Thousands of Nepalese are without a home with the upcoming monsoon season

16-07-2015

Supporting and background information

14 different areas in Nepal, inhabited by at least 315,000 people, remain inaccessible by road, while some areas, home to 75,000 people cannot even be reached by air.[1] The UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has established that 8.1 million people currently require humanitarian support and 1.9 million people are in need of food assistance. The hundreds of aftershocks that followed the earthquakes of April 25 and May 12, 2015, have demolished entire villages, particularly in rural and remote areas. The ever-increasing death toll has reached 8,500 people by mid-May, while 10,000 are injured, making it the deadliest disaster to ever hit Nepal.[2]

Over half a million homes have been demolished, most of which are in remote areas (UN News Centre), forcing many Nepalese to live in tent communities.[3] Many survivors are dealing with shortages of food and water. Nepal’s mountainous topography renders affected communities difficult to reach. Additionally, as one of many consequences of the earthquakes, cracks in the mountains have formed, and are causing landslides, further isolating the villages damaging the roads. Although not always thought of as vital, roads represent an essential cornerstone of humanitarian aid. The monsoon season, further damaging the infrastructure, will complicate the relief and recovery efforts, as well as significantly impact the health of children and elderly.

GHRD and our partners

Together with two partners in rural Nepal, Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) has targeted communities in the most affected remote areas to provide relief aid. In these areas 90% of people’s livelihoods have been destroyed and, due the their remote location and the lack of infrastructure, very little support reaches them. The Organisation for Social-Economic Development Nepal (OSED), one of GHRD’s partners in the country, directs its relief efforts to Khokana, a small village south of Kathmandu. GHRD is currently involved in the design of a fundraising campaign to raise more money for the OSED’s project, that has so far raised  a little over $8,000. For more information about the “Directly Help Khokana” campaign, please click here.

The Village Development Foundation Nepal (VDF), another local partner of GHRD, has developed a project that targets four villages in the Ramecchap district which were completely destroyed by the earthquakes. This district is situated close the epicenter of the 2nd earthquake.

VDF, similarly to OSED, has been in direct contact with the affected villages to assess their needs and tackle imminent problems in the community. However, more funding is needed in order to continue their work.

GHRD is developing a crowdfunding campaign for the necessary relief aid to reach more than 10,000 people in these villages and help them rebuild their communities and livelihoods. With your financial support, tarps and steel sheets will be distributed to provide safe temporary houses that can withstand the monsoon season consequences. Food packages, drinking water, blankets, basic medical supplies and other basic necessities will also be provided.

The campaign will be launched on 30 July 2015, the International Day of Friendship and World Day against Trafficking in Persons. The International Day of Friendship promotes the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities, the need for which is especially visible in the times like these. The World Day against Trafficking in Persons in turn promotes raising awareness of the problem and the need for the promotion and protection of the victims’ rights. Although largely neglected in light of the other consequences of the earthquakes, the problem of increased human trafficking, especially that of women and children, has become ever so pressing. With such a symbolic campaign launch, GHRD would like to remind our generous donors and followers about how much work is still left for us to do to make the world a safer place with your help.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed about our crowdfunding campaign. For more information you can also contact us by sending an email to agowri@remove-this.ghrd.org.


[1] UN News Services 2015. 2015, May 25). “Nepal: with monsoon season nearing, UN races humanitarian relief to quake-affected communities.” UN News Centre. Retrieved from:

 http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=50958#.VYAjr2BN3zK

[2] Wilkes, T. and Sharma, G. (2015, May 17). “Nepal Earthquake Death Toll Becomes Highest on Record in the Nation.” Reuters.

Retrieved from: www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/17/nepal-earthquake-death-toll_n_7300646.html

[3] UN News Services 2015. 2015, May 25). “Nepal: with monsoon season nearing, UN races humanitarian relief to quake-affected communities.” UN News Centre. Retrieved from:

 http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=50958#.VYAjr2BN3zK

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