The Adara family across the world was shocked and devastated to learn of the earthquake which struck Nepal on Saturday 25 April and the second earthquake which hit on Tuesday 12 May. We grieve for the loss of life, homes, culture and heritage caused by this disaster.
Adara has worked in Nepal for the past 17 years, both in Kathmandu and in the remote district of Humla (which thankfully was not affected by the earthquakes). Adara has 26 Nepali staff and funds the salaries of 21 other Nepali people through our project partners. Through our health and education projects, we reach tens of thousands of Nepalis each year.
HOW TO DONATE
Adara has set preliminary short, medium, and long-term goals to address challenges created by the earthquakes. We are working within our areas of expertise, and utilising skills and supply chains established over 17 years of service delivery. We are seeking financial support to help us reach as many people as possible.
Thanks to the innovative Adara model 100% of all donations received will be directed to the relief effort, with the Adara business covering all administration costs.
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ADARA EARTHQUAKE RELIEF APPEAL – HOW THE FUNDS WILL BE USED
Our plan is still being finalised, and will evolve as more information becomes available. However, Adara have made some preliminary short, medium, and long-term plans, working within our areas of expertise.
IMMEDIATE ACTION – MOBILE MEDICAL CAMPS
With more than 900 health facilities (predominantly village health posts) totally or partially destroyed by the earthquake, millions of Nepalis were left without access to any healthcare at a time when they needed it most.
Adara responded fast. Just two days after the first quake, the local Adara team launched a mobile medical camp to help reach people in affected areas. Having conducted similar mobile medical camps in the remote region of Humla Nepal for many years, Adara’s Nepali team already had the resources, supply chains, and the know-how to launch a similar programme in Kathmandu and surrounding villages.
The team is being led by Menuka Rai, Adara’s Medical and Health Coordinator, and includes two doctors from our Humla medical camps, and a clinical team from our local partner organisation, the Himalayan Medical Foundation.
The team hired two jeeps, travelling to different districts to help people with sanitation materials and emergency medical assistance.
Initially, the greatest need was emergency first aid. The needs are now moving into support for sanitation, waste disposal, drainage, and health education. With monsoon season due at the beginning of June, the risk of disease outbreak is high.
Another major need emerging is psychosocial support, with many people being treated at our medical camps displaying signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In some places, whole villages have collapsed, and many people have lost their families or their homes which has been incredibly traumatic. Adara has recruited a counsellor to work with the mobile medical team to provide assistance with psycho-social issues.
As of Friday 15 May, Adara had conducted 11 mobile medical camps in a number of different villages, treating 1,421 people.
IMMEDIATE ACTION – PROTECTING CHILDREN AT RISK
For the past 11 years, Adara has worked with children at risk in Nepal through our project with formerly trafficked children. Over this time, we have developed extensive knowledge of the care and protection of vulnerable children. In the aftermath of the earthquake, Adara is collaborating with the Nepal government’s Central Children’s Welfare Board (CCWB) to do what we can to help children who have lost their family, or been displaced or trafficked.
Adara has assisted the CCWB to provide psychosocial support and medical treatment to 64 children who had been trafficked from the villages of Dhading and Rukum to Kathmandu following the earthquake. CCWB is caring for these children until they can be repatriated to their families. Our social workers and medical teams, bringing a decade’s worth of experience in working with children at risk, provided these vulnerable children with the support and care they needed.
We will continue to work in partnership with the CCWB and utilise our social workers and mobile medical team to help intervene to protect Nepal’s children, especially from unscrupulous traffickers taking advantage of the chaos that the earthquakes have left.
MEDIUM TERM TRANSITION – PROVIDING EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER
Since the earthquake, at least 2.8 million people have been displaced, either because their houses have been destroyed or they fear that they may not be safe in the event of an aftershock. Many are living in precarious conditions, including makeshift camps in Kathmandu and surrounding villages. This is very concerning with monsoon season on the way.
After consultation, and a request from the government, Adara have decided to launch a programme to provide food and shelter to a district which is four hours north of Kathmandu called Ghangfedi. It is home to 721 householders in nine villages who are from minority groups in Nepal. It is a very low socio-economic area with a literacy rate of just 11%. One hundred percent of Ghangfedi’s buildings were destroyed (all their homes, nine schools and their one health post). Most of their animals are dead and crops destroyed. 81 people have died throughout the district. The people of Ghangfedi have a huge need and they have received very little help because they are so far from Kathmandu.
Adara will provide every householder in Ghangfedi with sheets of tin for roofs. Tin will be much more robust than tarps, which we predict will be totally inadequate during monsoon season. Tin can also be re-used when people begin to re-build their homes, as good quality tin can remain viable for more than 50 years. We will also supply basic food items to each householder to avoid starvation, as these people have nothing left. Our medical team will also visit the district with the Adara counsellor joining as part of the team to provide psychosocial support and supply medicines that are needed. The Adara team on the ground will act as the liaison point between this district and the government.
While there is a lot being done, we have much more to do in the long-term. We want to ensure that our efforts are the most impactful they can be for the Nepali people. As such, our long-term goals have to be strategically planned and measured. The Adara Global Leadership Team will meet in July 2015 to establish the re-building plans for the next 12 months. Once these have been established we will share them with all our supporters.
For more information about our work in Nepal, please visit: http://www.adaragroup.org/foundation-projects/nepal/