April 25th 2015 Earthquake disaster relief Aid Activity organised by Om Team and group of friends at Patan Durbar Square which is spreading its stance thru various locations of Nepal.
Nepal and its people never saw such natural disaster in its history. We never are and were prepared for this kind of hazard. That makes the victims of this fateful earthquake even more vulnerable. We have already started getting news about people getting effected by diarrhea, dysentery, flu etc. as aftermath. People are exposed in the open air without hygienic food, drinking water, medicine etc. aftermath of this scale of natural calamity could be more fatal than the event itself.
So we are organising activities to prevent these situations by providing aid of hygienic food and helping manage waste in various camps where countless people are refusing since they have no home to go back.
We appreciate all the help big and small from our friends and network all around the world.
We are being supported by many individual friends from various part of the world, The US, Tokyo, Japan, Poland, Canada, Spain and so on. Without these support we couldn't have done much. Thank you.
There are numbers of on going projects that my team are working on, which is mainly focusing on building the actual infrastructure.
1. Semi-Permanent shelters for Earthquake victims
- Semi-Permanent shelters for Earthquake victims
- Support for Schools and Orphanages.
- Coalition with Jay Nepal -Action Volunteers
After surveying and interviewing the locals of the village we have come to the conclusion that the people effected by the earthquake need shelters more than anything which will protect them from shortly coming monsoon rain.
We have brainstormed with the engineers and came up with the idea of building corrugated temporary shelters for the families which will fit the average size of a family of 6. We are involving the locals as much as possible so that that will give them the idea of ownership. We are using local materials for building the houses, such as bamboos, wooden planks etc.
The architectural structure will be geotechnical aerodynamic. The size will be 12ft x 9ft. The cost of preliminary constructing material will cost USD 150.00/shelter. Our estimated cost of building 80-100 shelters in various villages, which will come up to USD 15000.00.
In case of some families need bigger space; it is possible for them to utilize used corrugated sheets, which will be up to them. Also, depending on the availability, it is possible to use bamboo, wooden planks and bricks or stones so that they can reuse what could be retrieve from the rubble of destroyed houses. For inner insulation of walls I am planning to use the rescue sheets, which was provided by friends from Tokyo.
We have been coordinating with the students of the engineering college, Pulchowk, Lalitpur. They have agreed to volunteer. Enormous gratitude to them!
Locations that we have assessed for semi-permanent shelters:
a. Mani Dovan villages VDC-6, Kavrepalanchowke, Nepal
No. of houses: 95
No. of houses destroyed by the earthquake: 87
b. Maidi VDC-8, Dhading, Nepal.
No. of houses: 35 out of which 25 are uninhabitable.
But for now we are concentrating on the village called Mani Dovan at Kavre.
As the initial phase in these two villages we have already distributed rice, lentils, tarps, hygiene related supplies, such as: garbage bags, mosquito coils, hand soaps and Calorie Mates 60 packs.
Support for Schools and Orphanage:
Orphanage A: Shree Mother Nepal Disabled Association-Child Home
Jitpur-Phedi-7, Aanpchaur Galchi, Kathmandu.
No. of Children: 35
The center has been getting little food supply for the children from the nearby Osho Meditation Center after earthquake. The center has been surviving with little or nothing that those visitors help them on individual basis.
Present condition of the center after earthquake 25/05/2015:
The dining hall has been completely destroyed. The western wall of the hall has fallen from top to bottom. The ground sank down at least 3 feet. Walls to the north, south and east has been cracked in various places without the possibility of repairing.
The walls dormitory cottage of the front also has been damaged with multiple cracks while the dormitory in the backyard which housed more than half of the number of children completely collapsed. Both of the toilets that the children are using are in the verse of falling down.
Also, there is a threat of a neighborhood four story house falling down on top of the cottage anytime. All the concrete pillars and walls will fall down with a little aftershock of the earthquake.
The children should be removed from the cottage ( we have already started building a corrugated 15 * 20 ft shelter to move the children)
The damaged hall, dormitory building, cottage should be demolished so that there will not be any accidents and casualties in case of those place should fall down because of continuous aftershocks we are having.
Stationaries and school uniforms of the children should be provided so that when the school opens they could resume their study.
Orphanage B: The Orphans Home
Sainbu-3, Lalitpur, Nepal.
No. of Children: 28
Supplies we would need for facilitating the Semi-permanent shelters:
1. Floor insulators such as water proof mattresses, outdoor tent sheets.
For roof insulators we are providing forms, which are used to under the flooring in the households.
2. Sleeping bags: It can be used as the blankets when unzipped from all sides.
3. Tarps with various sizes. For feasibility in distributing tarps according to the family size. Basically from small size of 5m x 4m to 10m x 8m.
4. Lamps specially hand chargeable or solar. With charging usb ports are a dream come true.
5. Mosquito repellants; this could be bought here in Kathmandu. Lessen the probability of breaking the coils.
Report on the distribution of 100kg Supplies from Tokyo:
To be used mostly for the Semi-permanent Shelters that our team is building.
60 packs of Calorie mates were distributed in Maidi Village at Dhading for only Kids and Girls. Rest was distributed between two orphanages where we are conducting our projects. Each packet were handed over to each and every children (Which is all together 63 packets)
The masks along with rubber gloves (provided by OM Team) were distributed to the volunteers in camps. And a box of masks each were handed to the waste management team in those different camps along with 10 pcs rubber gloves and hand wash soaps.