Youth-led organisation lends hand

- GAURAV THAPA, Kathmandu

May 6, 2015-

The Association of Youth Organisations Nepal (AYON), is bustling with activities in the aftermath of the earthquake. In less than 24 hours after the April 25 quake, the organisation was able to form an #act4quake team, consisting 200 volunteers and 40 doctors, and send them to Gorkha.  The association, which coordinates with around 98 youth-led organisations from throughout the country, has been mobilising 100 volunteers at its office in Kathmandu to arrange for and coordinate the transport of relief packages to the needy and collect information received from the quake-affected areas.

 “We have reached 100 villages in 12 districts so far,” said Brabim Kumar KC, president of the association. “Our priority is to reach the areas that are still waiting for relief material.”

AYON claims that it has involved more than 700 volunteers in disaster management operations throughout the country. The first priority of the organisation, according to KC, is to provide immediate supplies to the disaster-afflicted communities after assessing their need. And their second priority is to control the possibilities of epidemic outbreak by initiating hygiene and sanitation programme throughout the country.

Similarly, to temporarily rehabilitate the homeless people throughout the country,  the youth association has already teamed up with another organisation, ComeonYouth StandUp (COYSU), and started a bamboo-housing project.

“We plan to build 25,000 bamboo houses,” says Pravin Pathak, who is associated with COYSU and is leading the project. The organisations have already sent a team to Nuwakot to build the first batch of 45 houses there.

Published: 07-05-2015 08:29

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