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NEPAL Earthquake Relief - as it happened

This is a record of what we posted during the inital period

Many of our club members have visited Nepal several times over the years to provide assistance, and we have close links with communities there both as a club and as an organisation. We intended to raise as much money as we could to provide help to the Nepalese in their current difficulties.

We  collected in Ilkley for this cause after the first earthquake, starting with 4 days at Booths Supermarket, and another day in Tesco. The latest assessments are that 400,000 buildings have collapsed and 1.4m people need shelter and food. Roads and bridges have been destroyed and logistics for supporting remote communities are a nightmare.

We have collected so far over £3,000 from a very generous public, and in the light of the most recent earthquake we have decided to use a further £2,000 from club funds so that we can make an even more substantial contribution. To help us to make make further donations please click on our MyDonate box below:

 

We have in the past made significant donations to the Shelterbox charity, but our contacts in Nepal tell us that there is a significant bottleneck at the airport, which is holding up all kinds of aid including Shelterboxes, and as a result we have decided to provide more immediate and direct assistance via our partner organisations in Nepal. 

These are The Nepal Trust  and the Rotary club at Baglung which administers a Microloans Scheme funded by our club.

Both these organisations have been actively providing relief over the last week, by organising the purchase of food, medicines and shelter materials in India, and organising transport via truck, then 4x4, motorbike and finally by human porterage into the worst affected areas.

They can purchase the package of basic foodstuffs below for £4.50 :-,

A- The Relief Material includes. (Small Package)

1)      Rice  kg 5                                NRS.185/-

2)      Dal (Pulse) kg 1                      NRS.130/-

3)      Beaten Rice Chiura-    1kg      NRS.60/-

4)      Salt packet 1                           NRS.17/-

5)      Spices packet 3                       NRS.138/-

6)      Soya bin Oil pouch 1              NRS.58/-

7)      Noodles packet 5                    NRS. 57/-

8)      Biscuit pcs 6                            NRS. 60/-

9)      Soap.   pcs 1                            NRS. 20/-

Total: NRS.725/-


The bigger package below, including a tarpaulin, is £35 :-

B - The Relief Material includes. (Full Package)

1)   Rice  (25kg)Pcs 1                    NRS.1800/-

2)   Sugar kg 2                               NRS. 260/-

3)   Dalmod packet1                      NRS.   60/-

4)    Dry food Bhujia  packet 3       NRS.111/-

5)    Detergent Powder kg               NRS. 100/-

6)    Soap pcs2                                NRS.   40/-

7)   Tea pcs 1                                 NRS.  35/-

8)   Spices packet 3                       NRS.138/-

9)   Dal (Pulse) kg 2                      NRS. 130/-

10  Beaten Rice Chiura-    4kg      NRS. 220/-

11  Salt packet 1                           NRS.   17/-

12  Soya bin Oil pouch 2              NRS.116/-

)     Noodles pack 1                       NRS. 390/-

14 Blanket 1                                 NRS. 500/-

Tarpaulin.   pcs 1                 NRS. 1800/-

                           Total          NRS  5717/-

We have decided to transmit £2500 to each of these organisations immediately so they can carry on with the immediate relief effort.

The images at the top of this page were sent to us by the Nepal Trust, who also provided us with a description of one of their days relief effort as below.

From the Nepal Trust

At 5 am in the morning we collected tents coming in from Indian border via Dharan at the bus park. After this we drove to Nidan hospital in Patan to load up the equipment and gather the teams. We had arranged vans, trucks and jeeps to transport all supplies and people.

After over several hours driving we reached the main town below the village cluster at early noon. Our local community partners arranged motor bikes for us to be driven up the steep hills towards the villages.

Once in the village the medical team consisting out of doctors and nurses visited various villages to treat patients and to distribute medicines, whereas other teams distributed the relief materials.

We also brought in a local TV press team (Nepal Mandal Television) to expose the problems in the area to the outside world and to highlight the need for support in this area. Both team members and local people were interviewed and the distribution of materials and medical assistance was documented. The film will be broadcasted on television and we will receive a copy of this shortly.

People were grateful and happy and seem to have regained hope for a better life after our visit as they felt that the world has not forgotten about them.

In the evening we drove back down and visited another village to also distribute supplies at their main gathering point.

In all we distributed over 150 tents and 50 tarpaulins for individual households and schools, but also food supplies (over 2,000 kg rice and equally many bags of dry foods like chura, biscuits, noodles, etc.

The distribution effort was documented and administered by local village people through name lists, etc.

That night we drove back and we arrived Saturday night back in Kathmandu. A long day and all tired, but a very successful mission.






An Update From the Nepal Trust

Last weekend they visited one of the hardest hit areas with a team of local partner organisations, all of whom are offering to support initiatives being organised by the Nepal Trust. They travelled to the Sipapokhare VDC, which lies 80 km north of Kathmandu. 9 villages are located in this VDC, comprising approximately 135 households and 600 people. They focused mainly on the bigger, centrally located village, Gahatey. On return Jeroen reported:

“Whole villages have disappeared in total devastation and when we arrived we were the first to offer practical on the ground help; at that juncture there had been no sight or sound of the government.

We had arranged vans, trucks and jeeps to transport all of the supplies and the relief team. At 5am we collected tents that we had sourced from India and that were coming in via the Indian border via Dharan, thus avoiding the chaos of Kathmandu airport. We then drove to the Nidan hospital in Patan to load up additional equipment and marshal the team. After several hours driving we reached the main town below the village cluster at early noon. Our local community partners had arranged motorbikes to take us up the steep hills towards the villages.
Once in the village the medical team, consisting of doctors and nurses, spread out visiting the villages to treat patients and to distribute medicines; at the same time other members of the team distributed the relief materials. People were grateful and seemed to have regained some hope that the world had not forgotten about them.

As darkness set in we drove back down the valley, stopping to visit another village to also distribute supplies at their main gathering point. A long and tiring day but a very successful mission.”

In all Jeroen and the team distributed over 150 tents and 50 tarpaulins for use by individual households and schools and also food supplies (over 2,000 kg of rice and many bags of dry foods like chura, biscuits and noodles). Critically the distribution effort was administered efficiently by the local village people, who best understand where the greatest need lies.





Further Update From the Nepal Trust  - received 25.5.15

Please find hereby a new report of our latest mission in Sindhupalchowk.

We traveled to Kunchowk VDC, comprising 9 village clusters where we visited Kotdada Village, 

Distance from Kathmandu: 115 KM (About 10 KM off road)

House Holds: 215

Population : 1,490

VDC Death rate: 119 (in Kunchowk VDC)

VDC Injured rate: 350 (in Kunchowk VDC)

Through our logistic channels we distributed various items through The Nepal Trust, Nidan Hospital and Associates partnership, incl.:

Rice = 100 sacks of 30 kg @ 3,000 kg

Cloths = 80 kg

Tarpaulins = 100 pieces

Oil = 50 boxes

Noodles = 50 boxes

Big tent = 1 piece

Dry foods = 2 boxes

Chinese noodles = 2 boxes

Also

Attached some pictures of our latest truck load of equipment that we have send to Sindhupalchowk;

To reach more areas and to create more linkages with local and international partners with eye on future collaboration possibilities we/NTS are collaborating in partnership so we can make use of their local networks as well.

They mainly work in agriculture in the following 9 VDCs in the East:

Barahbise, Karthali, Ghorthali, Dhuskun, Chokati, Piskar, Tauthali, Pangretar, Thumpakhal.

To this end we also have supported the people there and have send the following:

1 - 128 Green house plastics - (High Qual. + groot) - for local farmers to be used as shelter and for food production/ storage

2 - 100 Bags of rice (3,000 kg)

3 - 42 Tarpolins (18x24 ft. - High Qual.) for local schools, students, health posts, community houses, etc.

More pictures of in-field implementation will come later.


Above report as at 28/5/2015      Further updates to follow

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