Print Edition - 2015-05-25  |  Earthquake Relief

Australian woman aids in relief

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Australian woman aids in relief

May 24, 2015-

When the Great Earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, Calida Neal, 35, was at her home in Australia. As soon as she got the news about the earthquake from social networking sites, she contacted Keshav Khanal, owner of Hotel Monalisa, Sauraha, to further inquire about the situation. Khanal provided her with details about the earthquake and the damage it had caused.

She was shattered to learn that a country close to her heart had been devastated by the quake. She could not just stay put. Ignoring Khanal’s advice to visit Nepal only once the dust settles, she set out to visit the country and help the survivors. Within 72 hours of the quake, Neal’s flight had landed in Kathmandu.

“When I was here 3 years ago, my father had informed me that Nepal was susceptible to a massive earthquake anytime in the future,” she recalls. She says she wants to do whatever she can to help.

Neal first travelled to Chepang village in Chitwan and distributed food supplies to the victims. She also offered psychological counseling to the traumatised victims.

She was not going to stop there. She travelled to several villages across the country, distributing relief supplies.

“I tried to advise the people on how to be safe from other natural occurrences since there is a high chance of landslides and floods that could add to the trouble,” she says.

Neal, through her organisation—Student Volunteer Placement International (SVPI)—has already contributed relief supplies worth Rs 1,617,000 to the victims.

Published: 25-05-2015 07:09

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