ADRA distributes tarps in hard to reach villages in Nepal
KATHMANDU, NEPAL—ADRA Nepal staff are working around the clock to deliver much-needed tarps and food to families in remote villages in Dhading and Kavre.
Tough road conditions, including rubble from houses destroyed by the earthquake is making distributions more difficult. ADRA workers are driving up to five hours and walking long distances in the mountainous regions of Nepal with tarps and materials to be distributed to communities.
“We are going to great lengths to ensure that even those who are hard to reach receive the urgent assistance that they need as soon as possible,” says Robert Patton, ADRA Emergency Response Coordinator.
Over the last week, ADRA has distributed 1,278 tarps in Dhading district, 900 tarps in Kavre, 50 tarps in Kathmandu, and 64 tents in Lalitpur. There are plans to begin food distributions in addition to continuing shelter distributions later this week.
Families in remote villages are relieved to see they have not been forgotten.
“There is no food, no water, no gas,” said 42-year-old Sushila, mother of four before ADRA distributed tarps in her village. “We are using firewood to cook. The tarpaulin that houses the entire village has holes, so the rain comes through. There are 45-50 people sleeping under the tarp every night.”
Sushila was at the village temple when the earthquake struck. She, her husband and children survived, but her cattle, which were tied to the home, died under a collapsing wall.
“Right now what we need most is a place to stay and something to eat.”
ADRA distributed tarps in her village today.
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is the humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its work empowers communities and changes lives around the globe by providing sustainable community development and disaster relief. For more information, visit ADRA.org.