Nepal Update

ACCI Relief initial response is ensuring the supply and distribution of emergency supplies. We have been working in collaboration with ACCI’s own partner Ps Ashok Adhikari to facilitate the distribution of food, water, tents, clothes and other basic supplies. Ps Ashok and his network of churches have begun responding by providing basic food and emergency supplies in shelters and villages.

Clip courtesy of Stephen White YouTube Channel (2015, May 3). Ps Ashok Adhikari gives a chilling account of life in Nepal. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROt2hixLedY 

Emergency Relief Supplies:

nepal_ladies_sml.jpgEmergency relief supplies have already been provided to 398 families. Each of these families received the following:

  • 23 kg rice
  • 2 kg beattonrice
  • 1 litre cooking oil
  • 2 kg Dal
  • 1 packet salt
  • 2 kg sugar 
  • Blanket for those with small children 

Mobilising Volunteers:

215 volunteers have also been mobilised to rescue people, livestock and other items out of the collapsed or half collapsed buildings. These volunteers are provided with a small allowance to purchase food. 70% of these volunteers are working in remote regions. 

As we receive more funding we can provide many more families with emergency supplies and support volunteers to assist those in desperate need. There are many villages in Nuwakot, Dhading, Kavre, Sindhupalchowk Districts where the need for things like food and shelter is becoming critical.

Medical Care:

ACCI Relief is working with our on the ground contacts to assist those in need of medical care.  ACCI Relief is supporting medical teams being dispatched into communities in affected districts including Gorkha, Lalitpur and Sindhupalchowk districts. Emergency medical treatments and needs assessments are currently being completed. 

ACCI Relief will also support Anandaban Hospital located just outside Kathmandu. This hospital has been treating many of those that have been injured during the earthquake and will continue to treat those in need of medical care. ACCI Relief is coordinating this response with Leprosy Mission Nepal, of which ACCI’s Ps Ashok is Chairman of their board. 

Child Protection and Anti-Trafficking:

ACCIR is working with on the ground contacts to establish a new anti-trafficking project in the worst affected district of Sindhupalchowk. The project aims to:

  1. Advocate in communities about the dangers of trafficking
  2. Preserve family unity
  3. Reunify children who have been separated from their families.

 In Chautara, the capital of Sindhupalchowk district, anti-trafficking awareness raising workshops are being held and staff members are helping register details of families arriving from the surrounding villages. The project will work closely with other NGO’s to advocate for and ensure child reintegration, family preservation and gatekeeping.

The major focus of the work will be in Bahrabise, another town in Sindhupalchowk district. Not many agencies are working in this region and the surrounding villages have been very badly affected. Assessment teams have already gone into many of these isolated villages in order to gather information and formulate a clearer operational strategy.  These assessment activities will highlight how many unaccompanied children and orphaned children families are at risk of allowing their children to be trafficked to ‘orphanages’ in Kathmandu. The project will then work to:

  1. Reunify unaccompanied child with their families
  2. Reunify orphan with other members of their extended families
  3. Support the strengthening of families who are at risk allowing their children to be trafficked

ACCI Relief is working with on the ground contacts from Next Generation Nepal. ACCI Relief and Next Generation Nepal are both members of the Better Care Network, a network of organisations focused on the issue of children without adequate family care and working towards reducing family separation and supporting family based alternative care.

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