KATHMANDU- (April 25, 2016)- One year after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, reconstruction efforts need to be accelerated, urges international humanitarian organization CARE.
Beginning in 1978 CARE was one of the first international aid agencies to work in Nepal. Today, CARE Nepal works to address the systemic and structural causes of poverty and social injustice, such as discrimination based on gender, caste, class and ethnicity; poor governance; and vulnerability from conflict and natural disasters. CARE has identified three core themes for its current programs:
- empowering women
- securing livelihoods and effectively managing natural resources
- addressing equity and social justice
CARE works with some of the poorest, most vulnerable communities in Nepal, focusing on Dalits (people deemed as lower class), socially excluded indigenous people, poor families, marriageable girls and boys, single women, people with HIV/AIDS, and people affected by conflict or disaster.
CARE Nepal with its local partner Group of Helping Hands (SAHAS) Nepal is training local masons to build earthquake resilient build houses. One of the trainees is 37 year old Pyaksi (Sunita) Pariyar.
Dhan Bahadur Gurung puts his crutches aside as he prepares his afternoon meal in his village of Laprak in Gorkha district. His 69-year old mother Purni Maya Gurung helps him serving the meal as Dhan Bahadur enjoys the sun.
Narayan Shrestha, 63 of Dhading village sits on a hay mat basking in the sun with his nine months old granddaughter. He takes out an orange from a basket, peels it off and gives it to his granddaughter.
25-year old Amrita Giri from Thatipokhari in Palungtar Municipality, Gorkha was pregnant with her second child when she visited the Palungtar birthing center supported by CARE Nepal.
Desh Kumar Ghale inconveniently hops down the stairs as he makes his way home. He pulls his traditional Nepali stool and sits in his quadrangle where his nephews hustle in a playful manner. His oldest niece accompanies Desh as she pulls out another stool and sits beside him.
Som Bahadur Tamang from Dubachour VDC of Sindhupalchowk district had just started planting tomatoes in his farm during August 2015 when he was interviewed by CARE staff. Eight months after, Som is making good progress and is able to make a decent living selling his tomatoes.
Jit Lal Tamang, 36 from Banskharkha Village of Sindhupalchowk helps to carry a bucket of water inside the temporary shelter he and his family lives in, while his wife, Kami Granden cooks. However, this kind of peaceful environment was not common a while ago.