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Urgent Appeal to Fund Local Nepalese Crisis Support
Butterfly Foundation is a local charity at the heart of the disaster

Reading, 1st May 2015: Butterfly Foundation (, a charity that is based only a short distance from the epicentre of the recent earthquake in Nepal is in urgent need of funds to help with its immediate, life-saving work.

Based in one of the areas hardest hit by the earthquake the charity, which was founded by Govinda Pahari, a hotel owner in Pokhara, is providing local and urgent assistance in the form of clothing, blankets and food for people whose lives have been devastated by the quake.

“I’ve seen at first hand the work that Govinda does to help the local poor,” said Adrian Clarke, the founder of the UK arm of Butterfly foundation Nepal. “I’ve been travelling to this region of Nepal for over 30 years and have seen the life saving work that Govinda does. This horrifying earthquake just makes the work he is doing even more important – and the need for additional funds even more vital.”

You can help by donating here:

Originally set up in 2003 the Butterfly Foundation helps local, poor dalit families through medical support, a pre-school for children and a range of on-going support for the families. The dalit community is the lowest caste in the Indian caste system. Sometimes known as the ‘untouchables’ the dalit community is often educationally and medically disadvantaged.

“The existing problems of this community are only being exacerbated by the terrible conditions following the earthquake. The Butterfly Foundation’s work will, without doubt, save lives,” continued Adrian Clarke.

Based only a short distance from the epicentre of the earthquake and staffed by a network of local volunteers, the Butterfly Foundation can reach places and provide support that the large charities can’t access. And it can do it quicker therefore saving more lives.

However, it can only provide this support if it receives more funds as the existing funds are almost completely exhausted.

You can help with the life-saving efforts of the Butterfly Foundation by donating here –

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A statement from Govinda Pahari, founder of the Butterfly Foundation (

“Hundreds of villages in the district of Gorkha were amongst the hardest hit by the earthquake. The villages of Larpak and Barpak, more than 1,200 houses, are now a pile of dust and rubble.

The access to these villages is extremely difficult. Helicopters have been deployed to rescue the villagers, but it is slow and painstaking and the hospitals at Manipal, Gandaki and Charak are full of victims.

The Butterfly Foundation team is helping with the needs of these victims and we have bought food, blankets, water, towels, groceries and other essentials for the victims.

However, this doesn’t solve the long-term issues and so the Butterfly Foundation is looking into this too. All the survivors, when treated, will have nowhere to go as their houses is no longer standing, so we are looking to find solutions for this problem too.”

Update on 29th April:
“[We are] providing treated patients with shelter, food and care and the foundation’s own help desk is also present at the Hospitals. Tomorrow [30th April] we are heading towards Kaski district - 32 different villages - with tents and blankets. The Butterfly Foundation is providing 600 tents and 600 blankets to the affected area in Kaski District. We will keep you updated as it unfolds and progress has been made.”

Photos of the disaster can be seen here:
All credits to Butterfly Foundation

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Notes to Editors:

Butterfly Foundation Nepal Ltd is a private company limited by guarantee, with no share capital, based in the UK (Company Number 09106215).
It was incorporated on 27 June 2014 exclusively to provide fundraising support for the Butterfly Foundation based in Pokhara, Nepal.
The UK entity is not yet a fully registered charity as charitable organisations with an annual turnover below £5k may not apply for registration but can take advantage of charitable status for gift aid.

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Press Contact:
Adrian Clarke
M: +44 7957 506066

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