Field Report from Tanahu District

Relief Materials Supplied to Khila Community, Sabhung, Tanahu on 5/5/15

  1. Background

We are now on 11th day onward to the Disastrous Earthquake – 2072.  On the next day of earthquake we heard the news that some households from Khila community were destructed. This is because on 25th of April the communication channels went down or became so busy and hence was very difficult to get connection.

2.   Action:

On the 26th April, I and Krishna Dhakal (EO, NN) went to the Khila straightaway. We were assisted by Mr. Surya Kumar Shrestha during our observation. At that time we found that 12 houses were completely destroyed where 13 families were living.

Later on Ms Hemkala Thapa and Mr. Yam Bahadur Thapa from Sabhung Co-op lead the team of few volunteers to assess the need of Khila people and also encouraged them to form a victim committee. Mr. Yam then informed me about the situation. Later on government officials also went there and they also took the information. Bhimad Youth Club, Magar Association (Mr. Yam made coordination) and a Belgium Internship Students (I was able to coordinate with them with the help of Mr. Yam and a guy from neighboring VDC) also provided some materials to them prior to us.

Women's Cooperative members distribute relief supplies

Women’s Cooperative members distribute relief supplies

3.  Method:

I have made regular contact with victims, Education Officer, Program Manager, Co-op members and government personnel. We were requested to provide the materials to make their shelter easier as monsoon is coming within two months. It was agreed that GI sheet would be more useful in longer term as it could be used in reconstruction of houses as well. Second priority was given to bedding and clothing. Food items and hygiene related items were also in the list.

I have then talked with Dipendra Jee about this and prepared a budget accordingly.

4.  General Findings:

The general findings of Khila community are described below:

S.N Head of HH HH Size
Away From Home Including Foreign Employment
Dependent Children Situation of House
Situtatoin of Cattle and Other Assests
Primary Needs Remarks
Going to School Not Going to School
1 Chhabilal Ale 18 10 3 1 Lost OK Shelter and clothings
2 Gam Bdr Thapa 13 3 6 1 Lost OK Shelter and clothings
3 Indra Bdr Thapa 5 1 3 Lost OK Shelter and clothings
4 Keshar Thapa 4 1 1 1 Lost OK Shelter and clothings
5 Buddhisara Ale 5 1 3 Lost OK Shelter and clothings
6 Bal Bdr Ale 6 1 1 Lost OK Shelter and clothings
7 Sher Bdr Ale 10 3 1 2 Lost OK Shelter and clothings
8 Hira Singh Ale 10 2 6 Lost OK Shelter and clothings
9 Dil Bdr Ale ‘A’ 5 2 Lost OK Shelter and clothings
10 Dil Bdr Ale ‘B’ 6 2 2 Lost OK Shelter and clothings
11 Som Bdr Ale 8 1 4 Lost OK Shelter and clothings
12 Dil Maya Ale 6 1 3 Lost OK Shelter and clothings
13 Yam Bdr Ale 5 3 Lost OK Shelter and clothings Sharing a Single House
14 Padam Bdr Ale 4 2 Not Good OK Shelter and clothings Yet to verify Technically
15 Bhupal Ale 9 2 1 Not Good OK Shelter and clothings Yet to verify Technically
16 Shyam Lal Ale 3 1 Not Good OK Shelter and clothings Yet to verify Technically

5.  Supply of Materials:

On the mean time I get request from VDC personnel to include two more families from the same VDC. To address these two households we decided to manage the materials within the total agreed budget. We consider the situation of Sindhupalchwok as well while preparing the budget as more damage is reported there.

Following are the materials supplied to the victims:

S.N. Material Quantity Remarks
1 GI Sheet 7 Bundle*12 Pieces 37 mm, Aarti Strips Company
2 Rice 7 Bags*25 Kgs Low cost rice shortage in stores
3 Lentil 3 Bags*25 Kgs
4 Cooking Oil 1.5 Pack*10 Litres
5 Washing Soap 1 Pack*42 Pieces
6 Mosquito Net 15 Pieces
7 Water Jug 15 Pieces Donated by Mr. Govinda Prasad Parajuli, Pokhara
8 Towel 15 Pieces
9 Mattress 15 Pieces Local Kind
10 Bed Sheet 15 Pieces
11 Bathing Soap 15 Pieces
12 Noodles 1 Packet*30 pieces Donated by Mr. Yadunath Baral, Pokhara
13 Biscuit 4 dozens For refreshment
14 Rio Fruit Juice 1 Packet*30 Pieces 2 more bough in Manpur
15 Tea leaf 2 Packet*100gm For Refreshment
16 Sugar Crystal 2 Kgs For Refreshment
17 Plastic cups 1 Packet*50 pieces For Refreshment

6.  Distribution:

First of all the materials brought there was verified. 13 families do not have house for shelter and were considered as primary victim. Meanwhile 3 other families are also living outside due to fear. We became wordless when these 13 primary victims want to share the materials within 16 families. Then head of the household or representative from all 16 household decided to distribute proportionately according to need and priority in presence VDC secretary, NN Staff, Sabhung Co-op committee member and general member and others as well.

Thanks to volunteer from Sabhung Co-op, we were able to complete this complicated looking task in a systematic matter.

Finally, we distributed the materials as below:

S.N. Material Received by EachHH Remarks
1 GI Sheet 10*5+6*4 74 Pieces
2 Rice 1.5 Pathi  Local measuring units
3 Lentil 1 Pathi Local measuring units
4 Cooking Oil 10*2+6*1 Pouch Total 26*5oo ml
5 Washing Soap 10*3+6*2 Pieces
6 Mosquito Net 1 Piece 13 Families only
7 Water Jug 1 Piece 13 Families only
8 Towel 1 Piece 13 Families only
9 Mattress 1 Piece 13 Families only
10 Bed sheet 1 Piece 13 Families only
11 Bathing Soap 1 Piece 13 Families only

 

While other two families, from other than Khila community, were handed over the following:

S.N. Material Received by EachHH Remarks
1 GI Sheet 2*5
2 Rice 3 Pathi  Local measuring units
3 Lentil 1.5 Pathi Local measuring units
4 Cooking Oil 2*2 Pouch 1 Pouch = 500ml
5 Washing Soap 2*3 Pieces
6 Mosquito Net 1 Piece
7 Water Jug 1 Piece
8 Towel 1 Piece
9 Mattress 1 Piece
10 Bed sheet 1 Piece
11 Bathing Soap 1 Piece

7.   Wrap Up:

Finally, we have fruit juice, tea and biscuit together. We shared words to eachother. Mr. Yam and Ms. Chanmati requested them to join the Co-op in-sighting its bright part. Assistant Forestry Officer informed that they could request District Forest Office to get wood to rebuild their house.

Finally, Chanmati Shrestha (President of Sabhung Co-op) wrapped up the program at around 5 PM and prepared to move.