Relief against the cold in Nepal
Ten months after the Gorkha earthquake, which killed more than 8,000 in Nepal and injured a further 21,000, the Nepalese Government has begun the reconstruction of the structures that were destroyed. Across many districts of the country, hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless, with entire villages flattened, and Jesuit Missions was able to respond with an immediate grant of £10,000 to assist with the response.
The Jesuits in Nepal live and work alongside many of the affected communities and have been involved in responding to the crisis since the earthquake struck on 25 April 2015. Their greatest concern at present is the affect that the cold winter weather will have upon the people whose homes and communities were devastated.
The Nepal Jesuit Social Institute (NJSI) has been doing its best to bring warmth to the lives of earthquake survivors. They have been able to provide warm clothes in the form of sweaters, tracksuits, shoes and socks to students and have accelerated the repair work to classrooms in order to keep the children away from the chilling winter wind. In Dolakha District, for instance, NJSI recently completed repairs at Shree Bishnushowri Primary School and this week will start reconstruction at Shree Nava Jyoti Primary School. But they say they still have a shortage of fuel.
Iron sheets and blankets
In collaboration with HomeNet Nepal, they are constructing Women Safe Spaces (WSS) in four locations of Lalitpur District, as well as in Panga (Kathmandu District); and they have been able to provide corrugated galvanised iron (CGI) sheets to poor families in Jharuwarasi, Lalitpur. CGI sheets have already been transported to the site and construction work is expected to be completed this week.
In Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Kavrepalanchowk, Dhading and Nuwakot Districts, NJSI has been collaborating with Bright Star Society to supply blankets for families which include members with disabilities. While in Dhading District, they have also been able to support Internally Displaced People (IDP) living in relief camps in Dhading Besi, delivering blankets, tarpaulin, plastics and survival kits. In collaboration with Nepal Public Health Students’ Society, NJSI has been able to supply 90 blankets for earthquake survivors in Kalleri VDC, Dhading.
You can support the efforts of the Jesuits in Nepal to provide shelter and warmth to earthquake survivors via Jesuit Missions.