- Posted September 23, 2012 by
Kathmandu Nepal, Nepal
Appeal for the support to increase road safety
Dear sir /mam ,I am from Himalayan country Nepal. I am now 50 years old. I had a happy family of 8 members though middle class. Suddenly, before 3 and half years, we encountered with a sorrowful destiny. My elder son Kumar Gautam (28) was gaining rapid success in tourism. But on 27 December 2008, he was killed on a road accident. Right after 9 month, my second son Balaram Gautam (26) who was Math topper on NWOSU met with the same destiny. He had been awarded with Vice-President and President Award along with Outstanding Senior Award, Student of the Year 2008. But he too was killed on a road accident in America while trying to save a deer on the road.
This was a great shock to me and my family. We were in intolerable grief. My wife was out of consciousness. By the same time, I had a deeper insight about the life. Though my life was shattered, I decided to give real tribute to my departed souls by contributing for social reform. Working for others could console my wife for I was sure that we could have thousands of sons and daughters. Thus, we established Laxmi Pratisthan (a memorial foundation) at the name of my wife, Laxmi Gautam.
As you know, the political situation of Nepal is not very good and the political leaders are concentrated on their own selfish political interest. Public issues like road safety are being unaddressed or paid less attention. There are so many people killed or seriously injured on road accidents in Kathmandu and other places every day. It hurts me very badly for we were one of those thousands of victims who are in grief due to accident.
Laxmi Pratisthan wishes to contribute for decreasing road accidents and increasing road safety. It has been repainting the road dividers, sticking glowing stickers on the dividers and organizing traffic awareness campaign through comics' power. They work but these activities are not the ultimate solution. We came to the conclusion that the traffic system has to be corrected. We have developed a sensible concept of developing 1000 sensible women taxi drivers who are fully skilled at driving with the deep knowledge & respect for the traffic rules. We will give them three months driving training along with traffic system, automobile and Martial Arts. Thus it is quite costly. Overhead cost is NRP30500($340). It will take three years to train 1000 women. We plan to start the first phase training with 80 women. We don't have any regular donor and thus we appeal every sensible person to support us for our effort. Could you please help us from your place to save human lives in Nepal? We would conduct the training with your name (personal/organizational) provided you sponsor it. Hope you will response positively to this bereaved father.
Chairman , Laxmi Pratisthan
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