CHARIS together with the Caritas family, has helped the Nepalese people recover from the powerful earthquakes which struck on 25 April and 12 May 2015.
Article by: Gabriel Lee (CHARIS Staff)
Photo by: Gabriel Lee and Caritas Nepal
Thuli Maya Tamang, 73, was out in the fields working when the earthquake happened. Her house was levelled to the ground. With the help of her neighbour, Thuli managed to rebuild her home, albeit as a temporary shelter using materials provided for by Caritas Nepal. Today, one year after the disaster, Nepal is on a slow pace to recovery. Recently, the Nepalese government has announced that NGOs can now commence reconstruction programmes. The government has mandated that all new houses being built have to be earthquake resistant and in line with government design and standards.
Thuli Maya Tamang (center) standing in front of her temporary shelter that her neighbour (right) had helped to build using materials from Caritas Nepal.
From 25 - 27 April 2016, Caritas Internationalis organised a Solidarity Conference in Nepal to commemorate the strength of the Nepalese people and to remember those who have died. The conference also touched on understanding the achievements and lessons learnt from the recovery stage. Caritas partners also had the opportunity to find out how the Nepalese people are coping after the disaster. In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, CHARIS pledged SGD 100,000 in grant aid to Caritas Nepal. Through partners, CHARIS was able to rapidly send tarpaulin sheets, water purification bottles, portable jerry cans and solar lamps. In September 2015, CHARIS granted another SGD 410,000 to reconstruct more than 70 houses in Balthali, a village which was badly devastated by the earthquakes.
Staff of Caritas Nepal receiving CHARIS's water filtration bottles in 2015 for distribution to those affected by the earthquakes.
The combined efforts of Caritas organisations provided temporary shelters and relief supplies to over 120,000 people in 168 Village District Communities. In spite of the many challenges faced by the Nepalese people, His Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, President of Caritas Internationalis, said that “Communities here in Nepal are resilient and are trying to rebuild their lives and revive their dreams but they cannot do it without our help. Caritas is “Love in action” and “Love without borders”. We are here in Nepal not just to help rebuild homes and schools, but to help people get back to work or to ensure their water supply is repaired. We are here to offer hope.
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