Still after a month passed since the major earthquake struck Nepal on 25th April 2015, the devastation caused by the earthquake continues to hamper the lives of almost 8 million people in Nepal who were affected.
Fearing the outbreak of water-borne diseases, ECCA initiated to production of WATASOL (Chlorine Solution) from the 2nd day of EQ as an immediate response to tackle the possible problem of safe drinking water and sanitation issues in the communal shelters where people are forced to live their lifes. The WATASOL produced were immediately distributed for free to the affected families through mobilizing ECCA Volunteers and other organizations who were directly involved with the relief activities. More than 50 active volunteers worked tirelessly in bottling and packaging the chlorine solution along with its distribution in various locations and communal shelters. As of 28th May, ECCA has distributed over 27,000 bottles of 60ml (one to be used in each household) and over 800 bottles of 1 liter (for community water distribution system) chlorine solution amounting to a total of over 2,400 liters of chlorine that can purify 9,212,240 liters of water. Considering national average household size of 5 person, around 200,000 people have benefitted for a month.
Nepal being a developing country consists of many rural areas with mud houses. Almost all of such houses have collapsed due to the earthquake, turning entire villages into rubble. The nearing of the monsoon season and frequent landslides has piled up the long list of difficulties faced by the victims. The weather itself has been relentless with harsh winds and thunderous rains.
Hence, keeping the need of shelter in mind, ECCA distributed over 1300 units of tents & tarpaulin to families in rural areas in Dolakha, Lalitpur, Sindhupalchowk and Kavre Districts. More than 6500 people have benefited from the tents distributed.
ECCA also distributed over 850 Food Packages to people in the devastated areas of the above mentioned districts from which over 4,500 people have benefited. The distribution of food supplies were only possible through the support of various organizations like NDRA Dallas, HANDS Pakistan, Globalgiving foundations (US & UK), NAO and other individual supporters.
Over 100 sets of water filters were distributed in various locations of Lalitpur, Kavre, Bhaktapur, Sindhupalchok & Nuwakot which had over 500 beneficiaries.
Distribution of CGI sheets and Self Help kits through the support of SHA made the life of rural people easier in this time of disaster where people were looking for temporary shelter for their families.
Immediately after the earthquake, ECCA focused its resources in relief works. Now, ECCA is focusing on recovery works in the schools and the adjourning communities.
We would like to thank all our supporters and donors for helping us in our initiation of relief and recovery activities after EQ. Without your help and support, we would not have been able to achieve success in helping the EQ affected families. in order to increase support for our initiation and intensify the relief activities, we have also initiated a project in the website of Global Giving, an online fundraising platform. People all over the world with internet access can visit the project page Support Nepal Earthquake Relief and donate in the cause that we are working on.
By: Angel Chitrakar & Palistha Shrestha