Youths take charge
- When the leaders shirk their duty, it falls on the people to make a difference
May 1, 2015-
To all concerned,
The worst has already happened. I would neither like to complain about the weakly designed buildings of Kathmandu, nor about the lack of relief materials. I would only like to make small suggestions.
The recent earthquake has shattered many hearts and destroyed many buildings. While the earthquake has affected several regions adversely, not all are unsafe in the Capital anymore. By now, plenty of people have already shifted from open spaces to their own homes. And a lot of them want to help people in the affected regions. But how, they have no clue. Fear surrounds them. They fear that the money they donate will not reach the proper places. They fear that the clothes they donate will not reach the needy ones. They fear that the materials they send for help will reach no further than the relatives of people in the higher positions. I wish that the concerned authorities would make a bold move. I wish they would dare to assure us that our help has reached the right places. But since this doesn’t seem to be happening any time soon, despite being an intermediate-level graduate, I have decided to write this.
Firstly, while contributions have already started pouring in from both inside and outside Nepal, it is important that we keep a proper record of all the donations we receive. We need to separately catalogue the relief materials and the cash we receive. It is vital that we make proper use of every penny we receive. If the government finds this task burdensome, I assure the government that there are youths willing to help maintain proper record.
Secondly, once we have prepared a proper record of the contributions we have in hand, we have to start dispensing the aid in the right way. It is crucial at this time to make sure that people who desperately need help are not excluded.
And it is also necessary to understand what kinds of aid people need at different places. For this purpose, small teams can be assigned to several affected districts to conduct quick surveys and collect rough information regarding the situation. These teams could work to locate correctly the homeless, the orphans, the hunger-stricken and the needy.
While it may sound like a very huge task, and the number of people required may be too big, I assure the government that there is no shortage of volunteers wanting to help their fellow citizens suffering from such a disaster. With proper instructions and guidelines from the government’s side, I don’t think collecting data about the victims and the nature of their suffering should be a tough job.
Thirdly, it is vital that we provide the people with clean food, water and amenities. Epidemics spread rapidly in the aftermath of a calamity. So we need to make sure that our brothers and sisters don’t fall victims to common epidemics like cholera and hepatitis. Many affected people need proper advice on maintaining proper sanitation. Since informing everyone individually is not plausible, awareness should be spread through the radio, television, newspapers and even by using loud speakers and pamphlets.
Lastly, while skeptics might argue that it is not possible to do all that I have mentioned, I see nothing wrong in trying our level best. Thousands have already died in the earthquake, and there are many more who are in dire straits. If we don’t do anything at all, then many more will die. But if we work together and use our resources in the correct manner, then we can save lives. So let’s get working.
Bhusal is a recent A-level graduate from Budhanilkantha School
Published: 02-05-2015 09:21