ROTARY CLUB DILLIBAZAR- KATHMANDU NEPAL EARTHQUAKE RELIEF
Organized by: Dipti Sharma
ROTARY CLUB DILLIBAZAR-KATHMANDU
APPEAL FOR DONATION FOR HUMANITARIAN PURPOSES FOR EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS IN NEPAL
RC Dillibazar is uniquely placed in the crowded part of the Kathmandu Valley and with the able hands of Rotaractors of Rotractor Club of Dillibazar can provide assistance to the community immediately.
RC Dillbazar, in its Club Meeting on 29 April 2015, made a decision to form a committee to oversee the humanitarian relief operations conducted through the Club. The committee has six members including President Arun Regmi; other members are Past President Dr. Uday R. Sharma, Past President Jayendra Rimal, Vice President Indra Shekhar Khadka, President Elect Khagendra Dhakal, Member Meera Pradhan. The team has the full mandate to evaluate the situation within the reach of the Club will provide assistance immediately, especially in providing emergency food, drinking water, medical supplies, and temporary shelters. The target area of the Club is the Kathmandu Valley and the adjoining districts (Kavre Palanchok, Sindhu Palanchok, Nuwakot and Dhading). The Club, like any Rotary Club in the world, does not charge its overhead of the expenses and work through its sister organizations including Rotaractor Clubs, RCC, Interactor Clubs, and several grassroots organizations. A transparent system of operation and audited account at the end of the project are the pride of Rotary Club internationally.
WHAT THE MONEY WILL FOCUS ON
Nepal needs supplies of immediate relief materials and assistance to re-build infrastructure. The cost may run into billions. Government of Nepal is soliciting financial and technical support from bilateral and multi-lateral partners. It is encouraging that the supports are being continuously been pledged. These big supports will have its role, but the organizations like the Rotary has its unique role in identifying the needy people reaching them speedily. It can work in its area of focus to provide immediate assistance to the people in the hard-hit zones with emergency medicine, food , water and temporary shelters.
Rotary will continue to do needs assesment and provide updates on where the money is needed. For now we plan to use it for temporary shelter such as tarps and food.
DETAILS OF THE TRAGEDY
The day, 25th April, 2015, will remain as an infamous day for Nepal. An earthquake, measured 7.9 Richter Scale, with epicenter 80 km north west of Kathmandu devastated many rural areas of Nepal and also many parts of Kathmandu Valley. The tremor was felt all over the country as well as in the neighboring states of India and Tibet. It reminded many Nepal the day 82 years ago when a similar devastating earthquake above 8 RS had leveled most parts of Kathmandu and many parts of the country.
In four days since the first earthquake on 25th April, the country is hit by above 101 earthquakes of above 4 RS and above 600 earthquakes below 4 RS. Government record shows in excess of 5, 000 people lost their lives, twice that number injured, and unknown number still buried, some of them still expected to be alive. There are several heart breaking stories of human tragedy and loss of property.
Millions of people, who lost their houses in the earthquake are compelled to spend nights in the open air with very little food or water. The rescue operations are slow and relief packages have barely started to reach the devastated sites. In the history of Nepal, the government of Nepal is challenged to provide service to an estimated 8 million people with its ill-prepared, incompetent bureaucracy. Even on the fifth day of the major quake the people especially in the remote areas, 750,000 people in the hard -hit areas, are braving their survival against rains, snows and cold weather, with very little assistance reaching to them. Nearly 70,000 houses were destroyed and another 530,000 homes were damaged across the 39 of Nepal's 75 districts.
People are in dire need of emergency health services and medical supplies, temporary shelters, safe drinking water and sanitation facilities. Decaying human bodies in the rubbles and un-disposed carcasses of livestock are creating situations for epidemics of cholera and influenza.
Please email me with questions and concerns. Sharma.email@example.com
You can also email Arun Regmi, President of the Rotary Club Dillibazar-Kathmandu at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr Uday Raj Sharma, Former President of Rotary Club Dillibazar-Kathmandu at email@example.com