Print Edition - 2015-06-05 | Earthquake Relief
Youth volunteers help build shelters around Nepal
Jun 4, 2015-
Volunteers from Nepal Swabhimani Rastriya Abhiyan, a group comprising mostly students, have provided free labour to help build 73 houses in Sindhupalchok, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu.
The campaign, which is scheduled to continue for one more month, has set a target of building at least 500 shacks in the quake-affected areas. Currently, the volunteers are setting up shelters at the rate of 10 shacks per day.
“We do not have anything else to donate apart from labour,” said Netra Mainali, lead campaigner of the group. “Locals provide us with whatever building materials they can retrieve from the rubble of their destroyed houses and we work with that.”
A 22-member team of volunteers from the organisation is currently deployed in Sindhupalchok, while some 150 of their other volunteers are working in other districts. The units, says the organisation, are deployed in needy areas to work alongside locals in reconstruction. According to Mainali, locals have been taking care of the volunteers’ food and accommodation.
Earlier, the campaign was involved in distributing relief material, which they procured from the Rs 5,000 per head they collected from 73 friends. And more donations were collected from friends abroad. “We distributed 10,000 bottles of liquid water-disinfectants in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur and distributed basic supplies in a few places in Sindhuplchok and Gorkha as well,” said Mainali.
Published: 05-06-2015 08:22