abril 25, 2015
In the days immediately following the catastrophe, ChildFund distributed food, tents and tarps to affected families in the Sindhupalchok District, north of Kathmandu, where 90% of homes were either destroyed or severely damaged.
The intervention also prioritized attending to children to help them overcome the trauma
. To do this, the organization set up centers where youngsters could find asylum and emotional support through games and educational activities. It also built temporary schools and provided didactic material, warm clothing and uniforms to the youngsters.
One of these girls, Binisha, who lost her home in the disaster, remembers how the children’s center helped her get over her fear: “I loved singing songs and dancing. My older siblings didn’t want to go but I felt safe because I was with my friends”. Her school, like many others in the Sindhupalchok and Ramechhap districts, was also destroyed. ChildFund build temporary classrooms in her community. “I was so glad when I told myself: ‘I can study again!’”, Binisha happily recalls.
Thanks to the donations received by Educo
and other member organizations of ChildFund Alliance
following the emergency, this is what we’ve achieved in the first year:
- Establishment of 21 Children’s Centers to help youngster recover and overcome the trauma
- Construction of 60 temporary schools to ensure that 2,400 children do not miss class while their schools are being rebuilt
- Provision of backpacks, uniforms and school supplies such as pencils and notebooks for 5,000 children, in addition to warm clothes
- Renovation or construction of water and sanitation systems in 11 affected schools
- Distribution of intimate hygiene materials to 800 adolescent girls
- Capacity building for families and communities for the prevention of risks in the face of natural disasters
There is still much to do and ChildFund Alliance will continue working in Nepal to help children and their families rebuild their lives.
(Photos: Jake Lyell/ChildFund)