Urgent Appeal for Nepal

by Karuna Trust
Urgent Appeal for Nepal
Women of the project
Women of the project

Dear Supporters,

This is the final update we'll be sending from this project, which, thanks to being featured on Globalgiving, was able to secure $100,000 through Globalgiving grants to run 2 projects in the earthquake affected regions of Nepal where we are working.

The first project works to support psychological community-based first aid efforts aimed at children and the community of teachers and parents who support them.  Psychological First Aid (PFA) is a method recommended by many national and international expert groups, including the WHO, as an alternative to psychological debriefing. It outlines a humane and supportive response by members of a community with each other. 

The second project continues the work of providing centres for the health and wellbeing of women of reproductive age and their children.

We share these final pictures from Dhading: It's called the hilly area of Nepal and it is extremely remote and difficult to access especially in the rainy season. It's moving for us observe the living conditions in this predominantly Dalit village. There are so many tiny 14 year old mothers and malnourished children. The women are extremely grateful for the health support and counseling they get from the Green Tara Trust community health promoter.

Thank you for everything you've done so that this project can continue!

Building in Dharding
Building in Dharding
Beneficiary women 1
Beneficiary women 1
Beneficiary women 2
Beneficiary women 2
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Thanks to your generous donation, our partners have been implementing projects aimed at providing long-term sustainable support and change to the communities so adversely affected by the earthquakes in Nepal. The amount of work that is needed to rebuild peoples' lives in Nepal is enormous. Not just the physical rebuilding, but also the rebuilding of communities and the support and healing of the emotional trauma. The Karuna Team recently visited the area and heard from individuals who your funds helped support in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake

One such beneficiary is Shrijana. Shrijana is a member of the Dalit community in Dakshinkali. She is a widow and alongside her son she is an agricultural labourer. An older lady, she has chronic heart problems and took medication for these. Shrijana had been in contact with our project partner for four years prior to the earthquake, through a women's health support group. 

When the earthquake struck, Shrijana was on her farm cultivating maize. Trees around her fell down and there was a loud roar. She immediately thought of her son, working in fields nearby but too far to get to. She ran to her badly damaged house for shelter. As she was running, she tripped and hurt her ankle. Unable to walk or go for help, she was stranded in her own home. She had no way of contacting son to know if he was okay nor let him know she needed help. She did not know how she would be able to get more and her life was in danger.

Our partner in India, arrived in the local area very soon after the earthquake struck. They brought food and medical supplies and were able to refill her medication. They helped get her to the medical center via a stretcher. They also helped contact her son, who was fine. Her foot was taken care of and she was able to heal. Karuna also provided temporary housing for her to use until her house could be re-secured.


Shrijana's house
Shrijana's house
After the earthquake
After the earthquake
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Case 1:

Rewati, 25, comes from Thulo Khairatawa VDC in Nawalparasi. Her husband is a farmer. She helps her husband in the field and does household works. Rewati is an active member of Green Tara Nepal’s health promotion groups. She delivered her second baby in newly established birthing center of Green Tara in Thulo Khairatawa VDC.

Rewati shares her second experience of child birth with Green Tara staff like this-“When I was pregnant with my first baby, I did not have knowledge about the importance of antenatal care. Me and family family did not feel it was necessary to go to hospitals for child birth. So I had my first baby delivered at home. Luckily I did not have complications back then. After joining GTN health promotion group, I have realized how important it is to have antenatal and postnatal care as well as delivery in institution with skilled birth attendants. I think I made wise decision to deliver my second baby in the birthing centre. Also, me and my husband are happy to receive the incentives ”.

Rewati’s second baby was healthy with no complications and weighed 3000gms. She also received Rs 400 as an incentive for 4 Antenatal care visits, a bag containing warm clothes for mother and baby as well as Rs 500 as travel expenses to come for institutional delivery.

Case 2:

Anita, 22 is from Somani VDC ward 4. She lives alone with her newly born baby because her husband has recently gone to Malaysia for work. Many men in Nawalparasi district go abroad for labour works leaving their families behind. Anita has just given birth to her second healthy baby in Green Tara’s birthing center in Thulokhairatawa. Her first delivery had happened at home in the absence of skilled birth attendant which could be the major reason why the child died in few hours of birth.

Anita had come into contact with Green Tara Nepal during home visits. In the beginning, she was counseled by GTN staffs about the advantages of delivery in a birthing centre. Her second delivery took place in Green Tara’s birthing center on August 26. Her baby weighed 3000gms. Delivery was normal but later swelling was identified following an internal tear in the mother. So, she was referred to Hyper center(Butwal) for complication management. Now Anita and her baby are back home, safe and healthy. Anita says-“I am glad to have birthing center in my community. Because of which I was able to come for delivery in a health institution. Also the complication could be identified earlier and I was referred. I couldn’t have been able to bear the loss of another baby”.

Anita also received Rs 400 as an incentive for 4 Antenatal care visits, a bag containing warm clothes for mother and baby as well as Rs 500 as travel expenses to come for institutional delivery. She is now one of the members of GTN’s newly formed health promotion groups in Somani VDC, Nawalparasi.

Thank you so much for supporting this essential work. Happy New Year!

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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.

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distribution of supplies
distribution of supplies

Thanks to everyone who has supported Karuna's fundraising for the Green Tara Trust's work in Nepal.

I'm posting a number of updates now from the past months of work. This is the first - a summary of the initial relief activities and lots of pictures from the first month. 

Thanks to the support we recieved, in the weeks frollowing the earthquake, we were able to:

  • Conduct a rapid needs assessment locally, including a meeting with municipality officials, local women's networks and members of women's groups.
  • Met with local health facility staff and listed the emergency medicines needed for disaster and epidemic prevention and control
  • Bought 160 tents from Butwal and provided rice, lentils, salt and oil to the poorest families.
  • Sanitation and hygeine kits were bought and distributed at Daxinkali and Chhaimale. There are plans to distribute other emergency suppies there (such as blankets, torches etc.)
  • The priority is now controlling the outbreak of any epidemics locally. A staff member a volunteer are helping to promote proper waste disposal, the construction of temporary toilets and proper waste disposal. 
  • The main intervention beyond emergency relief will be the reconstruction of functioning birthing centres, so that women can give birth safely.

Thanks to everyone who has been able to help with this essential work.

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Karuna Trust

Location: London, England - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @karuna_trust_uk
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keval shah
London, England United Kingdom

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