Table of Contents
- 2016 March • Earthquake Strikes Mentawai Island
- A Decade of Tsunami Relief: Author chat with Nadine Hoover of Friends Peace Teams
- Tunas Baru Preschool’s First College Graduate!
- 2015 FPT-AWP Annual report
- Update: How you can help the people of Barak Induk
- People of Barak Induk once again under attack
- 2015 June • News from Joglo Preschool
- Minute approved on 2 June 2015 by the AWP Working Group
- Nepal Earthquake Relief Log
- Visiting communities to listen to stories of loss and repair destroyed hopes for survival
- Nepal Relief Update
- Nepal Earthquake Appeal Letter
- First batch of relief support is distributed in Nepal
- Stay at the FPT Guesthouse in Pati, Indonesia
- Silaturahmi: The Power of Visiting
- News from Palestine and Israel
- Exploratory Workshop: Connecting with Australia’s First Peoples
- Community Reading Room and the Barak Induk New Generation AVP Team
- Floods in Pati, Central Java
- “Power of Goodness” has come under the care of FPT-AWP
- Good News for Global Drinking Water!
- AWP Fall 2013 Newsletter
- PeaceWays Newsletter Fall-Winter 2013-14 issue
- News August 3 2013
- News June 26 2013
- News from Nanik at Peace Place
- News April 1 2013
- News February 25 2013
- Activities at Peace Place in February 2013
- Report to Australia Yearly Meeting January 2013
- Peace Is Possible 16 January 2013
- Petrus sent us a letter from Peace Place in Central Java today.
- News August 2012
- News August 1, 2012
- News June 2012
- News May 2012
- Expanding from Indonesia to Asia West Pacific!
- News 12 April 2011
- Peace is Possible 9 March 2011
- News 14 Dec 2010
- News 25 Nov 2010
- News, 10 Aug 2010
- News 20 July 2010
- News 15 April 2010
- News 8 March 2010
- Water Filters 21 Jan 2010
- News 18 Jan 2010
- Teacher Update 18 Jan 2010
- News 27 Oct 2009
- News 19 Sept 2009
- News 15 May 2009
- News 16 April 2009
- News 28 Feb 2009
- News 15 Feb 2009
- News 9 Feb 2009
- News 14 Jan 2009
- PIPA Letter to Indonesian Government January 2009
- News 12 Dec 2008
- News 13 Nov 2008
- Request for Teachers
April 27 2008
- News 13 April 2008
First batch of relief support is distributed in Nepal
Just before noon, Nepal time on Saturday April 25th a portion of the earth’s crust more than 120 Km or 72 miles wide, traveled 3 meters or 10 ft. to the south. The journey took just a couple of minutes but for those of us on that piece of earth, the ride was most violent we are likely to experience. Subhash Kattel and I, were facilitating two AVP Basic workshops in Kathmandu at the time, Subhash and his team were on the ground floor of a drug and alcohol recovery center. My team was on the fifth floor of a counselling center. We all crawled or lay on the floor until the ground reached its destination. Fortunately both buildings were sound and neither participants nor facilitators were hurt, although two participants walked the four hours back to their home in Bhaktapur (no transport was operating) to discover their homes were destroyed.
Call to respond. In the days following the earthquake, peace teams currently in Nepal struggled to come to terms with the best way to respond to the tragedy. The first question – should we respond now, or should we wait – was quickly answered. As humans and as friends, we must care for each other, especially if there are immediate needs for water, food, health, shelter and medical care. The answer to our second question – what can we do that the government and the big agencies cannot do better with more resources – also quickly became clear. Ever since the end of the civil war and the murder of the king of Nepal the government has been paralysed by corruption partisan politics.
Why us? Through our personal relationships, with no overhead, we are able to deliver all the contributions directly to a place of need without others’ taking a cut along the way, either in our office, along the route there or in local systems.
First batch of relief support is distributed:
Our group of 8 volunteers distributed the first batch of relief support in Koshidekha Village of Kavre district yesterday and today.
First- we visited the devastated communities in the village, observed and scanned the situation on the ground, talked with the victims and community leaders.
Second- we had a consultation meeting in a school for about an hour with a few representatives of the communities, teachers including the head teacher, and a local health worker. The main objective of the meeting was to identify the most important need of the affected community at the moment. In this way, the meeting concluded with a decision of ‘what is important to support’ based on our affordability of that time. Past-president of Federation of Nepalese Journalist of Nepal, Mr. Bishnu Nisthuri supported us in this process from the beginning to the end.
How we distributed?
Our volunteer group of 8 people purchased and gathered relief materials in Kathmandu, prepared 73 special packets for babies’ mothers and pregnant women, transported that material to the village by a truck. A group of our local contacts and friends were waiting for us in the community along with about 300 villagers. A local school teacher Mr. Uddav Kharel and few representatives from each communities volunteered to deal with the necessary allocation of the relief material based on the scale of devastation in respective community. Local health worker Mr. Prithbi Bahadur Shahi- who has information and contacts with infants’ mothers and pregnant women- took responsibility to coordinate special relief package to women at the local level through the health center. Along with relief material, we also had a group of 8 volunteers traveling from Kathmandu to help local people in the field for proper distribution.
What we distributed?
3450 KG of rice for about 370 families. The more proportion of rice was distributed to the hard hit communities- Kami Sarki Gaun, Jyamire, Kalinjor and Majhi Gaun (fishermen’s village). 5 sacks of rice was distributed only to 5 families who have physically disabled member.
73 special relief packages for mothers of small babies less than 10 months, and pregnant women.
One package of ‘Mothers of Small Babies’ included: 1 kg of dry coconut, 1 kg of peanuts, about 1.5 kg of Mishree (sugar candy- helps to produce milk), 1.5 kg of daal/lentil, 1 set of baby cloth, 1 piece of outfit/cloth for mother, 1 petticoat, 1 liter of cooking oil, half kg of Jwano (Carom/thyme seed- helps to produce milk), a piece of sleeping mat, and rice.
One package of ‘Pregnant Women Relief Package’ included: 1 kg of dry coconut, 1 kg of peanuts, about 1.5 kg of Mishree (sugar candy- helps for instant energy), 1.5 kg of daal/lentil, 1 piece of outfit/cloth for mother, 1 petticoat, 1 liter of cooking oil, and rice.
35 sets of kitchen utensil for 35 families. The families who’s utensils are buried in the collapsed houses and could not take out were identified by our local contacts in advanced, and we purchased the utensils and supplied. A set of utensils included 1 rice/dal (lentil) cooking dish, 1 curry cooking dish, and three food plates.
Expenses (1USD=98 Rupees)
Rice: USD 1,789.55
Special package for women: USD 1,202
Kitchen Utensils: USD 525
Relief Transportation via truck and logistics: USD 243
Motorbike petrol: USD 49
Total= USD 3808.55
Report submitted by Subhash Kattel