CIL on the move: Relief and Recovery: 2 months Impact
Nepal have all been devastated by the 7.9 Richter Scale earthquakes which have hit several parts of Nepal on 25th of April 2015 including the densely populated capital of Kathmandu and most affected districts are Sindhupalchok, Gorkha, Nuwakot, Dhading and other remote regions which lacking the basic infrastructures and relief to face such a monumental disaster. This is the worst natural disaster we have had in nearly a century.
According to the latest statistics the death toll has reached 8,943 people and counting as reports of those who have been severely injured and even trapped in. According to latest update 22,059 people injured. Along with the innumerable loss of lives, people have now lost their homes, their communities and their livelihoods. Among them more than 46 people with a disability died by an earthquake in remote area and are still unknown. It is said that more than 12,000 persons with disabilities are affected by an earthquake and 2,000 people with disabilities are injured among them 600 people having spinal cord injury. After demise of disabled parents the situation of their children is very terrifying. Some losses are identified some are yet unknown. Devastating earthquake has created massive and terrifying loss of human beings, properties and animals.
Our country and our people need all the help that they can get to even survive the aftermath of this disaster. Persons with Disabilities are the first who become the victims from Earthquake. Due to the lack of sufficient infrastructure, security and relief, Personal Assistant Services, Wheelchairs innumerable lives are still at stake and we can make a difference. Many places are waiting for rescue and condition of victim is worse than that we expect. Like other, persons with disabilities along with their family are also taking shelter outdoor fixing tents in open space. But because of limited tents the situation is worse in nights and in rains. Nepal is a country where we can’t find a single public accessible toilet, accessible transportation and infrastructure where persons using wheelchairs can enter and use. Food in market is very expensive because all have fear of crisis and making stock for themselves and relief fund from government is not reaching in all areas being enough.
Similarly, many people are injured by earthquake and many people has been facing disability. We came to know houses of many people with disability have broken; are under rubble, some are living outside being panic for immediate rescue, and some became homeless. Some are feeling fear to enter home because their homes are cracked and still small shakes are e-occurring.
Independent Living Center for PWDs Kathmandu (CIL) has kept on working tirelessly for the last two months to reach out to persons with disabilities their families and children affected by the disastrous earthquake of 25 April 2015 followed by another huge quake of 12 May 2015.
Temporary Shelter for Persons with Disabilities at Jaulakhel
CIL-Kathmandu has identified some earthquake victims and has already stepped to rescue them. Immediately, CIL has set up tents at Jaulakhel foot ball play ground, in front of National Zoo. CIL has rescued 80 persons with disabilities their family members and children at tent from several places of Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Sindhupalchowk, Dhading, Newakot and Lamtang. Most of them were Wheelchair users by Polio, Spinal Cord Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Amputee, blind, mental illness.
Nepal Red Cross Society has fixed the tent, Mission East Nepal, Engage, Mainstream Association Japan, FNCCI and other individual supports from Nepal and International Communities have enabled CIL to provide foods, blankets, beds, urine catheter, medicine and other essentials to fulfill immediate needs of victims. Victim suffered for few days because of not having mobile commode toilet. They used toilet of Zoo though it was not accessible for wheelchair users. Although CIL-Kathmandu has been facing up and downs in absence of strong financial background but it stepped. CIL has managed mobile Comot Toilet with the support from Mainstream Association and Milestone Pakistan.
CIL has moved to new Shelter at Chyasal, Lalitpur
CIL-Kathmandu has tried to find out the rooms for earthquake victims who were staying at Jaulakhel. About 35 persons with disabilities have been moved to the rental room in the support of CIL. Remain 45 persons with disabilities have been moved to new shelter at Chyasal, Lalitpur. This is the new place where Nepal Red Cross Society has set up 10 tents with toilets, bathrooms and kitchen. Persons with Disabilities who totally lost their homes and difficult to find the room will move to this new shelter. CIL with the support of national and international community's is supporting daily food, water, volunteers etc.
Distributed Wheelchairs and Relief Materials
CIL Kathmandu has distributed 72 standard wheelchairs to the earthquake victims. These wheelchairs were made in Pakistan and Nepal supported by JIL and Nepal Government. CIL has also distributed foods, Tripals, blankets, beds, urine catheter, medicine and other essentials to fulfill immediate needs of victims in earthquake affected areas. Relief materials were distributed for more than 100 persons with disabilities. CIL has also provide Rs 1500 for 100 persons to full fill their immediate needs.
Relief with Dignity
CIL has distributed family packs containing food supply- rice, lentils, oil, sugar, noodles, beaten rice, soaps, water purifier tablets, sanitation catheters, Urine bags and other amneties for 200 families of persons with disabilities.
Peer Counseling and Psycho-social Support
1. CIL has provided peer counseling to 32 persons with disabilities in temporary shelter camps, to respond to the psycho-social needs.
2. CIL has mobilized 9 personal attendants and counselors on daily living support and Psycho-social First Aid.
CIL with the support of Four Season Tour and Travels made one day tour to Godawori. Persons with disabilities staying at shelter has taken to the picnic sport. Similarly, Jaulakhel National Zoo support us to visit zoo for earthquake victims. And Mandala Theater support us to go theather as a recreational activities.
CIL has been making regular advocacy to the Nepal Government, national and international organizations to address the issues of persons with disabilities. CIL has urged them to support person with disabilities affected by earthquake. CIL has made several meetings with Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, National Planning Commission, Ministry of Finance, JICA Nepal, Embassy of Japan, Red Cross Society etc. CIL has also developed appeal letter and submitted to Nepal Government, INGOs, UN Agencies, Banks and Private Companies requesting for moral, technical and financial support.
Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Dhading, Nuwakot and Sindhupalchowk districts.
CIL’s outreach to the persons with disabilities was made possible by the generous support and solidarity by its national and international partners like:
1. Nepal Red Cross Society
2. Mainstream Association Japan
3. Japan Council on Independent Living JIL
4. STIL, Sweden
5. Mission East Nepal
6. Susan Henderson from America
7. Port light Strategies
8. Jacky Chan from Hongkong
9. Milestone Pakistan
10. New Vitality Taiwan
12. Korea Association Nepal
For further details;
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Independent Living Center for Persons with Disabilities
Mr. Krishna Gautam (email@example.com)
Jwagal-10, Kupondol, Lalitpur, Nepal
Tel. 01-5011087, 01-5526855
Home Page: http://www.cil.org.np