ChoraChori is still supporting villagers affected by August’s Nepal floods.

Delivering materials to communities affected by the Nepal floods

It’s three months since the terrible Nepal floods and associated landslides that caused such devastation in south and southeast Nepal. But ChoraChori is still there helping villagers to rebuild their lives.

Our emergency appeal

In August we launched an emergency appeal in response to the worst floods in south Asia in decades. The public response combined with grants has to date raised a total of £14,685. This allowed us to deliver immediate food relief to affected communities, while keeping some funds in reserve for rebuilding. Specifically, we were able to help 97 families who had lost everything, providing them with rice, lentils (dal), oil and salt. We also provided some additional items like cooking utensils, blankets, quilts and hygiene items. These families were living in rural areas that we know well, remote and impoverished places where child trafficking is a constant challenge. Thanks to our efforts these villagers were less vulnerable than they would have been otherwise.

Time to rebuild

ChoraChori has been monitoring the situation in the villages over the recent holiday periods. And yesterday field staff members Yogesh Dhami anNepal floodsd Pratap Titung returned to Makwanpur District for a follow up visit. But they didn’t go there empty-handed. Thanks to our fundraising we have been able to support 18 of the most needy families by helping them purchase wood and corrugated iron sheets to rebuild their homes. Villagers like the woman pictured left have thumb-printed letters of commitment to use the funds as we’ve agreed. This process was witnessed by the Chairman of the local Ward as a further safeguard.

The villagers now have one month to complete the wooden frameworks to the agreed high specifications. After that we will return to distribute the corrugated iron as roofing material. The new homes will be built better than before meaning that these families will be less at the mercy of future floods. And this is just the first phase in our rebuilding programme!

 

ChoraChori responds to landslide devastation in Nepal

Landslide and flood in Nepal

Boulders sweep away homes

Boulders sweep away homes

The unseasonal torrential rain in Nepal has brought flood chaos to Nepal’s southern plains. But in the hills to the north the rain has had a different impact with landslides being just as deadly. Houses have collapsed under a surge of boulders and mud and villagers have lost everything. In response, ChoraChori is concentrating its initial efforts on a village area in Makwanpur District, south Nepal.

Chipleti and Pratappur

The ChoraChori Operational Director Shailaja CM has gone with field worker Pratap Titung to visit Chipleti and Pratappur. These lie around 40km from the District town of Hetauda. They got there by a half hour motor bike ride followed by a two hour hike uphill.

Pratap Titung conducting a family assessment

Pratap Titung conducting a family assessment

Chipleti, which consisted of 127 households, is perched on a hillside that has been destroyed by a landslide. The ground is full of crevasses and very unstable. The only road access – a gravel track – has gone. So far only the police had been able to get to the village (briefly). Shailaja and Pratap found the villagers in a desperate state, getting by on a diet of maize. Just about all of the houses have been damaged. Everyone has accepted that there is an immediate need to relocate to lower ground and rebuild their village there.

Pratappur consists of 20 households. Homes have been swept away by both landslide and flood so people are now living in temporary shelters they’ve constructed and cooking in the open. The Red Cross has visited and given each family 10kg of rice, some lentils, beaten rice and tarpaulins. But this is not nearly enough. The villagers have been surviving on one meal a day to make the rations last. Meantime children are falling sick.

Emergency Relief

Shailaja (right) supervises the delivery of emergency supplies

Shailaja (right) supervises the delivery of emergency supplies

Thanks to our Appeal we have been able to send £5,000 straight away for the purchase of food and essential supplies. However this is just half of what we need to provide one month’s worth of food security to the villagers while they rebuild their lives. We need to deliver 50kg of rice, 25kg of lentils, 10kg of beaten rice and 5kg of salt to each household. The cost of that is £10,345. Please help us overcome the impact of the landslide by donating below:

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Floods in Nepal

20930479_10214276156604740_568220741_oFloods wreak havoc in south Asia

A humanitarian crisis is unfolding across parts of south Asia with 16 million people in India, Nepal and Bangladesh affected by monsoon floods.

Nepal devastated

Floods have swamped one third of Nepal following the worst monsoon rainfall in fifteen years. See the grim statistics in the image on the left. Now an estimated 5 million people have to manage as best they can after losing loved ones and homes to floods and landslides, their crops destroyed. You can’t fail to be moved by the harrowing pictures in this report of how a father unable to bury his child just released the child’s body into the flooded river.

A “one-door” policy

There was an added risk of this natural disaster being compounded by a manmade element when the Government of Nepal announced a “one-door” policy. This meant that all relief work would have to be channelled through a central body. This is fine in principle (to avoid inefficiency and duplication of effort) but the Government attempted this approach previously after the 2015 earthquakes and it failed badly. Such a strategy only delays essential emergency relief getting to the point of need due to red tape. Moreover it only serves to antagonise (or criminalise) those genuine individuals and NGOs that do respond with a sense of urgency. The legacy of a “one-door” policy is a long and painful one. Two years down the line an Asia Foundation survey has found that earthquake recovery work has been painfully slow.

Happily the Nepal Supreme Court has now instructed the Government not to implement this policy and relief supplies can now flow.

ChoraChori’s response

How can a small children’s charity like ChoraChori respond in a meaningful way to a disaster of this scale? First of all we can’t not respond given the scale of the crisis. And we have always prided ourselves in being a “can-do” charity. Whilst we can’t reach out to five million people we can certainly focus our efforts on village areas that we know well. These are communities in the south to whom we have returned children rescued from India. The ChoraChori-Nepal Operational Director, Shailaja CM, is currently making a needs assessment and this morning we transferred our first grant across to Nepal to begin to address the hardship she has identified.

The floods are now receding somewhat but the landscape has been lain waste and families left vulnerable with lack of shelter, food and water. There have already been reports of outbreaks of disease. We suspect that the worst is yet to come. Please help ChoraChori to deliver resources to the flood victims and desperate children before it’s too late using the button below.

A further report to follow.

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