Earthquake Relief Initiative
Immediately following the
earthquake of April 25, 2015, New ERA allocated Rs. 2,500,000 (Rs. 2.5
million) from its fund to support earth quake relief measures on
humanitarian grounds from its fund to support earth quake relief measures
on humanitarian grounds. A six member “Emergency Relief Management
Committee” was formed to assess immediate needs, plan and initiate
appropriate relief measures.
April 29, 2015 - As an immediate response,
New ERA reviewed several websites including www.kathmanduliving/aps.org/earthquake/reports
to get an initial understanding of immediate needs and it pointed towards
an urgent needs of medicines in Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj to treat
the huge influx of people injured by the earthquake. New ERA personnel
met the Director of Teaching hospital and collected the list of medicines
and equipments needed urgently. The medicines available in the market were
purchased (worth Rs. 65,000) and handed over to the hospital on April 29,
2015 by New ERA to treat the injured and sick.
May 2, 2015 - A relief team
consisting of 5 doctors (Dr. Ujjwal Bhattarai, Dr. Anmol Chaudhary, Dr.
Tenzing Lobsel Nepali, Dr. Rahasya Dhital, Dr. Dinuj Shrestha and 6 nurses
(Ms. Anu Uprety, Anu Adhikari, Kajal Pandey, Nilisha Neupaney and Sudhira
Mandal) were sent to Sindhupalchowk- one of the most severely affected
districts of Nepal. Under the Ministry of Health and Population, Nepal,
New ERA's relief team collaborated with Ms. Laxmi Tamang and the local
people of Gumba VDC. The team carried medicines and food items worth
around Rs 150,000 for the earthquake hit families intended for Jalbirey
and Gumba VDCs. However, before the team could reach its destination, they
were stopped in Jalbirey by the local people desperately seeking food and
shelter. After assessing the situation, some of the relief materials
especially the food items were handed to the local people on the spot and
the remaining materials especially the medicines were given to the
Jalbirey Primary Health Care Center.
May 4, 2015 - Two teams of
New ERA visited different sites in Kathmandu valley to assess the damage
caused by the earthquake and to identify the primary needs of the
community. The team visited different locations at Jhor, Sangla,
Manamaiuju, Dharmasthali, Goldhunga, Jitpur Phedi, Khokana, Bungamati,
Lele, Chhampi, Chapagaun and Harisiddhi. It was observed that these sites
visited by the team had received some or the other relief and with health
care activities being initiated already. Dharmasthali was however assessed
to be in a pretty bad shape with immediate need for basic medicines,
hygiene and sanitation related goods.
May 5, 2015 - New ERA sent a
team of seven members (Dr. Surakshya Thapa and other six nursing staff:
Shraddha Balla, Saja Shrestha, Tiya Rai, Bina Sherpa, Preety Thapa Magar
and Nilam Dahal with basic medical supplies like Betadine, mask (200 pcs),
some antibiotics, hand washing soap ( 200 Pcs) and water purifiers ( worth
Rs 5500) to Dharmasthali. The medical items were handed over to the
health facility and other items were distributed to the victims of
earthquake residing near Dharmasthali health facility and in the school
May 6, 2015 - New ERA team re-visited Dharmasthali with additional medicines and other items that was requested
by the locals the previous day. These items included some antibiotics,
water purifiers, and baby food (20 packets). Some of the medicines were
left at the health facility while the rest were distributed among the
victims of earth quake.
Several staff of New ERA who are medical
nurses has been providing volunteer services in partnership with different
organizations at various affected parts of the country. The Medical Team
including Dr. Sukhraj Singh Dhillon, Janardan Pathak, Jayas Nepal, Menuka
Shrestha, Pushpa Ghimire, Radhika Bogati, and Soniya Acharya (Nepal Health
Facility Survey staff,New ERA) joined hands with One Heart World wide (OHW)
and volunteered for the relief program focused in Dhading district under
the supervision of Dr. Krishna (District Health officer Dhading) and
coordinated by Mr. Sanjib Shahi, Mr.Surya Bhatta from OHW.
May 7, 2015 - Responding to
the appeal for help from one of the orphanages located in Tokha, New ERA
team visited the site. The team found the building partially damaged by
the earthquake. Currently, the orphanage is home to 40 children (27 male
and 13 female) aged between 12-15 years. The orphanage has been receiving
partial support for food from the Valley Center and Sanepa Bal Griha. The
assessment team found that the orphanage needs immediate support to build
a temporary but safe shelter for the children. As per the decision reached
by the relief management committee, New ERA has extended support of Rs.
50,000 to the orphanage for repairing their shelter.
May 8, 2015 - The relief committee was
notified about damage caused to one of its staff members’ house by the
earthquake. The committee members visited the house of Ms. Bahinicha
(Cleaner of New ERA) and assessed her present living condition. Some
photographs have also been taken to present them to the committee before a
decision is reached regarding what kind of support should be extended to
May 10, 2015 - New ERA conducted a health
camp at Orchid Garden Nepal (OGN) elementary school. The school is located
in Kalopul and was established in the year 2006. OGN provides day care
center, early elementary school and day hostel to children aged between
four months to 12 years. Most of the children enrolled in OGN are raised
by single mothers who work as domestic worker, laborer, and vegetable
vendor. Currently, there are 210 students enrolled in the school.
The health camp was organized for the
children and their parents who have lost their homes to the earthquake and
have been living in open camps. New ERA team consisting of four doctors,
(Dr. Prerarna Khadka, Dr Ujjwal Bhattarai, Dr. Subekchha and Dr. Pramod)
examined them and gave them free medicines. A total of 95 children and
their parents were examined and skin rashes and ear infection were found
to be the most common problems seen among the children.
Bahadur KC, Distributing Relief Goods
May 18, 2015
ERA coordinated with WATCH relief initiatives at Pangretar VDC in
Sindhupalchowk district in the relief effort. WATCH provided tarpouline to
the earthquake hit households in that area while New ERA provided food
materials worth Rs. 70, 300 to 100 households as an immediate relief. The
food aid consisted of 10 kg of rice, 1 kg lentil, salt and oil per
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building of Bal Bikas school of Ichangu was damaged by the earthquake, so
the school has relocated to Raniban area. While the school has been able
to erect temporary shelters with overhead structures, the floors were bare
so fulfilling its request, New ERA furnished two class rooms with carpets
so that students could sit and study.
May 29, 2015
Emergency Relief Management Committee selected Thulopakhar community of
Sindhupalchok district for direct support program as it felt imperative to
provide an effective assistance to at least one of the hardest hit
communities outside the valley. So, a rapid assessment team visited the
assessment site on May 12, 2015 and the team reported that 97 percent of
the houses of the area have been completely damaged by the earthquakes.
Significantly, the damaged houses were seen more in the settlements of
Janajati and Dalit ethnic groups than that of others. The community
infrastructures have also been badly hit and very little aid had reached
the areas forcing people to seek out buried food grains from the rubbles
and take loans despite being charged with inflated interest rates. As food
scarcity was identified as the major and pressing concern of the area
which New ERA could address, it was decided that food supply sufficient
for at least two weeks would be distributed to 300 households in wards 1,
4, and 7. So, on the 29th of May, 2015, in the presence of the
local VDC secretary, local government officials and members of major
political parties, New ERA’s relief team distributed food package worth Rs.
3, 51,100 to 72 household in ward no. 1, 112 in ward no. 2, and 116
household in ward no. 7. The aid package consisted of 15 kg of rice, 2 kg
of daal, 4 kg of beaten rice, 1 liter of edible oil, 1 kg of salt and 2
pieces of soap.
Goods Unloading from Vehicle
New ERA remains in touch with its network
of volunteers who are working in the affected areas, and will continue to
assess for additional ways it can help based on incoming information.