Locals more bent towards social work after quake

Locals more bent towards social work after quake

Jun 15, 2015-

When most people try to throw lavish reception to celebrate the consummation of their marriage,  Anuj Shrestha, a doctor by profession, cancelled his wedding reception and handed over a part of the money he had set aside for the event to the District Disaster Relief Committee (DDRC) so it could be used to buy food and build accommodations for the victims of the recent earthquake.

Shrestha gave away quite a substantial sum—Rs 1,11,111—to the DDRC on Monday.

On the other hand, Mohan Acharya, who entered wedlock on Saturday, slashed his marriage expenses by almost half to hand over two solar panels worth Rs 100,000 to light up a neighbourhood in the district headquarters Kusma where earthquake victims have pitched there temporary shelters.

These are just few examples of the locals here who have opted to help the earthquake victims by cutting off their celebration expenses.

Looking at the phenomenon, it is safe to assume that the April 25 earthquake has changed the very perception of the youths here, as they have started getting engaged in various kinds of social work to help the victims of earthquake build their lives anew.

In the last one month and a half, around a dozen families in the district have chosen not to throw parties or celebrate social functions lavishly and instead spend the money for the good of the society.

From children to elderly citizens, people of all walks of life have joined hands to donate money  for various noble causes in the district.

Many school children are even found to have saved a part of their lunch money so that they would be able to donate money for good causes, while some of the elderly people including octogenarians have also been seen saving money to contribute towards one or the other social work in their own little way.

Only last week, a school boy named Sagar Kumar chose not to celebrate his birthday so that he could donate Rs 10,000 to help reconstruct a school in the district wrecked by the quake.

Similarly, Satyanarayan Bhajan Samuha collected Rs 21,500 by singing religious hymns and gave it to a sanskrit school that had suffered heavy damages in the earthquake.

“Disaster doesn’t distinguish between a rich and a poor, it spares no one,” said Gopi Adhikari, first vice-president of Parbat Chambers of Commerce, adding that the earthquake has changed the mindset of the people.

Social functions which used to be extravagant before the devastating April 25 earthquake are now performed only to save culture and tradition.

People say that natural calamity befalls equally on all and have started giving more emphasis to social work rather than spending their time and money on recreation and selfish pursuits. Adhikari himself bought furniture for a quake-ravaged school in the district headquarters from the money he had set aside to celebrate his birthday.

Meanwhile, Balgopal Shrestha, a respected businessman in his district, has opened a charity trust from the money he saved by cutting off excess spending.

“We can make a huge difference by cutting off unnecessary expenses everyday and spending it on charity and social development,” said Balgopal, adding that the locals have distributed more relief materials to earthquake victims in Parbat than the government.

Clubs like Rotary, Lions, and Jaycees can be seen involved in social work which have been very effective in bringing succour to earthquake victims in the district.

Plus, through their awareness campaigns and activities they have also become successful in helping change the mindset of the locals and make them more inclined towards volunteerism and social work.

Published: 16-06-2015 08:05

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