Table of Contents
- 2017 Oct • Reflections after the Gorkha Earthquake
- 2017 August • Flooding in Nepal
- Jamuna Shrestha and Poonam Pokwal Visit Ohio
- A Story of Yad Gurung
- Experiences with the Bhutanese in Pittsburgh, PA USA
- Mini-Workshop with the Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh
- Planting Seeds of Peace
- Crisis in Darjeeling
- A Taste of Empowerment
- AVP Taste of Empowerment Mini-Workshop
- 2017 May-July • Jamuna Shrestha Visits with Resettled Bhutanese in the US
- Jamuna Shrestha to visit the US
- 2016 September • AVP trauma healing workshop
- 2015 November • Workshops help with recovery
- 2015 Oct • Beginning workshops for recovery
- 2015 Sept • Nepal is Beginning to Heal
- Seeking Discernment
- 2015 June • Vidya Sutton returns to Kathmandu after the earthquakes
- Trusting in the discernment of the local Nepalese
- Nepal Earthquake Relief Log
- Visiting communities to listen to stories of loss and repair destroyed hopes for survival
- Nepal Relief Update
- First batch of relief support is distributed in Nepal
- Update from today’s visit to a village
- April 2015 • Earthquakes hit Nepal
- 2015 March • Discernment workshop in Nepal
- Planned Nepal Friends Peace team • March – April 2015
- Bhutanese refugees struggle after relocating in the US
- 2014 Apr – May • Nepal
- 2013 December • Nepal Peace Team
- Training Facilitators for AVP Workshops in Refugee Camps in Eastern Nepal
- Struggles in the Lhotshampa Refugee Camps
- Lhotshampa Refugee History
- Supporting AVP Facilitators in Nepal
2017 August • Flooding in Nepal
On August 16, Subhash wrote: Since last few days, the Tarai (Southern plain from East to West part of Nepal) is sunk in flooding. The rain has stopped now but the flooding and resulting consequences in the areas are still very bad. The overall situation is devastating, especially for poor people. Almost all of them have lost their place, left with no food, no clothes and almost anything after the flood swept through their land. For more detail stories, you may want to go through these link of newspaper coverage about the flooding.
The government seems to be trying better than before to address the situation. But, after all, as there is no a minimum level of preparedness in the country to deal with such natural disaster- the situation of victims remains painful.
In this context, I got calls from the CSRC (http://www.csrcnepal.org/) asking if the FPT AWP can provide any support. Yesterday evening, I again got call from the CSRC Executive Director for the same. I replied- I will consult with friends (you two).
CSRC is the organization with whom we worked together after the earthquake. They work for land and agrarian reform in Nepal since last more than two and half decades. The have networks at the grassroots level where people are living with land and other natural resource related injustices from generations.
CSRC plans to mobilize their existing networks in the affected areas and establish a common kitchen for the masses to feed them for some days. And, they also plan to help them to establish a sort of shelter. Their target group and communities are the poorest ones who not only deprived of resources but also power and connection to get relief easily from other sources including the government.
CSRC has already started to act in the field and they have established a fund from their core fund (non-project). I am told they have put about 4000 US$ in this initial fund.
My opinion, it is an emergency and devastating situation for all, even more for those with whom CSRC works for/with. So it is sensible to offer financial support to those affected people through CSRC. But, I am not in favor of starting to raise fund for this purpose. Alternatively, I think there is some amount balanced in Nepal relief account in Australia/USA. This is right time and reason to use some of the fund. If we decide to share some of that, I would like that fund to be sent directly to CSRC account. I am fully confident in their financial and professional integrity.
Reported by Subhash