Print Edition - 2015-06-01  |  Earthquake Relief

NYF continues its large-scale relief, rehabilitation programme

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
NYF continues its large-scale relief, rehabilitation programme

May 31, 2015-

The Nepal Youth Foundation, an organisation working for the welfare of underprivileged children, has been carrying out a large-scale relief and rehabilitation programme as part of its ongoing Earthquake Relief Project.

Starting from April 27, two days after the earthquake, the NYF has provided medical and surgical supplies, 100 mattresses, 200 blankets and food worth $75,000 to the TU Teaching Hospital, Patan Hospital and KU Dhulikhel Hospital. Additionally, the organisation has provided a C-ARM machine used for fracture assessment, worth $25,000, to the Patan Hospital. According to the organisation, over 3,100 patients have benefitted from its services  in the three hospitals.

For patients discharged from hospitals with nowhere to go, the organisation is providing complete medical care in its recovery homes in Lalitpur and Pokhara. The makeshift recovery homes have provided service to 150 people till date.

The NYF is a donor-funded organisation which has been supporting children in Nepal by providing them with healthcare, education and creating safe environment since the last 25 years. It has been providing vocational education and career counselling, scholarships for impoverished youths and disabled students, organising community-based classroom improvement programmes, supporting freed Kamlaris, and operating nutritional rehabilitation homes and children homes among others.

Despite not being a relief agency, it has distributed 1,600 tarpaulins and tents, 96 bundles of corrugated iron sheets, 9.5 tonnes rice, 400 kg lentils, 600 pairs of clothes, edible oil, sanitary supplies and construction tools in the earthquake-affected districts. It has also provided the affected mothers and their babies with 100 gowns and 100 sets of baby clothes. Some 90,000 people from 12,000 households in Sindhupalchok, Kavrepalanchok, Nuwakot, Gorkha, Dolakha, Dhading and the Kathmandu Valley have benefitted so far. Further, it has provided 400 water filters and 10,000 mosquito nets to the victims.

Likewise, the NYF has been operating four day care and learning centres in Dolakha and 13 in Kathmandu for children displaced by the earthquake.  More than 1,200 children have visited these centres, which provide education, recreation and psychological counselling. “More than one million children are out of school and their families are short of adequate food and they are unable to create child-friendly environment at home. The NYF’s day care concept has proved to be extremely effective,” read a statement from the organisation.

To help children deal with possible post-disaster psychological scars, NYF’s Ankur Counselling Centre has trained 165 teachers and parents on relaxation and self-help techniques. As part of the government’s Health and Protection Cluster, Ankur is also conducting a two-day training for psychologists who will be mobilised in the affected communities.

According to the Communication and Development Manager of the NYF, Anjita Parajuli, the organisation has currently shifted its focus on rebuilding and is planning to construct some 1,500 homes and 250 schools. They also plan to start a construction training programme for 1,000 youth and home owners. The overall cost of this project is estimated to be around $2.5 million.

Published: 01-06-2015 07:46

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