Very useful read: From a volunteer on the ground in Sindhupalchok

 

Hi all,

Wanted to share my experience with helping locals I knew personally in Sindhupalchok with you. I know that there are many efforts like this conducted by organizations like AYON and individually through informal groups and relatives abroad are sending funds to their relatives in affected areas. Apart from the “formal institutional relief” these are the many avenues of relief and it can be disorganized and unaccountable, but they are also fast and its already been 6 days where many places have received no relief at all. People in  Dolakha, demolished government property in district headquarters Charikot recently demanding relief. I am sharing my experience working with locals from Badegaun-4, Sindhupalchok. They were here in Kathmandu to get help and I was able to provide them funding personally and will be reimbursed by funding that my boss is raising in Indonesia. We had done research in this area a year ago so I knew the area pretty well.

Things to remember while sending relief to rural areas of Nepal at the moment:

1) Medical teams should take food as the number one priority. (Our team made up of locals took oil, salt, chiura, dalmoot, rice, noodles) Medicine is important but for people who are hungry for some days it can seem like a big joke. It could also be different based on the local context. In the place I coordinated help there were less injuries and more damage to houses. Deaths were there but apart from that people were not injured much.

2) Diesel can also be useful aid because people have grains that they were able to save and can grind it in their mills, if it is available. In some areas however there are electric mills or the mills itself are demolished.

3) There was a lot of livestock dead in the area I supported and this must be true of all rural districts. So sending black phenol, phitkiri, dettol, chuna is very very important because some of the livestock cannot be retrieved for burial and it can give rise to disease if not sanitized. Phitkiri is useful because it quickens the composting process. Especially with rain things can take a worse turn.

4) I don’t know if Piyush is enough. A medical store owner said that Piyush is not enough, that people need to boil water at all possible times. In rural areas this is not that hard. Fuelwood is available in most places. Boiling water means Piyush may not be as important. But I am not an expert on this. Soap is important but if not ash can be an alternative.

5) The local people I coordinated with thought that tripaal (plastic tents) was low priority relative to food, medicine to sanitize dead livestock, and medicine for injuries. They have taken the tin roofs from their demolished houses and used that as makeshift shelter for now. People are really resourceful and have used a lot of innovative ways to make do. Food is a real priority ( I have heard this even in Lamjung, where ppl havent received any help yet, although just today at around 1 Illampokhari, Lamjung locals received some relief in a tractor, that was a nice to know after so many news of no relief, they of course didnt know where the relief came from but we can track it down.)

6) In Badegaun-4  a lot of youth who were staying and working in KTM before the quake have moved back, are in the process of moving back, and they have made situations lot better. Coordinating with these youths is really the best way to get around.

Hope this experience sharing will be helpful to others coordinating similar relief efforts. For some of you it may be redundant but do spread the word.

Very Useful Resources from Nepali Times

http://nepalitimes.com/page/nepal-earthquake-2015-relief

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  • Tundikhel, Kathmandu Navraj Bhandari: 9843478995
  • Khulamanch, Kathmandu Khumraj Punjali: 9851015011
  • Dasrath Rangashala Stadium, Kathmandu Dipendra Sharma: 9841484335
  • Halchowk, Kathmandu Shanka Prasad Adhikari: 9851124753
  • Sankha Park Ringroad, Kathmandu Vishwa Prakash Pandit: 9851031149
  • Narayan Chaur, Kathmandu, Shridhar Gautam: 9851095200 or Narbhadur Rajwar: 9841339292
  • Sinamangal, Kathmandu, Rajan Khanal: 9851106244
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  • Khumaltar, Kathmandu, Beshraj Sharma: 9851130365
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  • Jawalakhel, Patan Laxman Prasad Mainali: 9851147128
  • St Xavier’s School, Patan Bhola Prasad Shiwakoti: 9851109320
  • Pulchok Engineering College, Patan Dhanbhadur Tamang: 9851105991
  • Kirtipur Mohdutt Timilsina: 9841028792
  • Bhaktapur Darsbar Square Krishna Chand Poudel: 9851147128
  • Tinkune, Sallaghari, Bhaktapur Tankamani Sharma: 9851065900
  • Saraswati Secondary School, Kamalvinayak, Bhaktapur Thok Prasad Shiwakoti: 9841376930

ONLINE RESOURCES


DONATION

  • Donate clothes, blanket or volunteer with a click. www.nepalshare.org
  • Donate food, medicine and reconstruction materials for heavily damaged villages. Yagraraj Maharjan for Bungamati and Khokana, 9841490611 Dhwoj Bahadur Gurung for Barpak in Gorkha, 9849230700

FOOD AND WATER

  • Distribution of free noodles. Chaudhary Group Noodle Factory, Bhaisepati, Bhusan Gurung, 9851077802
  • Drinking water, delivered by tanker anywhere within the Kathmandu Valley. Nepal Police Headquarters, Naxal, (01)4412780
  • Distribution of bottled water, Dasrath Stadium
  • Food and water, distributed by local ministries.
    • Ministry of Agriculture, (01)4211905, (01)4211950, (01)4211697
    • Ministry of Commerce and Supply, (01)4211631
    • Ministry of Urban Development, (01)4211673

MATERIALS NEEDED

  • Plastic sheets, ropes and bamboos for construction of toilets at Tundikhel. Ishan: 9851016445
  • Tent, blankets and medicine needed in Gorkha. Subhash Ghimire: 9851194247

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

  • IMPACT Nepal is looking for volunteers to distribute tents, food, water purification tabs, medical supplies to the 4500 residents of Duwakot, Dhading. 9841519660
  • Volunteers are invited to register into a database before being assigned tasks. Volunteers should wear comfortable shoes, rain wear, carry water and bring their own transport if possible. Everyday 10.30am, The Yellow House, Sanepa, 9741311750 www.youcaring.com
  • Volunteers required for cleanups. Clean Up Nepal, 9841381046, info@cleanupnepal.org.np
  • Bir Hospital Trauma Centre needs volunteers as well as water supply. 9851090730
  • Teaching Hospital needs volunteers with or without medical skills. Aman Pandey: 9848557560

HEALTH AND SANITATION

  • Ujyalo Foundation is distributing water purifiers, oral rehydration packages, women sanitary items, baby wipes, anti diarrheal medications, and first aid kits. Sony KC: 9851160203, Avinash Jha: 9851237070, Watsal Rajbhandari: 9803002203, Amuda Mishra: 9813791459
  • Doctors from B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS) are providing care in Gorkha.Santosh Chaudhary: 9852056887, Girish Dahal: 9813560280, Madhur Basnet: 9852056415, Surya Rimal: 9857045671
  • 24 hours medicine supply in Kathmandu. Prasit Kadel: 9851133822, Shailesh Sharma: 9851017553
  • Health care by local ministries.
    • Ministry of Health and Population: (01)4262543, (01)4262802, (01)4262696, (01)4267376
    • Ministry of Home Affairs: (01)4211208, (01)4211214
    • Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development: (01)4200000, (01)4200309
  • Road Clearing by local ministries,
    • Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport: (01)4211782, (01)4211931, (01)4211732, (01)4211655
    • Ministry of Home Affairs: (01)4211208, (01)4211214
  • Disposal of animal carcasses, Kathmandu Metropolitan City Clean Nepal, Padam Thapa, (01)4279713, 9818302920
  • Waste disposal, Sisdol dumping site is in operation since 30 April, for sanitation related issues within Kathmandu (01)4227240, (01)4231719

RESCUE AND RECOVERY

  • Nepal Engineering Council and other practicing professionals will assess affected buildings free-of-cost. (01)5010252
  • Nepal Armed Police Force: 1114
    • Ministry of Home Affairs: (01)4211208, (01)4211214
    • Ministry of Defence: (01)4211289
    • Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport: (01)4211782, (01)4211931, (01)4211732, (01)4211655
    • Department of Tourism: (01)4247037, (01)4256228, (01)4256231, (01)4256232
  • Tent and shelter management by local ministries.
    • Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development, (01)4200000, (01)4200309
    • Ministry of Urban Development, (01)4211673
    • Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport, (01)4211782, (01)4211931, (01)4211732, (01)4211655
    • Ministry of Defence, (01)4211289

Teaching Hospital Disaster Relief Fund

T.U. Teaching Hospital is a non profitable hospital situated in Kathmandu. It is the central referral hospital and deals with all type of diseases.
At present it is dealing with the patients affected by the recently hit earthquake. At this time we welcome all helps to us either with medical instruments used for operation, medicine or cash. We have opened an account with Himalayan Bank to help all needed at this situation.

Account Name: TUTH Disaster Relief Fund
Account Number: “00205631170014”
Bank: Himalayan Bank, Maharajgunj Branch
SWIFT CODE: “HIMANPKA”

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