Print Edition - 2015-05-27  |  Earthquake Relief

Congress builds houses in Palpa

- MADHAV ARYAL, Palpa

May 26, 2015-

In the remote village of Darpuk, in Palpa, Sangita Bote sought shelter underneath a tarpaulin with six family members, including two disabled sons, in the aftermath of Great Quake.

All she owned was a goat and a buffalo calf. Her husband, who works as a migrant worker in India, seldom came home and the burden of providing for her family and running the household rested on her shoulders.  “I had built a small hut on the land given by my parents, but that too has been damaged by the earthquake,” she says. “I have nothing left.”

A fellow villager of Bote’s, Min Bahadur, too has lived through similar challenges.  His house was destroyed and he had no means to build a new one. “The quake has made everyone’s life difficult. But it is the poor people who suffer the most,” says Min Bahadur. Many other houses in the village have been damaged.

The district chapter and the youth wing of the Nepali Congress have constructed houses for these two families free of cost.

“I got a new house within a day and for that I am very thankful,” says Sangita Bote. “My boys now have shelter and I try to take care of other things,” she says. Bote’s house now has a door made of zinc sheets.

Min Bahadur is also grateful to the political parties’ initiative as his family now has a roof that can withstand the soon-to-come monsoon.

Published: 27-05-2015 07:27

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