Print Edition - 2015-05-19 | Earthquake Relief
Individual groups contribute to quake relief
May 18, 2015-
When people gradually regained consciousness from the shock of the devastating earthquake, many started involving themselves in helping those who were affected the most.
“The first day, we were at loss,” said Ram Chandra Giri, a socioilogist. “But the news of the devastation prompted us to act instead of staying idle.”
Giri and his college friends, who are all professionals now, wanted to help the victims but they did not know how. When this group of professionals—which also includes doctors—reached Bhaktapur, they realised that there were people who needed help of all sorts. They decided to fund the relief work out of their own pockets.
They visited affected areas to assess the situation so that they could use their funds most effectively. After the first quake, the group has already spent over half-a-million rupees for purchasing and distributing tarpaulins, food and medical supplies. Till date, they have reached more than six dozen VDCs of Dhading, Sindhupalchowk and Dolakha districts.
Organisations like Environment & Resource Management Consultant (ERMC) and National College of Computer Studies (NCCS) have provided vehicles for transporting goods, while two affiliated well-wishers from the UK and the US have contributed Rs 40,000 to the campaign. “A friend has pledged funds for constructing 25 toilets and we are collecting additional funds to buy corrugated iron sheets for roofing 50 households of Kalleri VDC in Dhading,” said Giri.
Published: 19-05-2015 08:00