February 5 2019
Karuna-Shechen began when Matthieu Ricard was inspired to undertake compassionate action for people in the Himalayan region. Now in our 19th year, we help over 250,000 people annually in remote v...
Phase 1 of our intervention, our Emergency Response, has ended.
This September, we have started implementing our rehabilitation plans to help communities and individuals rebuild their lives after the earthquakes in Nepal. It is estimated that two million people were displaced by the 7.8 and 7.3 magnitude earthquakes that struck the country in April and May 2015. Many villages, schools and other essential infrastructures were completely destroyed or badly damaged.
Local communities are more than ever in need of long-term assistance. In keeping with our mission to help the most vulnerable people, Karuna-Shechen has created a strategy to address the needs of the the communities that were left out of humanitarian and development aid programs because of their remoteness and/or small population
In Nepal, with our network of partners and since the first earthquake struck on April 25, Karuna-Shechen has helped over 200.000 people in 564 villages, bringing essential medical, food, and relief aid to the most vulnerable populations.
We have also implemented a special program for pregnant women and new mothers. In addition to their normal food rations, they receive iron, calcium and vitamin B supplements as well as extra nutritious food.
Close to 90% of our relief work is carried out by local people (volunteers and local partners) who have an excellent knowledge of the terrain and the communities we are helping. This has allowed to us to reach the most isolated and vulnerable as well as quickly assess and respond to their needs.
We are still concentrating our efforts on villages that do not fall within other NGO’s emergency priorities because of their size and isolation and on communities who have little or no means of accessing relief funds and/or materials from donors. These communities represent a very large section of the affected population.
To learn more about the extent of the damage in different districts:
Next step: Rehabilitation and Reconstruction
After the end of the monsoon in September, Karuna-Shechen will start the next stage of help: rehabilitation and reconstruction phase.
We will focus our efforts on programs that benefit communities as a whole. Our teams are currently working on developing a medium and long term strategy.
Here is a brief outline:
-Support subsistence agriculture: creation of kitchen gardens in villages, distribution of seeds and livestock (goat and buffaloes etc.)
-Organizations of first aid training courses for villagers (2000 per year) .
-Reconstruction of water supply systems and rainwater harvesting systems.
-Reconstruction of damaged schools
-Fighting and preventing human trafficking
News from the Schools Karuna-Shechen supports
Although none of the small community schools we support were destroyed in the two earthquakes, the continuing aftershocks have now caused extensive damage to two of them.
In Tarkeshwori School, Ramechhap district, the entire school building has been damaged. Initial small cracks have now developed into major fractures and the school has now been classified as uninhabitable by the Education Department. Temporary shelters for classrooms have been erected so that classes can start again.
At Sundarimai Primary School, Kavre district, because of safety concerns due to extensive damage, two classrooms as well as the administration office room have been moved to temporary shelters.
Our relief operations are still in full swing. We are continuing to reach as many remote villages as possible to help isolated communities in desperate need of medical, relief and food aid.
Nepal continues to be rocked daily by 3-4 aftershocks and many districts are still affected by small landslides. As a result, roads to remote villages are extremely perilous.
The Roads Department said it expects bigger landslides with the start of the monsoon season. Many villages could soon be completely cut off from the rest of the world. It is therefore essential that we reach them as fast as possible.
With our network of local partners, and thanks to your generous donations, we have already reached and helped 78,767 people in 266 villages of the most affected districts.
Districts of intervention: Dhading, Nuwakot, Lalitpur, Sindupalchok, Kavre, Dolakha, Kathmandu, Rasuwa, Ramecchap, Bhaktapur, Gorkha.
Latest pictures from the field:
Nepal continues to be rocked by up to five aftershocks each day. They cause dry landslides, blocking access to roads and hampering relief operations. But despite these challenges, we have been able to successfully pursue our relief efforts and, with your donations, help some of the most isolated and vulnerable communities.
In collaboration with other local organizations and volunteers from the communities we help, we have now reached 165 villages and directly helped 41,762 people in 11 affected districts (Sindupalchok, Rasuwa, Gorkha, Dhading, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kavre, Nuwakot, Ramechhap and Dolakha).
Our relief efforts:
Medical Aid through our mobile medical clinics
Distribution of food (rice, lentils, salt, pulse, red kidney beans, biscuits, dalmot, packed noodles, packets of oral rehydration solution etc.)
Distribution of relief materials (tarpaulin tents, mats, blanket, soap etc.)
Latest pictures from the field:
Thanks to your support and donations, since the first earthquake struck Nepal on April 25th, we have been able to provide lifesaving relief aid to 84 villages, helping 17,369 people, including many children.
Our teams and implementing partners on the ground have continued to reach isolated villages to help vulnerable communities. We are bringing medical and relief aid to victims and survivors of the earthquakes and aftershocks.
Many of the villages we are helping are very remote. They are located in some of the worst affected districts and are very difficult to access. For this reason, our teams are often the first ones to reach them since the first quake. These villages have suffered extensive damage. Many families are sleeping outside in very poor conditions and are in urgent need of medical care and relief materials.
Please read below where and how we are helping to the victims of this tragedy.
Our relief efforts consist of :
Medical Aid (Free consultations, treatments and medicine)
Distribution of food (rice, lentils, salt, pulse, red kidney beans, biscuits, dalmot, packed noodles, packets of oral rehydration solution)
Distribution of materials (tarpaulin tents, mats, blanket, soap)
List of Villages/communities reached by:
KARUNA-SHECHEN MOBILE MEDICAL TEAMS
Karkite village (Kathmandu district)
Bageshwori (Bhaktapur district)
Jyamira village(Sindhupalchwk district)
Alapot village (Kathmandu district)
Gurju Dhara (Kathmandu)
Dad Phedi (Nuwakot district)
Magaltar (Kavre district)
Old Age Home in Swayumbhu (Kathmandu district)
Subedi Gau (Kathmandu district)
Vajra Yogini , Sanku (Kathmandu district)
Sudal (Bhaktapur district)
Kirtipur Kathmandu district)
KARUNA-SHECHEN RELIEF TEAM:
Karkite (Kathmandu district)
Kur Gauand Danda Kateri (Kavre district)
Kaichalpani (Gorkha district)
Roshi Bimkhori (Kavre district)
Sarki Gau (Kavre district)
Waltzing Tare village (Kavre district)
Chilaune, Kakri and Gauri Gua (Dhading)
SHECHEN MONASTERY TEAMS (implementing partner):
Dara Gaun (Rasuwa district)
Semjong (Dhading district)
Dara Gaun (Rasuwa district)
Kaichalpani Village (Gorkha)
Laharapauwa (Rasuwa district)
Lethal and Yarcha (Sindhupalchok district)
Parchange Gau (Rashuwa district)
Gau Kharka (NUwakhot district)
Bintang (Nuwakot district)
Matthelo Kattika (Nuwakot district)
Phulpingkot (Nuwakot district)
LOOKS Nepal (implementing partner)
Kur Gau and Danda Kateri (Shyampati, Kavre district)
Rossi Bimkhori (Kavre district)
Sarki Rau (Kavre)
Waltzing tare (Kavre distirct)
A major earthquake has struck eastern Nepal, near Mount Everest, two weeks after more than 8,000 died in a devastating quake.
– In partnership with local NGOs and grassroots organizations, Karuna-Shechen is bringing essential medical, food and shelter assistance to remote communities and villages affected by the earthquake.
– We are focusing our relief efforts on small isolated villages:
– Our mobile medical teams are deployed to two locations daily.
– We are in the process of delivering relief and food aid to 580 households/families in isolated villages in the Kavre, Dhading, and Kathmandu districts.
– Medical teams have been dispatched to Jharuwarasi in the Lalitpur district and Indrayani in the Kathmandu district.
– Food and relief aid is being distributed to families in Mahindrajyoti VDC (Kavre District).
– Karuna-Shechen, in partnership with LOOKS Nepal, a local NGO operating in the Kavre district, distributed relief materials to families living in temporary shelters in the village of Ugratara (Kavre district): rice, lentils, salt, soap, and rehydration sachets.
– Two of our medical teams worked in medical camps we established in Alapot and the nearby area of Suntari Gagalphadi. Both areas have suffered extensive damage from the earthquake.
– One of Karuna-Shechen’s medical teams is in Alapot village.
– Another Karuna-Shechen team is in Teku slums: though Teku slums has suffered minimal damage and casualty, many people there were actually in need of urgent medical help
– One of Karuna-Shechen’s medical teams has managed to reach villages in Dhading district to treat earthquake victims. In this district, 90% of the houses are severely damaged and villagers are living in makeshift shelters.
– Another of Karuna-Shechen’s medical teams managed to reach Gurung Gau in the Kathmandu valley to help victims in this area.
-The Shechen Monastery’s medical and earthquake relief team has reached Sumari in Nuwakot district. They treated 400 victims.
– The monks also distributed food (rice, lentils, flour, biscuits and packed noodles) to the villagers who had lost all their food supplies in the earthquake.
– A medical team reached the remote village of Chilaune in Dhading district. We are also treating people from the surrounding villages of Kakre and Karki Gau. Villagers in this area had not yet received any medical help.
– Houses in these villages have suffered extensive damage and the food supply is very low.
– Another medical team reached Bansngopal in Bhaktapur district.
– Two medical teams have been dispatched to Nikoshera village in Bhaktapur district. Devastation is massive in this area.
– Many villagers have been sleeping outside in temporary shelters.
– We have treated villagers for: earthquake-related injuries, deep cuts, diarrhea (because of a lack of access to clean water), tonsillitis, cough and cold due to cold nights spent outside, and severe mosquito bites (from sleeping outside without mosquito nets).
– Patients that required more advanced care were sent to appropriate medical facilities.
– Shechen Monastery dispatched a medical team consisting of 3 doctors and 10 monks, including the Advanced First Aiders trained by Karuna-Shechen, and an earthquake relief team to Nuwakot district, where many rural villages have seen no medical or relief help arrive
– All injured in the area around the Shechen Clinic have been attended to. Some of our doctors are now relieved from their emergency assignments in their localities. We are now trying to reach remote villages.
– We have organized a first medical clinic at Chilaune village in Kathmandu district. The houses in the village are badly damaged and the villagers suffered many injuries. We treated a total of 130 patients.
– Members of the Karuna-Shechen medical team treated victims in Sankhu
– A skeleton medical team manned the Shechen Clinic and Hospice in Baudha in rotation and managed triage.
– Our doctors and other medical staff are mobilized in their own residential localities to address emergency needs there. This is normal procedure and we were prepared for it. In a disaster, doctors and medical personnel, apart from those manning trauma centers in hospitals, are expected to be mobilized in their own localities, so as not to lose time in responding to medical emergencies, or unnecessarily complicated logistics.
Read more here: How we helped in the immediate aftermath of this tragedy.
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