Medium Term Strategy for Earthquake Relief

The local implementing non-governmental organizations Right4Children, Child Nepal as well as their funding partners Child Welfare Scheme Hong Kong, Freedom Matters UK and ONGD-FNEL Luxembourg announce their medium term earthquake relief strategy:
The new approach is focused in two very affected areas: The Sindhupalchowk district, east of Kathmandu, and the Dhading district, which is west of Kathmandu.  Within each of these districts, the partners will support two entire Village Development Committees (VDC) with enough provisions to get them through the monsoon season which tusually lasts until mid-september. Having a longer term food supply and security will enable them to focus on rebuilding shelters and planting crops.
Within each VDC, the village with the least resources will be chosen for a full reconstruction project. The goal will be a fully rebuilt village within one year. This includes new and stronger homes, healthcare facilities, schools and other infrastructure required for a sustainable community.  The partners will work closely with the community officials to make sure that the local culture is preserved and the village autonomy is respected during the reconstruction efforts.  This action will serve as a pilot program and model for other village reconstruction efforts throughout Nepal.  Right4Children is authoring a document for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the communities and their livelihoods which will be released to the public in the near future.
Supported by Freedom Matters UK, CWS Hong Kong, ONGD-FNEL Luxembourg, Child Nepal and with trauma counseling care provided by Kopila Nepal, Right4Children will also drive its efforts in the prompt reintegration of those children that have lost their parents as a consequence of the earthquake. A flow system will be developed with the government to make sure these children can stay in their village. Counseling, education and career development programs will be part of this effort.
The VDC’s being supported are:Duwarchaur VDC in the Sindhupalchowk district andDarkha VDC in the Dhading district
Duwarchaur VDC is estimated to have a population of more than 8,164 people and 1584 households.  Only a handful of homes remain standing.  Duwarchaur began receiving aid from FM, CWS, and R4C on May 7th and will continue to get deliveries for the next few weeks until all the villages have been reached. Madan Joshi of Freedom Matters, and Krishna Subedi of Child Nepal have been working together with local officials and established a list of all households. This list is being used to track when a household received aid and so ensures goods are being fairly distributed.  Darkha VDC has an estimated population of around 5000 persons and 1100 households (to be confirmed). Right4Children team members Deependra Rai and Anil Poudel are coordinating data and logistics of distribution in this VDC. Deliveries for this region beganon May 11th.

The packages being put together for households are:
2 x 30kg rice
1 x 25kg bag of Chiura
25 kg Dahl
1 kg Salt
1 Mosquito Net
1 Tarp (for those identified as not having tin for building a temporary shelter)

These values assume a household of 4-5 persons. Needs will be adjusted for family sizes.
In order to avoid duplication efforts and make aid truly effective, the partners are coordinating with the government to ensure they are the primary providers working in these areas. The goal is to have a more significant impact by focusing efforts on a concentrated area and developing a model for community rehabilitation.  Written and video documentation of the rehabilitation process will occur to be used as a guideline for future disaster recovery work.
Right4Children is an NGO based in Pokhara, Nepal whose aim is giving children and young people the opportunity of having the life they want to have.  Right4Children’s funding partners include CWS HK, Freedom Matters and ONGD FNEL. Additionally R4C collaborates with CWSN, Kopila Nepal, Centre Point Relief in Pokhara which includes: Karma Flights, Paddle Nepal, and Sathi Nepal. They continue to provide direct aid to many other devastated regions in Gorkha.