Karuna Trust

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Sep 29, 2015

Update: Stories from the field

Here are some updates from the emergency relief efforts. Thanks so much for all of your donations and support. I'll be sharing more stories from the field soon.

 

Santa , 48 from Chhaimale has survived the earthquake but lost his grandson and his house. Santa says-‘This has been a horrifying experience. There is no explanation to how much painful this has been. I lost my only grandson. Our house has turned into rubble. Houses can be rebuilt but I can’t get my child back again.

I have seen lots of relief materials coming to the village but the powerful ones have seized them from people like us who actually needs the relief. However, I am thankful towards Green Tara for providing some relief during the need. Until now, Santa’s family has only received tent to live in temporarily and food ration from Green Tara Nepal. He hasn’t been much able to get his hands on relief materials provided by other agencies. He suggested that if any organisation wants to provide support to the disaster victims, they should directly approach the affected people and families rather than government officials and political leaders.

 

Padam, 35 is from Chhaimale-6. Like many of the residents in Chhaimale, he has seen his house turning into rubble within few minutes of the major earthquake. Padam and his family had received some relief materials including food ration and tarpoline tents from GTN/GTT, for which he is very grateful.

Padam shares- ‘Our house has turned into rubble in front of my eyes. We feel lucky to be even alive. I am very thankful towards GTN for providing the relief materials in such time of distress. Now, we atleast have a roof above our head and have food to eat. He further adds that he is particularly concerned about the children. He says- ‘They are very terrified at the moment. I worry that this experience might affect their health in long term. On the other hand, it is getting very difficult to maintain good hygiene. There are no proper toilets and waste disposal sites’. Awareness and support on these hygiene issues are needed.

 

Kancha, 40, from Chhaimale is now living with his family in a small makeshift tent after his house completely fell down as a result of the massive 7.6 Richter scale earthquake.

Kancha shared his excruciating experience with Green Tara Nepal’s staffs.-’ Before the earthquake, at least we had a house to live in, which we don’t have any more. All of the cattle we had came under the house and died. Our family is very poor. We don’t have anything else in the name of property. I don’t know if we can ever rebuild the house. All of this has been immensely horrible to me and my family. We are hoping for relief from government’s side soon.’

Kancha told that he has not received any sort of support from government’s side yet.

 

Chuna Sunar, 66 from Chhaimale-9 is another survivor of the 7.6 Richter scale major earthquake. Chuna’s house, like many other houses in the affected area is still standing but is not in a condition suitable to live in. She is now living under the tent provided by GTT/GTN with her family nearby her damaged house.

Chuna says’’ We are very thankful towards GTN for providing us food and tent (temporary shelter) in such difficult time. This has been very helpful in healing the wound somehow. Chuna also explained that there are no toilets or a place to dispose the waste. She was concerned regarding the health and hygiene of her family. She has requested Green Tara to provide support which will help them maintain health and hygiene.

 

Baburam, 86 is from Chhaimale-9.Baburam lives in a joint family with 18 members including his grandchildren. Like many of the residents in Chhaimale, he has seen his house turning into rubble within few minutes of the major earthquake.

Baburam says-‘In such difficult times, the only thing I am very grateful is that me and my family are safe. But I am not happy with the government authorities. It has been long that the earthquake has hit. Unfortunately, we haven’t received any relief materials or support from the government yet. The only support we have got is the food ration and the tent from Green Tara for which we are very thankful.

He is now living with his family under the tents provided by GTT/GTN as a support for the earthquake affected.

Sep 11, 2015

Dattatray Starts Out On His Career

Dattatray, 24, comes from the village of Kakadwadi. He is from a very poor family. Dattatray was able to fund his university studies by doing night shift work in a hospital. After completing a Bachelor of the Arts he looked hard for local employment opportunities to support his parents and younger brother. However given the poor employment outlook in the region he was unable to find work. Dattatray described himself as being completely frustrated and depressed.

In September 2014 a worker from the Karuna project was visiting Dattatray’s village to lead a workshop on employment opportunities for young people in the village. Dattatray and other young people at the meeting shared their hopes for the future and their frustrations that much of the skills training courses required by employers were unaffordable. The project worker took the details of those attending and the skills they were interested in developing.

In November of 2014, with encouragement from the project team, Dattatray enrolled in the Digital Photography course. Making the 22km trip each day for three months he applied himself and started to develop his skills as a photographer. He learnt natural photography, passport photos, family and functional photos and event photography.

Following the completion of the course Dattatray searched for a loan to purchase his own camera. After many refusals his uncle loaned Dattatray the money. Using this he bought a second hand camera, a table, chair and rented a small room to start his photography studio. Soon he was earning enough income to live independently.  

Now Dattatray is a confident young man. He has plans for the future to expand his business after he has paid his uncle back fully. He is now supporting his parents and helping to put his younger brother through education. Dattatray is very grateful for the opportunity to start out in his career. None of this would have been possible without the help of the project’s supporters.

Aug 25, 2015

Gazala Gains Security and Confidence

Gazala is 19 years old. She lives with her parents, brother and two sisters in the Bhimnagar Slum in Vishrantwadi. The family live in a single room house with tin walls and tin roof for shelter.   

Gazala first heard of the project through a survey of the needs of the local community being conducted by the project team. At the time Gazala was unemployed, out of school, and with little to occupy her. The family was struggling to survive on her father’s £60 per month income.

With encouragement from the project workers, Gazala enrolled in the projects 4 month tailoring course with the hope of helping her family. Though she was unsure of herself and slow to ask questions she soon gained confidence. Gazala now runs her own small business stitching clothes for the local community. Her £50 per month income allows the family to live with greater security.

Having experienced the benefits of the project Gazala now enrolls other girls from her neighborhood into the project. She is one of the many examples of individual transformation created by the project.

 

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