We are a small group of Nepali volunteers based in Kathmandu. We have spent the past month raising funds from family and friends and providing emergency relief in some of the areas hardest hit by the recent quakes. So far we have worked in at least 11 VDCs in Sindhupalchowk, Rasuwa, Nuwakot, Dolakha, Ramechhap and Lalitpur districts. We have provided essential rations (rice, lentils, salt, oil), tarps (for emergency shelter) and zinc sheets (for building medium-term shelters) to hundreds of families, as well as given small amounts of cash support to some of the most vulnerable mothers in the quake-affected villages.
Our group is responsible for the entire process of this initiative – fundraising, procuring supplies, finding vehicles, and delivering and distributing the supplies to the community. All this is done in close coordination with trusted locals in the area, for past experience has taught us that consulting the locals at every step is crucial for effective and equitable distribution. Coordinating with locals has also helped us ensure that we provide materials that the community actually needs and are culturally appropriate. We try our best to reach the most disadvantaged communities and pay special attention to the needs of women, children and the elderly. A portion of our funds has specially been allocated for women with children who have lost the family’s breadwinner and have been left without any support.
Having received a very encouraging response from locals as well as others who care about Nepal, we have decided to continue our work for at least a few months. Monsoon is round the corner and the hundreds of thousands of people who have lost their homes are very worried that the tarps will not withstand the heavy rains. We are now trying to raise some more funds to help them build medium-term shelters, while also providing basic rations to communities that still need them. There’s an ocean of need and we have received dozens of requests for support from the affected villages. Therefore, we will have to prioritize areas that have yet to receive adequate relief. Over the last month we have built a strong network of local contacts in each of the districts we visited, and we will seek their advice before we select a place. A detailed report on our relief effort and the summary of expenses for each initiative will be posted on our blog soon after we return from the field.
Our team of volunteers
Ganesh & Yagya Ghale
(Supplies procurement, arranging vehicles, coordinating with locals and overseeing distribution in the field)
(Reporting, coordination, distribution)
Subha Ghale & Sharareh Bajracharya
(Coordination and distribution)
(Finance & account keeping)
Nubha & Prashanti Ghale
(IT assistance, blog management, financial record keeping)
Ash Kumar Rai, Deepak Ghale and Deepak Bajracharya have lent valuable assistance on several relief trips. Special thanks to Samrachana Adhikari for helping set up this blog. Many other friends and family members have generously contributed their time and labour to this initiative.