ACT Alliance Nepal Forum in Emergency response under ACT Appeal
In response to the devastating earthquake and its powerful aftershocks that struck Nepal in April 2015, altogether five ACT Alliance members have currently been involved in providing humanitarian assistance to the victims in the most affected regions across the country under ACT Appeal. The alliance members that have been actively involved in the process of the immediate aid and long-term relief mechanisms are Dan Church Aid (DCA), Finn Church Aid (FCA), ICCO Cooperation , The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Nepal and Lutheran World Relief (LWR).
The project tenure of all the alliance members is from 26 April 2015 to 30 April 2016. The overall support provided by the member organizations ranges across WASH, psycho-social and cash support, food security alongside safety and shelter to the victims with special focus on women and children. All in all, the alliance members are intended towards contributing to early recovery of the quake victims by providing them emergency assistance coupled with long-term sustenance support to help them cope with the current humanitarian crisis and go about their lives in dignity. In this way, all the four alliance members have been closely collaborating for the implementation of different components of the Appeal project.
Meanwhile, the DCA is carrying out its assistance programs relating to food security, cash assistance, psycho-social support, WASH and Non-Food Items in Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Dhading and Gorkha districts. The VDCs and areas of municipalities of the proposed districts have been selected in coordination with District Administration Office so as not to overlap with other agencies. The DCA has been collaborating with the local partners including Friends Service Council Nepal (FNCN), FAYA, WOREC, PAURAKHI, ECO Nepal and DPNET. Likewise, the FCA has focused its activities in Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhatapur districts. In partnership with Under Privileged Children Education Programme (UPCE), World Vision Advocacy Forum (WVAF) and Center for Mental Health Counseling (CMC), the FCA has been contributing its assistance to the earthquake victims in terms of community mobilization, school material distribution, psychosocial support, training to teachers, sensitization of parents, referrals and counseling. Similarly, the LWF has been targeting its relief activities with regard to psychosocial support, WASH, food security and other Non-Food Items for the victims in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Rasuwa, Sindhupalchwok and Dolakha districts. Correspondingly, the LWR has focused its assistance programmes in Gorkha and Lamjung districts with regard to livelihood development, transitional shelter, food security in addition to Non-Food Items.