|FIRSTLY, A BIG THANK YOU. WITH OFFLINE DONATIONS AND GIFT AID OUR EARTHQUAKE APPEAL HAS NOW RAISED OVER Â£55,000!
In the month since the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, there was another 7.3 magnitude one and countless aftershocks, increasing the devastation and trauma experienced by the Nepali people. Access to remote areas remains extremely difficult and with monsoon season just a few weeks away there is increasing concern about the impact of flooding, landslides, and disease. In fact, last weekend there was an enormous landslide which blocked one of the major rivers and lead to thousands of people being evacuated.
The recovery has started and there is so much to do. We decided not to get heavily involved in distributing widespread short-term aid because the large aid agencies are much better equipped to do this. Our focus and expertise have always been supporting the hardest to reach and those living in chronic poverty. These children and families are sadly often excluded from mainstream aid and will need ongoing support long after the aid agencies have moved on. We believe that our skills and in depth local knowledge, which some other organisations lack, are much better utilised initiating longer term sustainable support mechanisms for these families. Our aim is to help them recover a level of normality as quickly as possible and reduce the risk of unsafe migration, family separation, and of children being unnecessarily sent to orphanages or trafficked into commercial sexual exploitation.
Our programme already supported almost 1000 of the poorest families living in urban slums in Pokhara. We are now working with more than 125 working children who have suffered from fatalities, casualties or loss of homes in their villages, and we have expanded our work supporting an additional 60 families who have migrated to Pokhara in search of work and shelter.
Our next step is to further expand our education and social support services in Pokhara and to create a number of Protection and Wellbeing Centres in Dhading for children under five. These centres will
- provide a safe place for younger children to stay
- enable parents to concentrate on rebuilding their homes and replant crops
- free up older children from looking after younger siblings (who are not currently being catered for by other organisations) and instead enable them to return to school
- provide educational, nutritional, psychosocial and parenting support.
Although the campaign is going well, we are only just over half way to reaching our target, which is the minimum amount we need to support these projects â€“ so I would really appreciate your continued help to promote our campaign as widely as possible to your family, friends and contacts.
CEO of Kidasha