Nepal Earthquake Project
AWON is implementing Nepal Earthquake project in Phoksingtar, Ghartichhap, Banakhuchaur and Budhakhani VDCs of Kavre. The project is supported by Volkshilfe Solidaritat (VHSoI).
The project aims to support recovery to normalize the life conditions of most marginalized and vulnerable people among the earthquake affected population in the project VDCs.
Food, shelter, medicine, capacity building and psychosocial support are some important aspects of the project.
Miteri Valuing Older People in Emergencies
Action Works Nepal is implementing a project named Miteri Valuing Older People in Emergencies (VOPE) with financial support from HelpAge International Nepal. The project is aimed at supporting the survivors of devastating earthquake of 25 April 2015 by focusing on older persons.
The Miteri VOPE project is being implemented from July to December 2015 in 8 VDCs (Phoksingtar, Ghartichhap, Banakhuchaur, Budhakhani, Anaikot, Nayagaun, Jasithok and Gairibisaunadeupur) of Kavre.
The project provides basic health services and psycho-social support to the vulnerable, with a focus on older people; and empower the most vulnerable and marginalized older people to maintain their good health and claim their rights.
Earthquake Relief Work 2015 (April & May)
On 25-APR-15 a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal with the epicenter at Lamjung. Dozens of aftershocks followed, including a 6.7 magnitude earthquake on 26-APR-15. It was the most powerful disaster to strike Nepal since 1934. Though the earthquake was felt all over Nepal but it has affected badly in thirteen district of Nepal. According to the Nepal Police official website, till now(27th May 2015) 8,676 people have lost their lives and more than 21,966 are injured, millions have became homeless and lost their beloved ones and now struggling to have basic needs such as food, shelter and drinking water.
Experience of AWON in relief work
Action Works Nepal (AWON), one of the major program themes is humanitarian Support. AWON had always proved to be with the survivors for their help. AWON team decided to help earthquake survivors though the team members were struggling mentally and physically in temporary shelter. The commitment to vulnerable communities and working in team spirit motivated to start the relief work in action from 27th May 2015 (3rd day of the first earthquake).
AWON mobilized more than 100 technical and non technical International and National volunteers for the emergency relief work in the field to serve earthquake survivors. The volunteers and AWON team are gearing with collective effort to provide relief to as many affected people as possible and, in an efficient manner. AWON has inclusive package of relief materials focusing the various need of infants, lactating mothers, pregnant mothers, elderly people, people with disability, family in death rituals.
AWON had directly reach out to more than 1100 affected family covering 9500 population in Sindhupalchowk, Kavrepalanchowk, Dhading, Dolakha, Ramechhap, Kathmandu and Lalitpur district. The disaggregated data of direct beneficiaries is attached with the excel sheet.
Food items: Rice, Bitten rice, Noodles, Mixtures, Salt, Super floor, Lactogen, water purifier
Shelter Kits: Tarpaulins, ropes, mattress, blankets
Kitchen Items: Rice pots, frying pan, water bucket, dinner plates
Clothing: Special attention for clothes to pregnant mother, lactating mothers, infants, elderly people, family in death rituals and teenage girls (with inner garments, baby blankets, sanitary pad, warm clothes)
Sanitation Kits: Soap (washing and bathing), tooth paste and brush, water filter, phenyl, chlorine tablets
First Aid Kits: 15 types of essential medicines (listed by MOPH) with sanitary pads and soap, water purifier (provided with instruction guide and orientation)
General Health Camp (One day): A team of experienced Senior Nurses (National and International) were deployed with basic medicines, treatment of injuries, counseling support
Residential Health Camp (5 days): A team with General Physician Doctors, physiotherapist, staff nurses non technical volunteers all together (13 members) were deployed.
27th April 2015
AWON team distributed noodles, drinking water and biscuits for 50 people in landless communities residing in the bank of Bagamati river of Thapathali.
29th April 2015
AWON team organize meeting for emergency response to mostly affected area. The meeting decided to make an Emergency Response Committee (ERC) with a leadership of Founder, President Radha Paudel. (Though Ms. Paudel was in Jumla she was connecting with us via phone and commit to join team as early as possible). Team decided to deploy staff, volunteers (regarding technical and non technical staff) for relief work in mostly affected part outside valley. AWON team visited TU Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj and coordinate with Nursing Director, Kopila Palek Shrestha to support the team in this crisis time.
30th April 2015
AWON team started purchasing, collecting relief materials and call for various technical and non technical volunteers through its network, social sites and websites. As per the request from TU Teaching Hospital 5 BSC Nurses were provided to support for three weeks, 10 BP instruments.
1st May 2015
AWON coordinating with Ministry of Public Health, District Public Health Office, and District Disaster Risk Reduction Committee (DDRC) supported relief items; food and non food items, first aid kits. AWON relief team was lead by Ms. Radha Paudel and Mr. Bharat Wasti. AWON deployed more than 60 volunteers and staff for relief work. AWON supported 87 HHs of Shipapokhari village development committee, Bhandarithok village where 95% houses were collapsed; people were living under open sky.
2nd May 2015
AWON gained field experience in relief work from field visit and found lots of needy village, people who didn't get any relief from any organization or government. AWON team decided to support two more mostly affected village with the Indigenous communities. AWON provided support to SipaPokhari Village Development Committee, Gairee Gaun Mija tole ward no 4 with total household of 67 of which 53 HHs were from Tamang, 13 HHs were Dalits and 1 HH was Chhetri. The total population of the village was near to 600. AWON distributed 67 sets of relief items with food items, non food items first aid kits.
3rd May 2015
AWON deployed two emergency relief team to Kavre district. One team visited Dewapur Gairi Bisaune ward no. 6, 3 with the total household 43 covering 300 populations. AWON distributed relief materials with total package for 43 houses. Another team visited Anaikot 6 (recently panchkhal 12) and supported to 54 needy HHs with total population of 315 with relief materials.
4th May 2015:
AWON one emergency relief team with one day health camp reached Jivanpur VDC ward no# 3 in Dhanding district with complete relief package. Supported directly to 70 families with total population of 400. The village was mix communities from Brahmins and Dalits. Through one day Health Camp 40 people were provided general treatment.
5th May 2015:
One emergency relief team with one day health camp reached to Thungpakhar VDC, ward no# 7 Basnet Gaun with complete relief package. Supported directly to 45 families with total population of 250. The village was mix communities with Dalits and Chhetri (high caste). 62 people of the village were provided treatment through general health camp.
7th May 2015:
Two emergency relief team with one day health camp reached to Virkot of Dolakha and Deurali of Ramechhap district. AWON one team supported to most needy 133 Dalit and Indigenous families in virkot and another team supported to most needy 100 families of Deurali. The community was from Dalits and Indigenous. 73 People in Virkot and 62 people in Deurali were provided treatment through health camp.
11th May 2015:
One emergency relief team with one day general health camp reached to Nayagaun of Kavrepalanchowk district. The team supported to most needy 65 families with complete package of relief items. 70 people were provided treatment through health camp.
15th May 2015:
One emergency relief team with one day general health camp reached to Namdu village of Dolakha. Three medical doctors from TATA Institute of Health Science provided treatment to 100 people through health camp.
Resenditial Health Camp (9th May to 14th May 2015):
AWON in coordination with Ministry of Public Health and DDRC of Kavrepalanchowk deployed a medical team in very remote area, Banakhuchor VDC. There were two International female doctors from USA with experience of working in emergency in various countries. The medical team was accompanied by two Nepalese nurses from UK and one senior nurse from Nepal. All together there were 13 members in team, the team reached crossing various difficulties on the way with 6 hours drive and 6 hours walk from Kathmandu.
350 people were provided treatment in the health camp. The team provided health check up, medicines, counseling support to the visitors. The observation of the physician reflects that majority of people specially women, elderly people and children were suffering from the psychosocial problems and were traumatize due to the fear of earthquake. Almost all women were suffering from anemia and anxiety. The major health problems was psychosocial problem, anemia, eye infection, joint pain, uterus prolapsed.
Resenditial Health Camp (22nd May to 25th May 2015):
Realizing the needs of heath care in remote area of Kavrepalanchowk district. AWON health team moved to Ghartichhap VDC for Resenditial health camp. There were two Nepalese doctors three medical nurses in the team altogether 13 members were in the team. The team chases all the challenges on the way over there. Finally 360 people were benefited from the general health check up, medicines, counseling services.
AWON provides medical, psychological, legal, and shelter support to the women and girls who are survivors of gender based violence, conflict and other forms of disasters. AWON employs a lawyer at the national level for prompt response.
Under this heading, AWON also collects clothes, notebooks, pencils, medicine, and toys to distribute in areas of focus such as Kalikot, Jumla, Humla, and Achham. AWON has developed a code of conduct for such activities where beneficiaries take leadership in distribution and management.
Miteri Recycle Center
Action Works Nepal formally launched a Miteri Recycle Center in City Hall Kathmandu, during International Youth Day, 12 August, 2013. It is a 3 year long exercise of assessing demand and supply of clothes, and its greater impact on livelihood, environment, and climate change. It is also a shared dream of the youth for a peaceful and prosperous country, by addressing invisible conflicts where ex-primeministers, ministers, political elders, Civil Service Organization (CSO) leaders, media activists, and students gather, observe, and buy the clothes. The Miteri Recycle Center is based on the principles of Social Business (Peace Laurates Prof. M. Yunus) and strives to adopt some of the same qualities as Frip Ethique and Oxfam UK.
The Miteri Recycle Center is important, relevant, and significant for many reasons in Nepali culture. Every year, mortalities and morbidities are reported due to extreme cold in Terai. The government provides firewood/timber to burn for warmth. Likewise, Karnali, the high hills and mountains, have frigid temperatures, often going below -20 degrees Celcius, and more during the winter. Both Terai and the hills have poor infrastructure, and its people have low purchasing power to protect themselves from the cold. Further, the environment is negatively impacted due to high consumption of firewood, bi-product of air pollution, deforestation, and climate change. In this sceanrio, the poor, Dalit, marginalized women, and otherwise unjustly treated communities are more at risk, and are vulnerable.
In 2010, AWON initiated a pilot `Social Business’ collecting used clothes from Kathmandu to be recycled and resold locally in Karnali by women’s groups. The clothes are washed, repaired, ironed, labelled, and packaged well to look like retail items rather than donations, and are sold at a price that is affordable to the poorest consumers. This preserves the dignity of the people buying the clothes, and provides a sustainable income for the women’s groups. The project has been informally piloted by Action Works Nepal (AWON) in 4 of the most remote districts within the Karnali region – Acham, Humla, Kalikot and Jumla, targeting the marginalized communities. Clothing is collected in Kathmandu and transported to these areas, and sold by AWON volunteers.
This model has several key impact points:
- Number of women employed in sustainable livelihoods
- Increase in women’s annual income
- Clothing recycled rather than thrown as waste
- Conserves the environment and positively impacts climate change
Additionally, women are empowered and their confidence will increase due to involvement in economic activity. The income and security will have additional benefits to their families health, welfare, and education. Any and all interested individuals, corporations, and organizations can be involved in the Miteri Recycle Center by donating, buying, or volunteering. For more details, please visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miteri-Recycle-Center-Nepal/508155022598780