The organization SANGSANGAI was born out of the project previously known as Fund for Lamjung, which began after Natasha Wozniak of New York City and Bibek Kumar Pandit of Lamjung Nepal began working together to raise funds and distribute relief supplies after the April 2015 earthquake. They have known each other for over 20 years, since Natasha’s first year in Nepal as a student. After distributing supplies to villages in various districts of Nepal, Bibek was asked by the villagers of Rainaskot in Lamjung to assist them in rebuilding their damaged homes, Natasha agreed to be the fundraiser and spokesperson for this effort.
Groundbreaking was in September 2015 and construction in Rainaskot is expected to be complete in April of 2017. As the project progressed, team members were added and boards were created in Nepal and in the US to facilitate rebuilding in other villages. The experience and lessons learned from Rainaskot can now be applied to other locations to create an effective and efficient model for rebuilding across Nepal.
Sangsangai was established in Nepal six years ago, and was officially registered in the US in November of 2016. The organization is now dedicated to redeveloping villages in various parts of Nepal using a holistic approach that considers the needs for housing reconstruction, infrastructure, economic development and environmental sustainability.
Additionally, the Nepal branch of Sangsangai works with young Nepalis as staff and volunteers to help them develop into leaders for Nepal's future.
Sangsangai is a registered 501c3 charitable organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.