A family rebuilds after the earthquake in Nepal
In the aftermath of two devastating earthquakes in Nepal, a long-time UN Women NGO partner is supporting vulnerable families in rural areas not often reached by humanitarian assistance and providing more than 5,400 households with much-needed aid.
This family of traditional farmers, has worked on the land and over the years created beautiful flat terraces from what once was sheer hillside, allowing them to access the land, and grow their crops.
Their home located in Dakshinkali, an agricultural region on the ridgeline of the high hills just outside of Kathmandu City, was completely destroyed by the earthquake, and everything they owned is now gone. The men in the family farmed the land around the house, and usually managed to get by, but still it was a hand-to-mouth existence, with no chance of saving money, not even to buy a blanket or soap.
This shelter is the best they could make from what they could find around them. The nearest water source is 15 minutes’ walk away, and has to be carried back in containers, held inside traditional baskets. Shanta, with her new baby, joins her 18-year-old sister-in-law Kopila Tamang, who herself has a 5-month-old baby, Jivan. Two young mothers who are barely able to care for themselves, or their babies, are now facing even greater hardships.
The sanitary conditions are dangerous. The family toilet was also destroyed at the same time as their home. Their latrine is now an open field. The babies, young children, and elderly grandmother are most vulnerable to sickness as a result.
This family was discovered facing these harsh conditions by Pourakhi, an NGO set up with assistance from UN Women’s predecessor organization in 2003. With members working at the grass-roots level with women and in communities across Nepal, the organization’s founder directed Pourakhi members to scour the region to identify women, young babies and the elderly – who may face higher risks as a result of the earthquake, due to their social condition, illness and poverty.
A Pourakhi member located Shanta’s family, identified them as needing urgent help, and provided assistance. Pourakhi is distributing urgently needed aid such as tents, mats, blankets and dry food such as rice and noodles. So far, the UN Women partner has reached out to more than 5,400 households in the four hardest-hit districts.
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