REPORT FROM NEPAL - APRIL 25th 2016
One year later, what is really happening in Nepal?
Even after one year of the devastating earlthquake most of the people affected by the eathquake are still living below the subsistence level--deprived of proper shelter, food, water, sanitation, health and education facilities.
On the 28th of March, Nepal experienced a sand storm that was so strong and damaging that many earthquake victims lost their skimpy shelters– leaving even thousands more homeless again! Despite its efforts the government has been unable to provide sufficient support to help most of the victims. Entire villages are in need of food, shelter and medical care. Global Family Village-Nepal and its partners HimRights and Chhatrapati Free Clinic (CFC) have joined together to help provide medical care, community empowerment and psychosocial support to underserved areas. We believe that this collaborative approach is strengthening and increasing our impact, effectiveness and hopefully, the sustainability of our efforts.
HimRights has been advocating for the rights of the victims to receive the compensation that is due to them by the government reconstruction policy. The reconstruction authority has just begun to build local mechanisms to distribute grants and loans to the victims, as promised by the government. This will take years. It is most likely that without outside help the earthquake survivors will have to live through another dangerous Monsoon season, and wait till next October to rebuild their homes.
HimRights and CFC also contribute to the distribution of aid to earthquake victims whenever and wherever possible. Just last week, HimRights distributed blankets to 74 senior citizens, 87 single women, 20 disabled and 24 others who are also earthquake-affected people in Godavari. Earlier, they distributed bamboo and zinc roofs to 7 families of the same ward. Paharis and Nagarkotis are one of the most marginalized groups in this community who depend on bamboo crafts for livelihood and for their shelters.
Chhatrapati Free Clinic has continually supported the medical needs of the earthquake victims and impoverished villages through health camps and distribution of medicines. Since the earthquake they were also instrumental in distributing zinc roofing material to over 1,200 families. They are seeking funding to 'cover' as many families as possible before the monsoons arrive in 2 months.
To help alleviate the damage to children who are too young to comprehend what is happening, Global Family Village-Nepal is continuing to reprint and distribute the book Gita and Shyam, The Day the Earth Shook. It is an (all Nepali) coloring book with a guide for parents and teachers to help young children who have experienced the earthquake to understand and cope with their feelings. (The original English version was funded by the National Child Trauma Stress Network (NCTSN) To date, with the help of our partners, 71,400 books have been distributed to children in the hardest hit areas.
The book distribution and training for teachers is also being conducted in coordination with the project sites of Chhatrapati Clinic and the Child-friendly Safe Spaces of Him Rights. We are all very pleased to be working together. We helped build the preschool in Bungamati, including teacher training! But the local school and others, remains unbuilt or partially built and vulnerable to the elements.
Please join us as we help those that need shelter and support, NOW before the onslaught of the Monsoons.
GLOBALGIVING WILL BE MATCHING ALL DONATIONS ON APRIL 25TH, ONLY. Donations will be matched as long as the funding lasts, so please enter your support starting at 9 am, EST.
Thank you very much!
Anjana Sakya, HIMRIGHTS
Bijaya Mali, CHHATRAPATI FREE CLINIC
Kishor Shrestha, GLOBAL FAMILY VILLAGE-NEPAL
Freema Davis, GLOBAL FAMILY VILLAGE
Report from Nepal - Spring 2016
It's not over yet!
Almost 1 year post earthquake disaster, and Nepal is still being bombarded from all sides. The 6-month Indian blockade brought the country to its knees. And it's not over yet. The diesel and gas situation has not fully eased. People are still lining up at the fuel stations and for cooking gas. There is talk that the situation will worsen. On the 28th Kathmandu experienced a sand storm that was so strong and damaging that many quake victims lost their shelters– leaving thousands homeless again!
Peoples' fears and worries have not subsided. In fact, due to the earthquakes, the numerous aftershocks (425 over 4.0 as of April 4th!!) and Indian blockade, Insomnia is becoming chronic in Nepal, according to the New York Times Republica on March 24th. Symptoms of post-traumatic syndrome for children is more difficult to diagnose and, if left untreated it is more likely to cause problems later in life.
To help alleviate the damage to children who are too young to comprehend what is happening, Global Family Village is continuing to reprint and distribute the book Gita and Shyam, The Day the Earth Shook. It is a coloring book with a guide for teachers to help young children (and their parents & teachers) who have experienced the earthquake to understand and cope with their feelings. Equally important the same book helps children to be prepared in the likely event of another massive quake in Nepal. To date, with your help over 70,000 books have been distributed to children in the hardest hit areas. The response to the book has been overwhelmingly positive. Even older children and parents love it. In Falpin, Sindipulchowk, an impoverished area that was very badly hit, children of all ages were sharing just a few coloring books! (see enclosed photo). Wouldn't it be great if it were made available to every young child in Nepal? There are 34,000 Early Childhood Development Centers in Nepal, with about twenty-five 3-5 year olds at each. 850,000 copies will do it!
NEW HOUSE, NEW SCHOOL, NEW HOPE!
At home and back to work for kids in Bungamati.
Our partner in Bungamati, the Cooperative Society of Bungamati has been very busy. Despite incredible setbacks, the new home for the children is almost built. The children of the Bungamati Family House are very proud of their new home. (brick building in the background). The 5 pre-school classrooms are all finished. All the teachers have received extensive follow-up training, headed by Dr. Loren Weybright. Unfortunately, the older children are still waiting for their classrooms.
There has been an outpouring of support for this cultural landmark village. Some major funding has been received for the rebuilding of the ancient temple. But so many individuals lost their livelihoods or use of their houses. The HomeStay program that was helping to support the children's home no longer exists, as all the homes that were being used are partially or totally destroyed.
We are pleased that we could have played some role in the progress that's been made. We remain committed to continue, as you can see there is still great need.
We thank you for your continuing support. Together, we really can make a difference.
Namaste from Freema Davis and the staff and Board of Global Family Village-Nepal