ralston Ave., Indianapolis‎ IN‎ 46220

You can also use GoFundMe to donate online:


BVF President Jeff Rasley in Fundraiser Solutions Podcast

Jeff Rasley talked to Fundraiser Solutions this week about the history of the Basa Village Foundation and looks to the future. Click the image below to go to the podcast website to hear Jeff speak.


Basa Village Project Report – Completing the Schoolhouse

On March 4, 2014 the BVF-USA agreed to provide $5,000 to the BVF-Nepal to construct a new school building in Basa village.  Sol Himal, a French NGO, is contributing $7,000.  The combined contribution of $12,000 will provide sufficient funds to purchase the materials needed to construct a new school building for the 5-grade village school.  Villagers will provide the labor necessary for the construction, which is supervised by the members of the village school board.Basa Village SchoolhouseBasa school

Clean water takes hard work in Nepal

Typical water supply for a Nepali village

Typical water supply for a Nepali village

Living in the West, we take clean water for granted. Not only is our water generally free from harmful bacteria, we have it every time we need it. That’s not the case in Nepal, where each village is dependent on water that comes from higher on the mountain and is typically delivered to a central spot, where jugs are filled and where kids, adults, clothes and dishes are washed. From a hygiene perspective, it leaves a lot to be desired.

A helping hand from outside


Basa Village Foundation USA approved an engineering plan and raised USD $29,000 so that this small Nepali village could be an exception to the norm.  The entirely volunteer and local labor force from Basa Village is making great progress on their new water system. What doesn’t seem hard for us isn’t the same in this part of the world. The Village of Basa doesn’t have heavy equipment and the work is done completely by hand. And the water isn’t nearby, the distance they need to carry water is a 20 to 30 minute walk away.

basa6They needed a new water system because the previous system was poorly constructed and never fully completed, leaving the northern third of the village without water. While there were taps outside some houses before, 19 taps will be installed so that every cluster of homes will have a tap a short distance away.

It takes a village

basa1Additionally, all of the pipes, cement mix and other components had to be hand carried over the mountains from the nearest road. Sand and gravel needs to be brought up from the river, thousands of feet below, to mix concrete. It truly takes a village to provide the level of effort of a project of this magnitude.

Ben Snyder, the resident engineer for Basa Village Foundation USA, travelled to the village in September 2012 to GPS map the plans and make sure the materials were appropriately factored in. In Ben’s words, “It is great to see the pictures as the project develops and to know that Basa Village will have a better quality of life. I’m very happy to see it happening.”

More to be done

While the water system is very good by Nepali standards, there is continued work to be done to ensure the water supply is filtered and free from dangerous bacteria. If you’d like to participate in our efforts to make Nepal a better place, please donate to the Basa Village Foundation USA at the top left of this page.