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by Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness
Support Nepal Earthquake Relief
Support Nepal Earthquake Relief
Support Nepal Earthquake Relief
Support Nepal Earthquake Relief
Support Nepal Earthquake Relief
Support Nepal Earthquake Relief
Support Nepal Earthquake Relief
Support Nepal Earthquake Relief
Support Nepal Earthquake Relief
Support Nepal Earthquake Relief
Support Nepal Earthquake Relief
Support Nepal Earthquake Relief
Support Nepal Earthquake Relief
Forms being filled before relief distribution
Forms being filled before relief distribution

On May 9th, a team from ECCA left for ward 8 and 9 of Lisankhu V.D.C., Sindhupalchowk with relief materials along with Mr. Gopal Bhandari, a local from the village. The site for the distribution was selected as per his request. None of the relief teams had previously reached the village. ECCA distributed food ration (a sack of rice, salt, lentils, oil and sugar) as well as tents / tarpaulins to 50 households.

“When I reached my village a few days after the earthquake, I was saddened to see the devastation. I was immensely bothered by the fact that no help had reached my village. My heart filled with a desire to help my fellow villagers as much as I could”, Mr. Gopal said.

“I was fortunate to get help from ECCA”, he said. “I accompanied the ECCA team and was present during the distribution. Their (the local villagers’) smiles satisfied me greatly. I am happy to be able to do something for my family as well as all the villagers there”.

The locals departed with warm smiles and blessings. Receiving relief materials for the first time gave the villagers hope and helped them to start thinking beyond the destruction.

Thank you for your support. Your generous donations are extremely valued.

Thank you & Regards,

Palistha Shrestha

Villagers carry away their share
Villagers carry away their share
A crowd gathers, awaiting relief
A crowd gathers, awaiting relief

On May 10, 2015 ECCA team left early in the morning for Kudare, Ward 1 of Kunchowk V.D.C. and Shyanbho of Chautara Municipality both in Sindhupalchowk district.

When the ECCA team reached there, the villagers welcomed them gratefully and gave their full cooperation throughout the distribution. ECCA distributed food ration (a sack of rice, salt, lentils, oil and sugar) to 52 families in Kudare and to 18 families in Shyanbho.

A local from another ward (# 2) came to the distribution site and demanded some of the supplies to be sent to his ward as well. After a small discussion, the locals from both the Wards were able to reach an understanding. All the relief materials were left under the care of the locals from Ward 1.

“Everything was going smoothly with the distribution but it halted abruptly in the middle with the meddling of a local person from Ward 2. He went as far as to threaten us. He said, the next time we bring relief materials, we better bring some for them as well or else …..” Ashish Maharjan, a volunteer from ECCA said with disbelief. He said he hadn’t expected such threats while distributing the relief materials.

“After everything was over, the locals parted with us with great respect. Before I left the village, they gathered around and presented us with a Khata, a small token of their gratitude they said”, Ashish reminisced with joy. He felt overwhelmed at their response.

The return back was obstructed by heavy rainfall and storms. Due to the damage of the roads and the high probability of landslides, the ECCA team decided to stay back in the village. Our volunteer spent the night in Mr. Suman’s tent (as his house was also damaged in the quake) and returned the next day. Mr. Suman is a local person who had come to ECCA requesting assistance. ECCA is thankful to Mr. Suman for his understanding and cooperation.

This trip was initiated as per the request of the local villagers. Many more programs are being conducted based on the request of the local villagers. This ensures that the relief materials reach the villagers.

Distribution of relief materials
Distribution of relief materials
Distribution of relief materials
Distribution of relief materials
Landslides on the way
Landslides on the way

A team of ECCA Staff and volunteers (total 4) were dispatched to distribute relief materials (tarpaulin for shelter and shovel, spade, saw, helmet, hammer to remove debris & salvage belongings from inside the damaged house) in Mirge VDC of Dolkha District on 12th May 2015. During their travelling, the 2nd big earthquake (of 7.3 magnitude) hit with an epicenter in Dolkha. After the relief distribution, fortunately, our team returned safe from the trip (the next day). The detail experience of the trip was provided in the previous report.

Please find the video of the trip in the youtube link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmtZN5YFxy0 

As per the plan to distribute relief materials to the people of Mirge VDC of Dolkha District (one of the badly affected area), a team of 4 ECCA staffs and volunteers (Bipin Shrestha, Sambhu Maharjan, Bipin Dahal and Ashish Maharjan) headed to Dolkha early morning on 12th May 2015. On their way to Mirge, at 12:50 pm, another big earthquake of 7.3 magnitude striked (making Dolkha as the epicenter …. the same area where they were headed to).

The road cracked at many places, and landslides occurred at many locations along the highway. All the local markets along the highway were destroyed. Worried about their safety, the team was immediately informed to return to Kathmandu (they had travelled half the way). However, as they were determined to distribute the relief materials, they proceeded ahead, removing the boulders on the road (which had fallen from the hill slopes) and pushing their loaded vehicle where required. Due to the harsh condition, they could not reach the destination that day and had to spend the night by the side of the road (some slept inside a tent and some slept inside the vehicle they were travelling in). Rising early the next day (at 5am), they continued their trip and reached Mirge around 11am. After distributing the relief materials (tarpaulin for shelter and shovel, spade, saw, helmet, hammer to remove debris & salvage belongings from inside the damaged house), they returned back on 13th May to reach ECCA Office at 10pm.

Bipin Shrestha, Team Leader and ECCA Program Officer writes in his facebook page “After the quake, everybody called and told to return. But, the worry of 710 families for whom I and my friends are taking the relief materials pulled me”. He further adds “Upon distributing the relief material, one aged women blessed me by placing her palm on my head. It helped me to forget all my hardships and blissful tears came to me eyes.”

We are very proud of you all.

HATS-OFF to you all for your courage and deeds.

Collapsed house in Nuwakot
Collapsed house in Nuwakot

A team of ECCA volunteers, in coordination with a local person from Dhohini, Nuwakot District made their way to the rural village with relief materials in the early morning of May 9th, 2015. The food ration consisting of a sack of rice, salt, lentils, oil and sugar along with tarpaulins for temporary shelter were delivered to the village, where almost all the old houses have collapsed due to the earthquake.

“People are living in cowsheds & open areas with very harsh life condition”, Ashish Maharjan, a volunteer who made the trip reported. “They cannot enter their houses and it’s the same in all neighboring villages.” People are drinking water directly from the source and were unaware of the health hazards that it might create in their health. He suggested filtering the murky water with a muslin cloth and using chlorine solution for removing pathogens, which the villagers promised to oblige.

The villagers were very happy to receive the relief materials. Moreover, the villagers from the neighboring village also gathered, hoping to get some share of the materials. They were also provided some materials.

Ashish voiced his happiness and satisfaction over being able to help the victims but seemed to be bothered by the fact that not all the villagers were able to get their satisfied share, while some received surplus.

This trip to a village in Trisuli, Nuwakot was initiated as per the request of the local villagers. Many more relief activities are being conducted based on the request of the local villagers. This ensures that the relief materials reach the villages.

Thank you for your support. Your generous donations are extremely valued.

Please follow us at   http://eccablogs.wordpress.com/   and  like our facebook page to get updates. We also look forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our works.

Thank you & Regards,

Palistha Shrestha

Make-shift shed built by the villagers
Make-shift shed built by the villagers
Distributing relief materials
Distributing relief materials
Locals carry away their share of food materials
Locals carry away their share of food materials
 

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