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By Sunjuli Singh
Some children in Shree Manakamana Primary School in Dolakha were playing in round circles outside of the school building. Their parents were waiting for them to finish play so that they could take them back home.
Durga Shiwakoti is one of the students of grade two who studies in this school along with her two other siblings Saraswati and Bhagwati. These days, she loves to come to school to study and play ball, skip rope with her friends.
But there was a time when Durga used to be scared coming to school. The devastating earthquake that struck on 25 April 2015, damaged her school and many houses in her community including hers. The school building collapsed resulting in no classrooms for children to study.
Durga vividly remembers the time when they had no room to study in and instead had to stay in the open ground and sometimes under the tress for the entire day. So much so that she even had to walk about half an hour home if she wanted to use the toilet as her school toilet was in rubbles too. “Instead of walking home to use the toilet, I would just go to the jungle,” she says
Renuka Shiwakoti, who has been teaching in this school for the last 13 years, says she had never thought that she would have to experience such kind of days during her career as a teacher. “When there were aftershocks children would cry, shout and call for me saying Miss, I used to be scared too but at the same time, I had to take care of the students and their needs,” she adds.
Christian Aid and CEEPARD’s Support a boon
Children at Shree Manakamana Primary School now come to school on a regular basis following the reconstruction of their classrooms. Christian Aid in coordination with its local partner CEEPARD has built two class rooms and two toilets for the school so that children can study in a safer environment. “I feel safe to stay inside the newly built classroom and I like the doors and the windows,” Durga says. The smiles in the face of the children in the school and their keenness to stay there even after the school is over was really a sign of how safe they felt there and how they enjoyed being there.
Parents of the children also say that they feel confident enough to send their children to school as the class rooms have been constructed using the earthquake-resistant technique “As a parent, I think that all the children now have an environment where they can study better without fear,” Menuka Shiwakoti, mother of Durga says.
Christian Aid (CA) has been supporting schools affected by earthquake with infrastructure support, education materials and furniture in Dolakha, Gorkha, Sindhupalchok and Dhading districts.
By Umesh Pokharel
Dawa Nanggang Tamang (80 years), a senior citizen of Grey village in Gatlang village development committee (VDC), has finally completed reconstruction of his house. People from Gre supported Tamang in reconstruction. Skilled mason did huge discount on their remuneration while some unskilled labor worked free of charge. More importantly, his nephew took a lead in reconstruction.
At the beginning, Tamang was not sure if he could rebuild his house. Managing funds, finding masons to start reconstruction were a daunting task for him. The Octogenarian had no family members to support except for his septuagenarian wife.
“Once The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Nepal and Manekor Society Nepal (MSN) provided me first installment of shelter grant and LWF encouraged local masons to accord priority to build my house, situation favored me”, Tamang says.
“LWF Nepal and MSN provided a total of Rs 200,000 to Tamang while last installment of Rs 100,000 is still to be disbursed, ” Bhimshen Shrestha, Rasuwa District Manager of LWF Nepal says.
Dawa’s house was the first house in the village to be completed. As of now, a total of 22 houses have been rebuilt in the village while 79 are under construction.
LWF Nepal provides cash support of Rs 300,000 to 101 shelter beneficiaries in Gre village in Rasuwa while National Reconstruction Authority inspects the houses and provides feedback for necessary correction. Apart from that LWF Nepal provides technical support to make the house earthquake-resilient. Earlier, it provided training in earthquake-resistant masonry to local masons.
During the relief phase, LWF Nepal had provided relief materials, transitional shelter and livelihood support to the earthquake-affected population in the village. Also, LWF Nepal repaired/rehabilitated water schemes in the VDC.
National media have covered Act Alliance members’ joint monitoring visit to Nepal held in 11- 16 January, 2016. The visit was aimed at monitoring the activities and progress of Nepal Earthquake Response Program under Act Appeal. Dan Church Aid (DCA), Finn Church Aid (FCA), ICCO Cooperation, The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Nepal, Lutheran World Relief ( LWR) have been implementing the Nepal Earthquake Response program targeted towards the victims of the devastating earthquake on April, 2015.
Nepal is located in one of the most active and fragile mountain range in the world which makes it extremely vulnerable to disasters.Nepal saw one of the biggest earthquakes of its times on April 25th 2015 with a magnitude of 7.8 ricther scales which was followed by an equally powerful aftershock of 7.3 Richter scales on May 12 2015. Thirty five out of the seventy five districts of the country were affected. Over 8800 people lost their lives and millions were rendered homeless. ACT Alliance was one of the first to respond to the disaster and provide immediate relief and recovery support to the affected communities in different parts of Nepal.
January 11, 2016
The members of the ACT Alliance arrived here in Kathmandu on 10th of January for a joint monitoring visit. The visit is aimed at taking stock of the impact of the alliance’s and its partners’ assistance targeted towards the victims of the devastating earthquake on April earlier this year. The team started its field visit from 11th of January, following a kick-off program held at the capital’s Sangrila Hotel amid the presence of government and media representatives.
The rural Village Development Committee (VDC) of Kolki in Lamjung District comprises 377 households. It is situated between the northwestern border of Gorkha District and the eastern part of Bhalayakharka VDC in Lamjung. After the devastating earthquake on 25 April 2015, many people in Kolki lost their houses, foodstuffs, clothing and other belongings. People are now living under makeshift arrangements and emergency shelters with dismal protection from heat, rain and wind. The affected people do not even have adequate security of whatsoever belongings they are left with, as there is no cover and no secure space for household activities. Due to losing most their crucial possessions, they are in urgent need of essential supplies.
My Name is Gangalaal Shrestha, a resident of Baramchi VDC, Ward No. 3, Dabali of Sindhupalchowk district. I am seventy-four years old and have four sons, three daughters, four daughters in law and altogether seven grandchildren. However, I and my wife have been living separately from them for years.
Forty-six years old Nirmala Shrestha from Bungmati lost her house to the earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25th 2015. The earthquake killed over 9000 people and rendered thousands homeless. She currently stays in an open field nearby amid scarcities. Lately though, Nirmala is elated to have drinking water in her community.
Thanks to ACT Alliance,she along with other women in the her community,do not have to wake up at wee hours in the morning to fetch water. Instead, they can utilize the time for other productive activities, like spending time with their children. Nirmala is one of the seven household members of Bungmati who benefitted from the Bungmati Water supply scheme supported by ACT Alliance.
“I and my husband were resting inside our house after having a meal at about noon on 25 April 2015.” So began Mrs. Sukh Maya B.K., a 47-year-old woman belonging to Dalit community. She added it was then that they felt a violent shaking of their house and surroundings, which subsequently collapsed. They, with other families of Jaubari-2, Phinam, Gorkha, managed to escape and save their lives. They were but unable to take any of their food stuffs, clothes, kitchen utensils, or livestock out of their collapsed houses. Sukh Maya’s 78-year-old husband and 11-year-old son had attempted to recover the buried property and livestock immediately but to no avail, as the strong aftershocks continued.
David Smith, Regional Representative of South Asia of Dan Church Aid (DCA) and former convenor of ACT Alliance Nepal Forum , has handed over the convenorship of ACT Alliance Nepal Forum to Lutheran World Federation Nepal’s Country Director Dr. Prabin Manandhar on the dated 22nd December 2015 for following the 2016 and 2017. Mr. David served as the Forum’s convenor from January 2014 to December 2015.