Parties wrapping up volunteer work

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 16, 2015-

Major political parties have begun wrapping up their volunteer mobilisation campaigns aimed at helping construct temporary shelters and demolish structurally damaged houses.

The main opposition UCPN (Maoist) has already completed its 15-day national campaign. Among the thousands of party cadres, a majority of them have returned while local cadres are still engaged in their quake affected districts.

According to Maoist leader Devendra Poudel, their volunteers have built 3,000 temporary shelters and around 4,000 houses were demolished upon the request of victims.

Nepali Congress and CPN-UML are also planning to wrap up their campaigns. Leaders involved in arranging temporary shelters said thousands of victims have benefited from the campaign. Volunteers mobilised by Nepali Congress have constructed around 10,000 temporary shelters so far.

“We want to complete this campaign since the volunteers are also eager to return back to their work. It may not go beyond last week of June,” NC’s volunteer mobilising committee head Dhan Raj Gurung said.

As many as 12,000 volunteers were mobilised by NC since May 23 to construct temporary shelters of quake victims and demolish structurally damaged houses. The UML, which had started a month-long national volunteers’ mobilisation campaign with the slogan ‘Nepalis’ Plan International Support; State’s leadership among all Nepalis’ since May 24 is all set to finish works by next week.

“Unless we receive request for more help from victims our campaign will come to an end by June 25,” said UML Secretary Gokarna Bista, who is leading the volunteer campaign.

Till date, the UML has constructed 20,000 temporary shelters and demolished around 25,000 structurally damaged houses. The party’s volunteers were mobilised in 26 quake-affected districts mainly Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Sindhupalchok, Rasuwa, Nuwakot, Dhading, Gorkha, Dolakha and Ramechhap among others.

Zinc sheets donated to quake-hit families

Melamchi: Maiti Nepal, an organisation active against human trafficking, has distributed corrugated zinc sheets to quake survivors at Ichowk-8 in Sindhupalchok district for temporary shelter.

Executive Director of Maiti Nepal, Bishworam Khadka, said that the organisation distributed zinc sheets to 230 quake-affected families of Ichowk-8.

Maiti Nepal has already distributed zinc sheets to all Dalit families of Sikharpur of Melamchi Municipality-12, Ward No 6 and 7 of Mahankal VDC and Ward No. 1 of Keul VDC.

Youth leader of the Nepali Congress, Taranath Dahal, on Monday distributed the zinc sheets at Ichowk-8.

Khadka said Maiti Nepal is going to launch a new campaign soon targeting the youths and children of quake-hit areas.

Published: 17-06-2015 08:11

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