Initial help for the earhquake stricken village of Bhainsepati

What it is about

- The village of Bhainsepati – Bagmati was completely destroyed after the earthquake in 2015. In particular, women had not received any support from the government. For approximately 40 mostly single women – some of them with children –  we organized an aid transport with metal sheets and food right after the earthquake in 2015. In 2016, Roots for Life was back on the scene to see what had happened. People still waited for the government’s help. It even seemed counterproductive to start the reconstruction on their own initiative since in this case the promised government aid would not be paid out in the future, neither. In 2016, we gave the task of making a list of needed supply to the village women (empowerment). Thus our resources covered actual needs. This discussion process is rather time-consuming and it is unfamiliar to the women that relief organizations take their time for it. But we believe, however, that this is the only way to provide really useful relief and to promote self-responsibility. In addition, we show respect and appreciation towards people in need. We involve them in solving their problems.

Our part in this project

Roots for Life was one of the few organizations to provide emergency relief in the region after the 2015 earthquake. In particular, we were the first aid organization focusing on sigle women. As many of them were not officially registered and lacked ID-cards they couldn’t sign up or claim the government’s support. Thus, they were excluded from the distribution of public aid.

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Status

Q4/2016: Our emergency aid has been completed. However, Roots for Life continues to support the village with visits and we provide fixed-budget supply, as long as the villagers need it ...
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