On April 25th, 2015 Nepal was hit by a devastating earthquake with unceasing aftershocks. Cardborigami partnered with the America Nepal Society of California and Wellabon to provide Cardborigami shelters and to help rebuild in remote villages nearest to the epicenter such as Gorkha. After the earthquake over 8,000 schools have been damaged and education is so important in developing countries. We raised enough funds to purchase materials needed and we engaged local villagers in the process of rebuilding. To date we have established wireless internet connection for an entire village, built 2 schools, 1 library, 1 dormitory, 1 home, and we provided school supplies and warm clothing to over 470 students.
We promote a four-step path out of homelessness which helps participants to transition from temporary shelters to permanent housing. This program relies heavily on partnership and collaboration with other homeless aid organizations. Step 1 is to provide our program participants immediate shelter and privacy with their own Cardborigami. These shelters will be used and stored within a partnering organization’s facility in a safe environment. Step 2 is to provide connections to services and tools to re-integrate participants into society. Step 3 is to get participants into permanent housing. Step 4 is to help individuals sustain housing through job placement or entrepreneurial opportunities.
Cardborigami partnered with the LA LGBT Youth Center to hire homeless millenials for a temporary paid internship. The participants worked for Cardborigami for one month and assembled over 100 structures. For some, this was their first job and all of the youth were able to add this to their resume as verifiable work experience. Cardborigami provided the participants an educational component about the importance of our mission in order to encourage them and empower them to do better for themselves after participating. Finally, a financial planning workshop was led by a professional in the field so that participants learned how to get the most out of their paycheck. All of the participants successfully landed employment after the program.