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  Disaster Relief Initiative

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 nearby.

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 her.

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.

Mr. Min Bahadur KC, Distributing Relief Goods

May 18, 2015 New 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 household.

Relief Goods is Ready for Distributio

May 26, 2015- The 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 - New ERA’s 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.

 

 Relief 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.

 

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