‘I/NGOs fail to mend their working style’

  • post quake activities
- NAGENDRA ADHIKARI, Kavre

Jun 23, 2015-

Following the devastating earthquake, Panchakanya Banquet in Banepa, Kavre had all its reservations cancelled. However, Save the Children rented the banquet for Rs 360, 000 per month to use the space as an office and godown.

Several INGOs, NGOs and UN agencies have been using hotels and private houses for their activities concerning the quake victims.

Since the past two months, several resorts in Kavre, Sindhuli, Dolakha and Sindhupalchok districts are occupied by staff of these organisations. Even though there was no record of their expenditures, these organisations on an average pay around Rs 4,000 per day to the resorts. Save the Children including some social organisations, as part of their volunteer works, have assured to establish 150 Temporary Learning Centres (TLC) in the district. A majority of the schools, however, still do not have learning centres.

Business is, likewise, brisk for around 25 hotels in Nagarkot and Dhulikhel, owing to these organisations. According to assistant District Education Officer (DEO) Thulobabu Dahal, schools have been on the receiving end since organisations have failed to mend their working style. “Schools have suffered due to lack of proper management. A major portion of their funds are spent on their transportation and daily wages, including other expenses,” he said.

Spokesperson of Save the Children Sudarshan Shrestha, however, looks at the bigger picture. “We atleast need infastructure to carry out our activities, leaving us with no option but to pay considerably more for a small space,” he said.

Chairman of Nangshal Association Dinesh Lama lamented that their work has been hampered due to a shortage of construction materials. “We have been searching for galvanized zinc sheets to build TLC for the past three weeks,” said Lama.

Save the Children, World Food Programme, Unicef, Plan International, Karuna Foundation, including 142  organisations have got permission from the District Disaster Relief Committee to work in the earthquake affected areas.

Local Development Officer Chiranjibi Timsina said that the works done by several of the NGOs in the district have not been satisfactory. “Some of them have assured to help but have limited funds,” he said.

 

Published: 24-06-2015 08:12

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