Sponsor a Search and Rescue Dog in Nepal

Photo of SAR Dog Hunter with garland

SAR Dog Hunter with garland of marigolds

Regular readers of this blog will remember my friends, the Search and Rescue Dogs of Nepal, from my previous posts here and here. Sadly, SARDog Hunter passed away recently, I send my condolences to his handler, Suk Bahadur Lama. SARDogs Nepal desperately need people to sponsor them. I am posting a copy of an email from them, please have a read through and pass on the information to anyone that you think may be interested in helping them. Thank you.

Dear friends, Namaste!
We always seek supporters for our SAR Dog teams and our work in Nepal.
Money is short here, because Nepalese Government does not support private social initiatives, such like ours.
They are not even able to provide proper facilities or reasonable salaries for our National Police Force, except for weapons and basic training. Our country seems to be for ever domed to be a developing one, due to political incompetence and structural nepotism.
We welcome all those who are able to donate sporadically or regularly, what so ever they can afford.
For me as the Executive  Director of sardogsnepal it is always difficult to guess what people intend, when they ask me how to send money to us. Therefore I write this mail here as a kind of overview of needs and what options people have to send us an one time sum, or a periodical sum, or if they are well suited financially, a fixed monthly, bi-monthly or annual sum of donation.
We even are happy with every little bit. For us a sponsor or donor is not measured as big or small. A donor who gives a little from the heart is having the same value for us as a donor who can afford anything more.
One can give any *one-time amount from 35 Dollar upward and we are happy. Lesser is not recommended because of the usual high transfer costs.
One can give a three monthly, bi-monthly , monthly or annual amount of 35 Dollar or anything larger than this.
One can give a monthly fixed amount from  35 to 50 Dollar and upward, by his/her bank standing order to our bank accounts of sardogsnepal, for a purpose like for example: (should / or can be mentioned in bank transfer sheet)
* financial support for dog food and medical health care
or
* financial support for a SAR Dog handler, his dog and his family (we have 10 handlers and their dog to chose from. See pictures below)
* financial support for our equipment and replacements running costs
* financial support for where needed most urgently
Jit Bahadur Masrangi Magar Executive Director
SAR DOGS NEPAL
SAR Dog Trainer Ambar Magar
with SAR Dog Dunston
Suk Bahadur Lama, squad leader.
His dog Hunter died recently & he
is looking for a new dog to train
SAR Dog handler Yubaraj Tamang
with SAR Dog Tendy
SAR Dog handler handler
Gau Prasad Jugjali Magar
with SAR Dog Bilbo
SAR Dog handler Martin Tamang
with SAR Dog Kelly
SAR Dog handler Dinesh Magar
with SAR Dog Turner
SAR Dog handler Ash Bahadur Gurung
with SAR Dog Tina
SAR Dog handler Purna Tamang
with SAR Dog Uttam
Senior SAR Dog Trainer & Academy Director  
Nagin Thada with SAR Dog Aldo 
New SAR Dog trainee Bikram Ranabhat
with SAR Dog Tulsi
Karna Bahadur Dura, Logistic Officer SAR DOGS NEPAL
Ready to go in times of need!
Search response to earthquakes, floods, landslides and avalanches
Searching for missing trekkers in the mountains
We will keep all donors posted about all that happens here. We will send reports and photographs by e-mail and keep in touch.
If ever a donor comes for holidays we will give all our effort to make his/her/their stay a memorable and wonderful adventure.
Kind regards
Yours
Jit and our 10 SAR Dog handlers
(many of us seem have the same family name but this is actually the name of our ethnic tribe)
If you like what you read and see here,  then please forward this e-mail to other friends who may be interested in supporting our work in Nepal.
Thank you so much!
Below are the 4 options for sending us funds:
1. Bank to Bank (two accounts):
a. direct to Nepal:
Nepal Investment Bank Ltd
Durbar Marg
KATHMANDU
NEPAL
SWIFT  code: NIBLNPKT
Pokhara Branch
Account Name: SAR DOGS NEPAL
Account Number: 01101030250665
b. One in Germany from our German friends and supporters Rettungshunde fuer Nepal e.V.
They forward all received funds periodically without extra costs. Their URL is found at the bottom of this mail
Rettungshunde für Nepal e.V.
Daniela Neika, Chairwoman
AC Number: 205006825
BLZ: 513 500 25
IBAN: DE 48513500250205006825
BIC/SWIFT-CODE: SKGIDE5F
2. for fast and urgent transfer:
a.) fastest option: (works excellent also in times of emergency) Use Western Union and I can pick up the money
the same day during Nepal Business hours.
This has to be done on my personal name, because an organization or institution cannot receive funds via
Western Union.
It has to be send as follows:
To Jit Bahadur Masrangi Magar. Pokhara, Nepal (that’s all) and the transfer code must be send by e-mail to this number
sardogsnepal@sardogsnepal.asia as soon as you have the receipt from your Western Union agent.
With this code I can pick up the fund here in Western Union Pokhara agency.
b.) Via the PayPal option: PayPal is not available in Nepal but we use the PayPal route over Germany
via Rettungshunde fuer Nepal e.V. translates as: Rescue Dogs for Nepal reg.Chraity.
The PayPal icon of our German Friends is at our link page here:
or here:

A Celebration of Service Dogs

September was National Service Dog Month. Of course every month people are grateful for the invaluable work that service dogs perform; from medical assistance dogs to military dogs. Regular readers will know from this blog post here, that the Search and Rescue Dogs of Nepal hold a special place in my little ratty heart.

Photo of SAR Dog Hunter with garland

SAR Dog Hunter with garland of marigolds

Nepal is currently celebrating its most important festival, Dashain.  It is a lunar festival lasting fifteen days and coincides with the end of the monsoon season. It is celebrated slightly differently by the country’s Buddhists and Hindus, but the main concept is the triumph of good over evil. Shortly after this festival, there is a five day festival, Tihar. This is a festival of lights, similar to Diwali in India, which was mentioned in this post here. The significance of Tihar is that on the second day, dogs are worshiped for their honesty and loyalty. Dogs get to wear garlands and, more importantly, are given tasty treats.

In the midst of these celebrations SAR Dogs Nepal will be having their 25th anniversary on 8th October 2014. The Himalaya Rescue Dog Squad Nepal, to give them their official title, is the only rescue dog group in the Himalayas. Nepal is a very poor country and this organization has struggled through civil war and natural disasters to keep helping the poor people of Nepal, as well as foreign trekkers who sadly go missing in the stunning scenery of the Himalayas. They train and employ local people, along with the dogs, in search and rescue and disaster response. The training is to UN guidelines and standards, the teams can work in jungle gorges or avalanches. The recent floods and landslides caused by severe monsoon rains this year have resulted in many deaths and SAR Dogs Nepal’s funds have been depleted by their assistance with the disaster recovery.Photo of SAR Dogs Nepal in Himalayas

Please visit their website to learn more about their work, personal stories and for some beautiful photos of the dogs themselves: SAR Dogs Nepal

It would be wonderful if you could make a donation to help the SAR Dogs with their invaluable work. As little as $10 goes a long way in Nepal and they would be truly grateful for it. If you can make it $25 that would be very fitting for their 25th anniversary. If you are able to afford even more, then that would be fantastic. You can donate via their website : Donate to SAR Dogs Nepal.

If you wish to help more regularly, or in other ways, you could visit Rescue Dogs for Nepal. The site is in German, but you can run it through Google Translate, here is one I translated earlier. This is a sponsor organization, run by Daniela Neika, which helps SAR Dogs Nepal with funding and training. You can become a supporting member for as little as 12 Euros per year. An individual, business, school or community group could also sponsor a particular dog and handler. If you, or somebody you know, would be interested in this then please email sardogsnepal@sardogsnepal.asia or freunde@rettungshunde-nepal.de for details.

Meet some of the SAR Dogs and their handlers:

Dunston and Ambar Magar

Dunston and Ambar Magar

Photo of SAR Dog Uttam

Uttam and Purna Tamang

Photo of Aldo Uttam and Laxmon

Best friends Aldo and Uttam with Laxmon Chaudhari

photo of Bilbo

Bilbo’s fancy footwork

photo of Aldo

Aldo flying high

All of the photographs in this blog post are the copyright of, and used with the kind permission of, SAR Dogs Nepal.

Update:

Those clever SAR dogs have added a new page to their website for their 25th anniversary. The page has some very interesting information and photographs of the history of the organization. There are also very tempting details about their resort for anyone thinking of traveling to Nepal. The area is abundant in beautiful scenery and nature.

New page for donations here.

25th Anniversary page here.

Please do click on their pages and learn about Nepal and their wonderful SAR Dogs and if you can spare a donation, please consider them and share this information with anyone that you can. Thank you.

 

 

From the Brecon Beacons in Wales to the Himalayas in Nepal

Just over the border from Hereford is the Welsh mountain range, the Brecon Beacons. It is one of three national parks in Wales, along with Snowdonia and the Pembroke Coast.Photo of Brecon Beacons

The beacons were named after the fires that were lit on top of mountains during times of trouble, for instance to warn of the Spanish Armada during the reign of Elizabeth I. As well as being beautiful mountains, they are home to caves, waterfalls, forests and reservoirs. The moorlands are grazed by sheep and wild ponies. Secrets of their past are hinted at by Bronze Age burial cairns, Iron Age forts, Roman settlements, Norman castles and remnants of the Industrial Revolution. They offer a wealth of outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, paragliding (especially off Hay Bluff – see photographs below), caving and star gazing – being an International Dark Sky Reserve. You can find out more by visiting the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority website here.

Photo of paraglider Hay BluffThe mountain range is also used extensively by the MOD for training. The town of Brecon nestles among the mountains. Well worth a visit is the Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh, containing exhibits from the Anglo-Zulu wars, including the battle of Rorke’s Drift; recreated in the film “Zulu”. It is also home to the 160 Wales Brigade and the famous Gurkha Company.Photo of Hay Bluff

The Gurkhas are recruited from Nepal and have served Britain with distinction and valour since the Indian Rebellion of 1857 to the present day, earning 26 Victoria Crosses. The treatment of Gurkhas in Britain has been controversial with successive governments failing to represent the high regard the British people hold the Gurkhas in. There have been several hard fought campaigns to ensure Gurkhas receive equitable pension and residency rights. Since the recent abolition of the monarchy in Nepal there is also some doubt as to whether the British will be able to continue recruiting Nepalese into the Gurkha regiment.

Photograph of SARDOGS and their handlers

Photograph courtesy SARDOGS Nepal

Nepal itself is home to some mountains somewhat larger than the Brecon Beacons, including “Chomolungma”, better known as Mount Everest. Nepal is a poor but forward looking country, but there are signs that their economy is improving. Nepal has also abolished the death penalty and legalized same sex marriage. Tourism accounts for approximately 3% of Nepal’s GDP, wealthy people from the developed world flock there to enjoy the spectacular scenery, hiking and mountaineering. All too often hikers go missing in this vast wilderness and this is where search and rescue teams are essential.

SARDOGS Nepal is an organisation that employs and trains local Nepalese people to work with specially trained dogs. Not only do they mobilise when a tourist goes missing, but they are also there to help their local communities. Overlooked by the Western media, there have been devastating floods recently in Nepal, culminating in a landslide that has killed at least 155 people. 80% of people in Nepal live in rural areas, dependent on agriculture. It is the poorest of these people who live in the most dangerous areas, they have no choice but to return to their precarious homes. They have so little to start with and many have now lost everything.

Photograph of SARDOGS

Photograph courtesy SARDOGS Nepal

You can find out more about the work of  SARDOGS Nepal at their website here, you can also make a donation here. A donation of $10 (at the time of writing approximately £6.00) will pay for medicine and wound dressings for a person for  1 month; $20 (£12) will feed a family of 5 for 1 month; $50 (£30) will build a vital temporary shelter for a family who have lost their home. I hope that you will take a look at their website and consider making  a donation, most of us could spare $10 which would make such a significant difference to the lives of others. The ever friendly SARDOGS Nepal can also be followed on Twitter @sardogsnepal where you can learn about the dogs, their handlers and see wonderful views of the beautiful Himalayas.