Nishall’s Blog: Building futures through blogging

Communities / Sun 22nd Nov 2015 pm30 12:28pm

ONE of the great things about a blog is the potential for it to reach far and wide. And, this is really great news for people and organizations who like to help others. If one small blog post goes viral or gets picked up by a larger news organization, it can change the entire course for that nonprofit or charity group. And, that’s an amazing thing. (All of that power at your fingertips!)

I happen to think that no matter your blog niche and reach, you have a responsibility to dedicate part of your blog to helping others. All of us have a cause or a charity that we are passionate about, one that we would love to help more. So, why not blog about it? It’s such a small thing when you think about it–you have a blog and you have the space. Why not provide a portion of it for doing good? Some bloggers dedicate a post (or guest post) each week, while others find that doing it monthly or even just occasionally works best for their blog.

In case you aren’t aware, many non-profits (especially smaller organizations) struggle to meet the needs for their cause. The people who work there are overworked and underpaid (or, not paid at all) and most definitely understaffed. If you can take one small portion of that off of their shoulders by writing a blog post and spreading the word about their efforts, why wouldn’t you?

So helping others and feeling great about it is fantastic, but did you know that blogging for a cause can also increase your audience and even help present you with more opportunities?

Therefore, in this blog I am going to talk about a small charity, which many members and I are supporting as part of the Hindu Society at my university.

The Charity is called Journey Nepal, which was set up after the earthquake of April 2015 in Nepal. Hundreds of schools in the Dhading district were destroyed, therefore the charity have set up a program to help villages rebuild their school buildings and their communities. There main aim is to empower the communities themselves and so they emphasis is on teaching villagers how to use the incredible earthbag technique of building and bring them together to support one another in this massive endeavour. This technique was developed by Cal Earth in California, architect Nader Kahlili worked with the project to build a small sustainable village of over 40 “super adobe domes” to provide permanent shelter.

These structures have stood a major test with the 2015 earthquake and no damage was reported on any of the Earthbag structures. After many discussions and research it has been decided by the building team of the chairty and the community to use the Arch or Vaulted style for our school buildings, due to the strength of the design and durability of the roof and exterior, also with this design more vaults can be added later. The vault design has been tested and approved for California’s severe earthquake codes and natural elements, in the harsh climate of the Mojave desert (over 100 degrees F summer temperatures, freezing winters, flash floods, high speed wind, and the highest US earthquake zone 4). So is the perfect option for the climates in Nepal. These building will also retain the heat in winter and stay cool in the summer months.

They estimated that with the tool purchases and once off buys, to build a 4 roomed classroom will be in the region of US$10,000. They are seeking a variety of help in forms of Volunteers, Fundraisers and asking people to spread the word of the cause. So for further information please visit http://www.journey-nepal.org/Nepal/school-rebuilding/ .

So, remember this, helping a cause does not just have to be by volunteering or donating money, just promoting a cause via blogs and social media is as equally helpful.

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