New York, NY, February 18, 2017 --(PR.com
)-- Raises Funds to Rebuild Nepal, One Village at a Time
Sangsangai, a New York-based non-profit organization committed to building earthquake-resistant private homes in Nepalese villages, while also developing customized economic development plans for each village, announced today that as of November 17, 2016, the organization has acquired a tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Service.
Sangsangai, which started as a small, independent earthquake-relief fund in April 2015, has since its launch raised approximately $132,000 from individuals and organizations. With the successful construction of 13 out of 14 earthquake-resistant private homes and a community center, the construction for which is underway in Rainaskot, a village in Nepal's Lamjung district, the organization is nearing the completion of rebuilding efforts in its first village.
"The rebuilding of Rainaskot marks a major milestone for Sangsangai," says Natasha Wozniak, Co-founder of the organization. "We are very excited about obtaining the 501(c) status, which substantially expands our scope for fundraising and gives us a renewed focus to achieve our goals."
With a concrete five-year plan for the organization, Sangsangai is working towards not only providing comfortable and dignified homes to the villagers in a resourceful and cost-effective way, but also developing tailored, long-term economic sustainability plans for them. By generating tourism, fair-trade manufacturing and agricultural prospects, Sangsangai is creating new opportunities for these villagers, who would otherwise rely on their family members working abroad or short term loans for economic resources.
After the completion of Rainaskot, Sangsangai will commence rebuilding efforts in Barbandi, Majhigaun and Ligligkot. For a complete overview of Sangsangai's five-year plan, visit www.sang-sangai.org/upcoming-projects/. To offer donations to Sangsangai, visit www.sang-sangai.org/donate.
Sangsangai, which means together in Nepalese language, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to rebuilding Nepalese villages that were devastated by two subsequent earthquakes in 2015 while also offering economic development opportunities to each village. Sangsangai was co-founded by Natasha Wozniak, a New York-based jewelry designer and Bibek Pandit, a Lamjung-based social worker and rebuilding director in April 2015. For more information on the organization, visit www.sang-sangai.org.