An elderly woman tries to catch a pale beam of sunlight under a tent at the Sankhule IDP camp. Around 72 families are living in makeshift shelters in this camp. The shelters don’t receive any sunlight and are freezing cold even during daytime.
What used to be their village is now a bare hill slope. The entire village was swept away by a quake-triggered landslide. The community of Haku is now living in IDP camps in various sites in Rasuwa and Nuwakot.
Local volunteers from Haku carry stationery we provided for Shree Haku Secondary School. The school was completely destroyed. The students now attend classes under tarpaulin sheets in the freezing cold weather. Rebuilding is in limbo because the area is extremely vulnerable to landslides and the government has not provided public land. The locals have made numerous requests for support at the District Education Office, but to no avail.
Children at the Sankhule IDP camp played barefoot, in single-layer garments, while we shivered in our fleece and down jackets.
Handing over some clothes for local volunteers – sent by Numa Fudong from the UK, who has been actively involved in our relief work right from the beginning.
Review meeting with local volunteers from different VDCs in Rasuwa (venue: Sunshine Hotel, Dhunche)
Buddhi Tamang, a teacher at Shree Haku Secondary School, explains some of the critical problems faced by the Haku community.