But there is still great poverty in our village
I am a villager living near the banks of the Kosi River.
My Name is Updendra Kumar and I have a family of six children
We lost everything in the floods, our house and animals, but so many others died.
The waters still come every year but we can hope and pray things are getting better.
After and during the floods so many came to help us, but they did not stay.
Things have improved though, with the help of people who have committed themselves to support us and help us rebuild our lives. We have received animals to replenish our stock to help feed our children; we took a very small loan already repaid to enable my wife to start a small shop. Our children are back at school.
We have been able to strengthen our house, to make it safer for my family. I personally know so many others who have also received help.
In my experience it is the people from the small NGO’s that really care about us, but we have seen at last the government doing something to strengthen the barriers and help prevent this annual misery.
We are so grateful; all we want is our destiny in our own hands, with the help we have received we are on the way to a new and better life.
I have heard on the radio about the situation in Japan, my heart goes out to them as we know what it is like to lose everything.
Translated from Hindi, but is unedited