This morning the ONGD-FNEL signed with the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Luxembourg, a new framework agreement for a period of 5 years.
The framework agreement will implement 14 projects in Nepal with 13 different local partners, for a total amount of € 3,404,059.

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The Nepal earthquake in April 2015 and the subsequent, ongoing aftershocks were a life-changing event for many of the individuals affected, and the organisations involved in providing relief and recovery after the event. Of an approximate 850,000 houses that needed rebuilding, approximately 150,000 have been rebuilt and a further 450,000 are under reconstruction now. Similarly, there are 7553 educational institution buildings (schools) that require reconstruction, and approx. 68% have been rebuilt or are currently under construction. Whilst these numbers somewhat show the extent of the damage, and the slow pace of reconstruction, we must remember that these all refer to people – people still living in temporary shelters, people waiting for their schools and health centres to be rebuilt, people still struggling to rebuild their lives.

Before the earthquake, Umbrella was a small organisation focused on child protection and supporting the children under our care in residential care, next steps education and reintegration programmes. ONGD-FNEL were Umbrella’s first institutional donor, and we only started working together in 2014. After the earthquake, Umbrella supporters around the world donated money to help with the recovery effort, and we also entered working partnerships with GOAL and UNICEF to implement some of their earthquake response programmes. At the same time, our partners at ONGD-FNEL were very flexible with their funding and allowed us to change some activities to provide necessary support after the earthquake (for example providing desks, benches and other equipment to schools which had been damaged or destroyed). Although these activities were outside of our experience, Umbrella were proud and happy to be trusted to implement these important programmes, and provide assistance to vulnerable people affected by the earthquake. Umbrella have finished working with UNICEF and GOAL, however we continue to implement our own earthquake response programme, supporting beneficiaries in 2 districts whose families were assessed at being at increased risk of breakdown (e.g. child being sent away, parent going away for work), with the aim of keeping these families together. We have also been fortunate to have the opportunity to revise some ONGD-FNEL activities to make them more relevant for issues after the earthquake – for example, our street dramas and radio broadcasts had some content in them that was specific to the earthquake context.

One positive thing that has come from the earthquake is the changing attitudes towards mental health. Before the earthquake, taking to a counsellor or psychiatrist was very stigmatised in Nepal – people and their families would feel a lot of shame about having to do this. But now, due to the large numbers of people that accessed mental health services, and the increase in availability of mental health services, that stigma is starting to reduce and mental health is better understood and accepted in society.

Three years ago:

  • Nation was struck by threatening earthquake of magnitude of 7.8 Richter scale.
  • Over 8000 people lost lives and over 22000 got injured (National Planning Commission, 2015).
  • Almost 68000 houses and with 710 heritage sites got destroyed (National Planning Commission, 2015)
  • Hundreds of thousands lost their homes and countless faces lost their caretakers
  • Around 9000 schools along with 30000 classrooms got destroyed because of which millions of students had been deprived from immediate education (National Planning Commission, 2015).

Current situation:

  • 577676 out of 676849 houses got started to be reconstructed whereas 99173 houses are still being waiting to be started (National Planning Commission, 2015).
  • Similarly, many of the schools also have been reconstructed. It is stated that over 3500 schools have already been reconstructed. Government has ability to invest for around 2000 schools (Briggs, 2018).
  • However, around 2300 schools are still in dark future of re-construction (Briggs, 2018). As the pace of physical re-construction is sluggish and haphazard, the affected family living in temporary shelters, damaged buildings and heritages, rubbles of earthquake and many such leftovers have been a chaotic scenario of number of places.

Apart from the physical messes, the traumatic condition of a huge mass still living with the years back nightmares are the most painful scenarios we often get to witness. It may seem as if people have forgotten the pains and have returned to normal life but deep inside there is a painful struggle to rebuild wrecked life and lost hopes. Compulsion to live in the temporary tents, lack of access to nutritious and hygienic food, lack of access to education for the children of affected family, deprivation of proper physical, social and psychological development of children, psychological traumas among the members of affected family, increased vulnerability of children and adolescents to drug abuse and exploitation etc. are the most serious havoc that has not been figured out  in this long three years gap and expected to persistfor decades more if this painfully slow rehabilitation program does not takes the pace.

One of the sensitive area we spotted was, psychological trauma brought about by the catastrophe in the affected ones who lost their loved ones, shelter and other life supporting backups. To address this serious yet less addressed issue, SETU provided psychological support to the women in prison, provided advocacy support to them and provided self-development support to the women for rehabilitation. Along with women in prison, we provided immediate stationary and nutritional needs to the HIV infected children in Dhadhing, Nuwakot and Sindhupalchowk districts, and household utensils to their parents. 

As a part of welfare group of disadvantaged and affected community of nation, SETU Nepal launched immediate as well as long run programs for the displaced communities.

Immediate after the disaster, number of children were hindered from access to education and the stationary materials for their study. Increased drop out for the long was sure to borne out another trouble of exploitation and social abuse. As an immediate aid, we started services to approach the children of remote areas of the southern Lalitpur which was one of the most affected area of the valley. We provided uniforms and stationary materials to the children in schools along with IT supports to the schools.

In Nepal, the post-earthquake consequence was anticipated to prevail for years then after due to which we realized a need of a sustainable program too along with short term aid. So, SETU came up with the "Day Meal Program" to the children at primary level in which we sponsored for a day meal of children in school. As the access to nutritious meal and education was badly impeded by earthquake in affected areas, the main objective of the campaign was to fulfill the nutritional need of children and to captivate them in school. With the active participation of the community and school management, the program now can be easily handed over to them as they have become fully accountable and aware of its importance. Then after we are planning to start over with the same target in another affected area too.

Being concerned about the importance of education in order to uplift such community, we have recently started “One Rupee Campaign” for the child education movement. To address the disaster affected as well as other underprivileged community of rural Nepal through “One Rupee Campaign” we collect Rs.1 per member per day from the supporting families from our community through Khutrkke (Piggy Bank). Our hopes more strengthened with this success, we are planning to make this campaign participatory with the programs like School Day Meal, School Kitchen Gardening, Parenting Education, School Staff Training for transforming teaching methodology and more on. We have set our goal to reach maximum number of needy groups with our well-wisher's blessings and encouragement.. By spending every single dime for the child education, we expect to make the community self-accountable on long run. We would like to appreciate all the supporting families who have already been part of the campaign and appeal our other well-wishers too to spread out your hand to join that of ours to gift deprived children with the quality and life changing knowledge and enlighten.

References

Briggs, B. (2018, 04 25). Their World; A Brighter Future For Every Child. Retrieved from Their News: https://theirworld.org/news/nepal-rebuilds-schools-three-years-after-earthquake

National Planning Commission. (2015). Post Disaster Need Assessment; Executive Summary. Kathmandu: Government of Nepal.