Letter provided by Pita Primary School confirming the amounts of donations received by the families. The school management team is happy with the initiative and thanked donors and team for supporting these children who are in dire need of financial support. They said they will advise their parents to use these funds for income generation activities so that they can help educate their kids.
Girls from third grade reading in the sun. The classroom gets very cold in winter.
Group member Ganesh Ghale in a meeting with head teacher Kumar Sapkota (green jacket).
Brish Bahadur Negi, aged 7, with his mother Sarita, 27, and 5-month-old sibling Amrita. Brish’s father Karna Negi, 35, is disabled.
Handing over cash relief NPR 36,000 (donated by Mrs. Sheela Fudong) to Brish Bahadur Negi and his mother Sarita.
Bishnu Maya and her mother Sarita receive cash support in the amount of NPR 15,000 (from our relief fund) in the presence of the head teacher of Pita Primary School, Kumar Sapkota. She thanked the donors and said she will use the money for income generation activities (goat rearing).
School kids enjoying the sun and small snacks provided by our volunteers.
Raju Syngtan’s mother (mentally ill) Kanchhu Maya Syangtan, 45, and his siblings Bibi, 5, and Bir Syangtan, 21 months. We were told that Raju’s father Asman is an alcoholic and does not support his family. Therefore, his school teachers have taken the initiative to support the education of the two children.
Raju Syngtan, age 9 (Class 2), in front of his ruined house.
Raju Syngtan’s family shed. Five members of the family live in this tin shed.
Handing over NPR 18,000 (from our relief fund) to Raju’s mother.
Karna Negi waits outside his destroyed home for his wife to help him move.
Karna Negi’s cowshed was destroyed by the quake. His house is connected to this shed.
Meeting with the staff of Multipurpose Community Development Service on how to best utilise the funds received. They also served as witnesses when the money allocated for Raju’s mother was handed over to Bhuwaneswor Sir for safekeeping.
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.
Kumar Majhi’s post-earthquake family home, Sukkhajor. He hopes to rebuild a more permanent structure, and is the lead contact with a group from Kathmandu [our group] that is helping the villagers of their tiny, dozen-home hamlet in Ramechhap set up a savings and livelihood recovery scheme.
Kumar Majhi (far right) and his neighbour discuss record keeping for the new pig and goat farming livelihoods program with Yagya Ghale.
Women group together indoors to talk about a savings and credit scheme.
A man from a neighboring village has joined the meeting and explains his thoughts on how the village might get an electricity connection. Options are either a generator-driven pump at current black market fuel rates, or a complicated arrangement of stringing wires from other villages. None of the solutions lie in waiting for the government to bring the line that has been promised.
The men discuss ways to improve the new farming ventures; key will be getting better access to water. The fields and village are very dry with a tiny supply for household needs – cruel irony for a traditional fishing community on the banks of the Sunkoshi river.
Literacy is one of the main obstacles to setting up formal savings and credit groups or livelihood schemes which can apply for loans. Most people in Sukkhajor have not studied and many cannot sign their names.
Students from the village have to walk over an hour uphill to get to the local school. At 16, this 8th grader is several years behind. Last year four students from the school sat the national School Leaving Certificate, “and our top student failed in six subjects.”