NEPAL EARTHQUAKE RELIEF- ACT BEFORE MONSOON
Organized by: Mahesh Sharma
Mahesh Sharma via Crowdrise
June 07, 2015
NEPAL EARTHQUAKE RELIEF: ACT BEFORE MONSOON
“...Before the Earthquake we feared death, crushed beneath the ruins of our rented house. We tried to prepare to survive in an apocalyptic landscape. Tens of thousands of dead, air filled with dust and fires from countless cremations. A struggle for water, for life, a simple injury turning life threatening. None of this came to pass for us. For others now dead, or homeless the worse happened. We had all thought a major EQ here would be an urban disaster and not the rural one and on such a scale in the inaccessible villages in the mountains and valleys…” - Jame Oglethorpe, 2015
In the Spring of 2015, Nepal was struck by a handful of massive tremors up to 7.8 Richter Scale respectively. Since April 25, over 8600 have been declared dead and more than 20,000, injured. The Hundreds of thousands of houses were flattened and hundreds of thousands of families were left homeless and are forced to live in makeshift camps with minimal facilities. More than 14 district of Nepal have been severely affected and among them more than 90 % of the houses in Nuwakot, Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha and Dhading have been turned into rubble. A month in, following the first major earthquake, many have not received sufficient relief for storm-term survival. Many of the affected regions lie in difficult geographical terrain where there are either very minimal road networks or no access to transport at all. To reach some of the worst hit area it takes about 4 to five days of walk.
The worst case scenario is yet to come, as the monsoon is soon approaching in June. Almost all the families in the affected area are living in a makeshift tent with very minimal basic facilities. It has been observed that the place where people are residing at the moment is very fragile and the chances of disease outbreaks is very high due to lack of proper installation of temporary toilets and disposal of solid waste in the temporary camps. There is a significant chance of leachate contamination from nearby temporary toilets and rotten livestock from flattened debris (It has not been removed due to shortage of manpower) in the drinking water. The contaminated water is the host for various water and vector-borne diseases so that there is a fear of major epidemic outbreak with the arrival of monsoon season. Hence to deal with these forthcoming challenges we are emphasizing on the necessity to provide hygiene kit to deal with this precarious situation.
Hygiene Kit consist of basic materials which helps people to maintain their daily hygiene routine. Our Hygiene Kit consists of soaps (shower and laundry), towels, shampoo, sanitary pads, toothpaste, toothbrushes, nail clipper, water disinfectant, clothes hanging rope, combs, mug, soap holders, and a water bucket. Hygiene kit will be compliment with hygiene education and hygiene promotion which is very important during the rainy season that starts in early June. This Kit supports the earthquake victims in maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene and our Kit will support them at least for 3 months (monsoon period). One family Hygiene Kit costs 15$.
We are also delivering Water Filters to hundreds of families following the Earthquakes of 25th April. One filter will help one household / family for at-least two years for clean drinking water. We have selected few models depending upon the size of a family, its easiness to use and simpleness to maintain. In 35 $ you can provide a clean drinking water for one family for two years.
We are also building 50 shared toilets with water storage and supply system for 300 Households. The ratio of toilet to households is 1:6. Six households will share one toilet in this emergency period. This is only for emergency period. Later after monsoon we will be building more toilets there.
300 Households from Nuwakot and Ramechhap Districts
300 Hygiene Kits for 300 Households - 300 * 15$ = 4500 $
300 Water Filters for 300 Households - 300 * 35 $ = 10500 $
50 Shared Toilets for 300 Households - 50 * 100 $ = 5000 $
Centre for Environmental Action and Development (CEAD) is a Nepal based NGO encouraging environmentally-mindful development whilst delivering improved livelihood action nationwide. We are addressing Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) issues in post-earthquake scenario. CEAD will intervene through a national WASH coordination prior to monsoon in hopes of slowing down the rate of disease esp. Cholera. To address the issue of WASH in the preliminary phase CEAD is going to distribute the Hygiene Kit, Water Filters and also Rebuilding toilets for the affected households. Currently, we are focusing in Nuwakot and Ramechhap districts. We are coordinating with National and Local Government bodies for the better understanding of the situation and we are tirelessly working with local people in affected areas. Check our website here
HOW WE WILL ENSURE THAT YOU KNOW WE ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING
100% of funds collected here will go towards earthquake victims. We don’t use this fund for administration. We will send a picture of family receiving a Hygiene Kit and Water Filters to you with a THANK YOU playcard. Also for Shared Toilet, we will send a group photo of those families who will be using the toilet. We will also share the final detail report with you.
We urgently need your help to save lives!
CEAD Team, Nepal