Earlier today, a major new earthquake struck Nepal, causing further loss of life and thousands more injuries. ActionAid is on the ground getting help to the people who need it most.
People are unable to go home as their houses are unsafe. The second earthquake has caused further damage to already unstable buildings and the trauma for women, children, families and communities will be immeasurable. The current humanitarian disaster is worsening and people are in grave need of emergency help.
My colleague on the ground told us, “We were in the middle of Kathmandu having a coffee and planning our work schedule when the earthquake struck. The Nepali members of the team told us to get out of the building. Everyone was trying to work out which way to run.
“All around us people were crying out to make sure people were safe. I was shaking uncontrollably. The most important job is now to contact our colleagues across Nepal to establish what the situation is so we can respond effectively to this latest earthquake.”
Thanks to generous support, we’ve already provided help and support to nearly 50,000 families. We’ve supplied food, water, shelter items and hygiene kits to families in the worst affected areas. The disbursement of supplies is being run by community networks, led by women and young volunteers.
As with all emergencies, ActionAid is planning a long-term response. In the long term we’ll be working with communities to protect their land rights, so the homes and farms they work hard to rebuild are guaranteed to be theirs. We’ll also be campaigning to make communities safer for women and young girls by making sure they have access to bathrooms and washing facilities where they’re safe from violence and the spread of disease.
Thank you for your generosity at this urgent time.
Dhapo is a widow. She has seven children (three daughters and four sons). A few years back, her husband died in a tragic accident while digging a well when he fell into it and was buried alive. She is a scheduled caste Hindu who is double marginalized: one for being a general minority and second for being a minority within the minority. She is leading a very difficult life as food insecurity remains a major cause of worry for her.
‘I am very glad to have a shelter (Chora) after my house was destroyed by heavy rainfall in the previous year (2011). I thank ActionAid and SAMI for taking care of my need of shelter. They also provided me food and non- food items in the very early days of flood devastation.” Said Dhapo.
After floods, I got seed support from SAMI and ActionAid, and was able to cultivate the crop. I want my children to study therefore I have to work much more than other fellow women. I weave caps and rilly(local shawl), do small jobs like making an earthen cooking pot and supporting other women in daily household chores.
This is how I provide for my children’s basic needs. I trust my Bhagwan (God) and remain hopeful of the good times ahead. I love to attend the REFLECT center where women discuss their issues, learn how to read and write and speak for women rights but mostly it is an opportunity to spare myself from multiple responsibilities of earning livelihood and running my home.
On recalling flood days, I feel scared of the fact that my children were crying with hunger and I really had nothing to offer them. I still wonder if SAMI and ActionAid had not come to our rescue and support, we could not have survived longer with hunger, homelessness and a chaos.’
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