In the days and weeks after the earthquake, PHASE Nepal, PHASE WorldWide and PHASE Austria launched an earthquake appeal to collect financial support for relief-aid for the affected communities (PHASE Nepal has been conducting health, education and livelihood programmes for several years in Gorkha and Sindhupalchowk, 2 districts badly hit by the earthquakes). Many people responded to the appeal and more than $ 250,000 was collected from private donations, Global Giving and through PHASE WorldWide and PHASE Austria. We would like to thank everybody who has supported Nepal in these difficult times.
As PHASE Nepal managed to get financial support through international humanitarian organizations like Diakonie, Caritas Austria, Caritas Germany and People in Need for relief-operations, the extra money collected could be used for emergencies like evacuations by helicopter for staff or injured locals. In the weeks after the earthquake, health posts were set up in temporary shelters, made from CGI-sheets (corrugated galvanized iron) and staff, who went back to work in the communities, were living in shelters as well. PHASE Nepal was able to rebuild and set up badly needed health services fast in the affected areas with support from the earthquake appeal. It was a great help to have extra cash to help those in dire need, especially the most vulnerable members of communities like elderly or single women who had lost everything. PHASE Nepal helped by building shelters (read how a shelter was built for Gita in Fulpingkot) and supporting the communities where needed, for example, but providing extra food and clothes for new mothers in the immediate weeks after the earthquake, or kit bags with emergency supplies for female community health volunteers.
Now, more than 10 months have passed and the programmes of PHASE Nepal are returning back to “normal”. In Gorkha and Sindhupalchowk, health services are still taking place in tents or temporary health posts and our staff are still living in temporary shelters. Education programmes have started but often with an extra component: quality education in temporary learning centres – TLC’s. The relief-phase is over and PHASE Nepal is looking at recovery and rehabilitation projects now. International humanitarian donors have stepped up to finance a WASH-project in Sindhupalchowk (Diakonie), winter preparedness in Tauthali (Caritas Austria and Caritas Germany), building of TLC’s (UNHCR) and permanent schools and health posts (UNHCR staff council, HDFA, NERA and Chay Ya). These and other programmes have been conducted to help the communities through winter and to assist with long term recovery.
With the remainder of the resources from the earthquake appeal-fund, PHASE Nepal has already started the rebuilding of Jal Devi Secondary School in Hagam (partly funded by UNHCR staff council, Global Giving and earthquake appeal-fund). We are also continuing to use the emergency appeal funds for immediately necessary work to support earthquake affected communities, such as temporary buildings for outreach centres, small scale support to schools, and filling gaps in the larger donor projects. Again, we would like to thank all of you who have contributed to the fund and for your ongoing support to PHASE Nepal!