Eddie Ozols, Anglican Aid's Operations Manager, has been in Gorkha, Nepal and visiting our partner the International Nepal Fellowship (INF). He has been able to see first hand how INF are implmenting earthquake relief and letting grace flow to people who lost so much from the 2015 earthquakes. The earthquake devastated the tiny, landlocked nation of Nepal which is home to 30 million people. Reports estimate that the earthquakes resulted in over 8,700 deaths, 22,200 injured and 2.8 million people in dire need of humanitarian assistance. More than 505,000 homes were damaged and 279,000 severely damaged.
So, what does earthquake relief actually look like? We hope this photo essay shows you some of the challenges that arise in delivering aid but how funds have been used to bless Nepali people.
The challenges faced in delivering aid are perhaps best highlighted by a visit to Thalajung village in the Gorkha province of Nepal.
It took three hours to drive 16 kilometres by 4WD to visit the small, remote village using steep, winding mountain roads such as the one pictured below. These treacherous roads are necessary however to transport building materials. After the drive, it was necessarly to walk 1.5kms down an incline with the materials.
Below is an example of a temporary learning centre school building that was provided four months after the quake by Anglican Aid through INF. The children were also given stationary supplies to help them continue their studies despite the turbulance. This will be the second monsoon season under temporary shelter. Remember Christchurch 2010 is still a construction zone - things are not restored quickly.
Below is an image of a man's house that was damaged and now holds livestock.
INF is currently signing contracts so that 108 families (of whom 76 are from this area) can construct new houses. The Nepali government has placed rules for all NGOs to follow including standard house designs which are earthquake resistant, amounts of US $2,000 maximum for each family and clear processes to be followed. The image below shows the District Manager of INF and staff arranging the signing of contracts (in triplicate) with beneficiaries of of new houses. Thumb prints replace signatures for those unable to sign.
Below, a self-help group meeting of disabled people and family members. INF has chosen to focus on families with a household member with a disability the amount is up to US $2,500 and designs include homes suitable for people with disabilities.
A mother with her disabled child. “The Grace Project” is responding to families with a disabled member.
Additionally, INF is constructing facilities for students with disabilities at 5 schools in the Gorkha district. These students attend a school that will benefit from a new disability accomodation unit.
While the quakes were over 12 months ago, a national coordinated plan is in place which will take years to implement. These photos give some clues to what has been done and what is needed. Anglican Aid is proud to be working with INF Nepal as well as INF Australia.
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Related project: Green Pastures Hospital, Nepal