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
Nepal Relief Update
Nepal Earthquake Relief – Report 3
Genuine relief support provided for victims who are in the bottom of society.
Subhash with two other volunteers Mr. Bishnu Nisthuri and Mr. Manoj Pandey visited Khoplang village of Gorkha district, a place near to the epicenter. On the 5th of May, we walked around the hilly village for about 7 hours and visited about 160 devastated houses and families. Most of them were dahlit (‘untouchable’) and Kumal (a disadvantaged ethnic group) settlements. About 70% houses are collapsed by the earthquake in the area.
We went to the village with an open mind and did not take any relief material along. We wanted to have first hand observation and information about the important needs in the community, we also wanted to not waste the relief material by duplicating, and we wanted to reach the voiceless and powerless families directly. In this way- we stay out of relief politics and conflicts on the ground.
Case of Mr. Ramji- 32 years and Mrs. Bimala Gaire- 24 years:
One of the families we visited was the Gaire family, an extremely poor
and just literate Dalit family with 3 children in a row, the youngest being one and half months old. They had an about-to-fall-down mud house with hay roofing, the infant was sleeping in an extremely narrow cradle made out of jute sack hung by a plastic rope under the badly cracked mud house. The baby and mother needed clean cloths to replace. Mosquito bite spots were visible on the faces since they were sleeping on the open sky and had no tent. The oldest daughter- about 5 years of age- was carrying about 10 liters of water from about 2 kilometers distance to help her mother. The mother- with very weak looking physical condition and scared face- was cleaning some dishes in front of their damaged house. The infant and mother both were suffering from fever. And, this was too much for us to witness. We said to the father, “Take your child to the health center immediately, and inform us as soon as possible what happens, we will arrange some basics for your family.” The father went to the health center and came back with some medicine.
Our visiting team in the community instantly concluded- there is a genuine need of women and babies in the area and decided to address this need which is unnoticed and untouched by the rest of the relief supporters- from the very big agencies to the individuals. Our team discerned that this would be the best use of our limited resource.
We came to our shelter in late evening and in our hand we had a list of women who needed such support. Instead of coming back to Kathmandu and take a long time to secure support for the women, the next day in the early morning we traveled to the nearby biggest market in Gorkha district headquartes to prepare relief packages for the women. We prepared a special package for Gaire family, arranged a hard-to-find tent with the help of local journalist, bought two sets of baby cloths, and one set of clothes for the mother. Having contacts with local journalist we managed to buy materials at wholesale price. We made 22 separate packages and went back to village center, invited the women, and distributed relief packages in shortest possible time. All women returned home with delighted smiles.
In this trip, we offered support for 22 women. Then, when the money we carried ran out we returned back to Kathmandu on the eve of 7th May with full of satisfaction. We will go to the next place very soon.
This relief package included: 1 kg dry coconut, 1 kg peanuts, 1 kg Mung dahl, 1 kg Musuri dahl, 1 kg Mishree, 2 liters of cooking oil, Jwano, a mosquito net, 2 detergent soaps, and 1 bathing soap.
Relief materials for 22 families- US$326
Donated: Mr. Manoj, our team member contributed his vehicle for transportation for three days. We were hosted by a local social worker and business person Mr. Basanta for our food and shelter in the village. So we did not have to spend cash for this. Local journalist Mr. Kishor arranged a tent free of cost for Gaire family and also contributed Nepalese Rupees 5,000 (US$50) to this end.
The journalists group appreciated our special attention to the special population and they wanted to produce a news report on this. But for some other emergency reasons, the reporter of a national daily had to leave the village.
Thank you all.