Feb 22, 2016

Winter Support for Earthquake Survivors

Nepalese woman receiving her support-kit
Nepalese woman receiving her support-kit

Initial position
The two devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal in April and May 2015, as well as a series of strong aftershocks continuing for over a month have caused severe damage and human loss. It is estimated that the lives of about eight million people, almost one third of Nepal’s population, have been impacted. Overall, 8.898 people have been confirmed dead, 22.309 have been injured.

31 of the country’s 75 districts have been affected out of which 14 were severely hit. District Sindhupalchowk, in which Caritas Austria is implementing a majority of its earthquake-related projects, is considered as one of the most severely hit districts.

43.000 people supported
During the first weeks and months after the earthquakes Caritas Austria reached and supported 43.000 people with food, shelter materials, hygiene kits and medicines. Thanks to temporary school tents, 5,700 children were able to pursue their education in a secure environment.

The reconstruction of the compound wall of the Mary Ward School (a partner Caritas Austria has supported for many years) was an important contribution to the safety and security of the 375 children.

Winter support
During December 2015 and January 2016 Caritas Austria was able to distribute CGI-sheets, solar lights and much needed warm blankets for the cold winter season to more than 470 households in Tauthali, Sindhupalchowk. The whole community of Tauthali was very active in taking part and facilitating the distributions and all people were happy to receive the extra support to get through the cold winter-months.

Back to school
Nearly all educational establishments in the project area were severely or completely damaged and are in need of retrofitting or rebuilding. This project will thus also rebuild 40 completely destroyed classrooms and retrofit 30 partially destroyed classrooms using earthquake resistant construction methods. Additionally and in order to offer appropriate hygiene standards, 5 toilets and 5 water supply systems will be rebuilt. 1,750 children will have access to a structured school day/rhythm. The principle of Cash for Work will be applied here again involving the parents of the school children. They will be instructed by a qualified team, experts in earthquake-resistant construction methods. They will benefit by gaining valuable skills and earning much needed money.

Target group

- 1.750 direct beneficiaries (school children)
-    125 beneficiaries for Cash for Work activities

Nov 15, 2015

Help of Caritas Austria in Nepal

Eva Fleissner, Caritas Austria, & Nepalese pupils
Eva Fleissner, Caritas Austria, & Nepalese pupils

Devastating Earthquakes
The two devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal on 25 April 2015 (magnitude 7.8 on Richter scale) and on 12 May 2015 (magnitude 7.3 on Richter scale), as well as a series of strong aftershocks continuing for over a month have caused severe damage and human loss. It is estimated that the lives of about eight million people, almost one third of Nepal’s population, have been impacted. Overall, 8.898 people have been confirmed dead, 22.309 have been injured.
31 of the country’s 75 districts have been affected out of which 14 were severely hit. District Sindhupalchowk, in which Caritas Austria is implementing a majority of its earthquake-related projects, is considered as one of the most severely hit districts.

Help of Caritas Austria
Caritas Austria has been working in Nepal over the past ten years with a wide range of partners mainly focusing on development cooperation and more specifically on projects for rural development (food security and agriculture) and for children. Since the earthquake Caritas Austria has significantly scaled up its response in Nepal, building on partnerships with Caritas Nepal, PHASE Nepal, RRN (Rural Reconstruction Nepal), Mary Ward School and CRS (Catholic Relief Services).

43.000 people supported
During the first emergency relief phase – the first weeks and months after the earthquakes -  Caritas Austria reached and supported 43.000 people with food, shelter materials, hygiene kits and medicines. Thanks to temporary school tents, 5,700 children were able to pursue their education in a secure environment.
The reconstruction of the compound wall of the Mary Ward School (a partner Caritas Austria has supported for many years) was an important contribution to the safety and security of the 375 children.

Winter proof houses
In light of the approaching winter, Caritas Austria and its partners are planning to support 1,200 families living in mountain villages of the Sinhupalchowk district with further shelter materials to help them deal with harsh winter conditions (such as corrugated iron sheets, blankets, tarpaulins, insulating materials and solar lamps.) Further, the aim is to train them into making their homes winter proof.

Strong involvement of the local population
For the current reconstruction phase Caritas Austria emphasises on shelter projects and the strengthening of livelihoods. The focus lies on the reconstruction of the destroyed houses as well as school buildings. This will be done through a strong involvement of the local population: they will receive trainings in earthquake-resistant construction techniques and will be given the opportunity to participate in cash-for-work programmes.

These CGI sheets serve as provisional roofs.
These CGI sheets serve as provisional roofs.
Aug 3, 2015

Report on Caritas Austria aid campagne

Distribution of relief packages
Distribution of relief packages

Most of the funds that Caritas Austria raised on a national level have been used to distribute building materials like corrugated metal sheets and tools, so that after the devastating earthquake and the aftershocks people can start building preliminary shelter and rebuilding their houses.

In August Caritas Austria in collaboration with different partners is starting the strategic planning for the rehabilitation of the destroyed regions. Help will be concentrated on the construction of schools, health facilities as well as private housing. In cooperation with the local organization PHASE and Caritas Nepal, and despite the shortage on the global markets, it was possible to provide every household in Hagam, Fulpingdanda, Kadambas, and Jalbire with bundles of corrugated metal sheets for the preliminary reconstruction of those houses and buildings damaged or destroyed by the earthquake. Up to this point a total of 4.180 households could be aided in this way and another 70 households shall be reached within the next few weeks. In addition another 4.223 households in Flupingdanda, Hagam, Flupingkot, and Jalbire were provided with shelter kids consisting of blankets, sleeping mats, and WASH-kits (water, sanitation, and hygiene) and another 1.200 household shall receive further WASH-kits within the next weeks.

The monsoon season has begun and excess to remote villages has been–and still is–a big challenge for the international aid helpers. Within these months the highest priority lies in providing the much needed shelter. In cooperation with Caritas Germany and with funds from the donation campaign “Nachbar in Not” Caritas Austria bought and already distributed 1.000 tents which among other things are used as school-tents.

 
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