Because of the Emergency Help 100.000 people received help through 300 committed volunteers. we received € 560.000 and spend € 520.000 through our partners Karuna Nepal and SVSI. In a short time a lot can happen and the world can change permanently.
During this period people worked with a lot of passion, heart and soul to reach out to as many people as possible. This creates a strong sentiment for all participants.
Which powers strengthened this emergency aid?:
- A quick and intensive communication with our partners and donators resulting in prompt (inter)action. For example; after day 1 we were able to offer money for direct medical aid. This kept us ahead of other organizations. In this way lives of many people were saved or people were given shelter and food.
- Serving out the first shelters. These are quit a success and many organizations adopted this idea and serve out shelters in other regions. The result of this success is a shortage of corrugated iron.
- Working with Nepalese volunteers. During my visit I found out that a lot of organizations rented man craft from other countries for the emergency help. However, like in many other countries, people want to help their fellow citizens during this catastrophic times. In our country the flood of 1953 or more recently the crash of the MH17 activated the Dutch people to help the victims and family members who stayed behind. Despite the tragedy what lies beneath, it results in solidarity and unites people. Voluntary work is a kind of mourning too: People are able to do something. About 2 million of the 27 million Nepalese are affected by the earthquake, not everyone is a victim and the non-affected people like to offer help to those who are affected badly!
- Regional procurement of the served out goods. This advanced the local economy.
- The cooperation with other organizations, In the Netherlands but also in Nepal.
What where the challenges?:
- The coordination between all different organizations and people in order to streamline all activities.
even if you think all things are under control (like the emergency hospital in Sindhupalchok), you can be surprised (with the arrival of the Red Cross, who’s aim was similar)
- Transparent communication. A mistake or miscommunication is easily made. Check-Check-Recheck is a recurring activity. Despite all checks some things went wrong; for example the meeting with the donor of 70 Waka Waka rechargeable lamps: In our opinion 40 items could be handed out to parties of our own choice and the other to local organization which were directly involved with the donor. In the donor’s opinion it was the other way around. These are not life-threatening misunderstandings, but they were annoying.
- The pressure because of the quickly preformed operation. In my opinion it may heave lead to some inefficient situations . The moral considerations where sometimes hard and sometimes almost impossible to make. Take for example the spontaneous and direct help to a family with a mentally disabled daughter who was raped. This help was badly needed by the family, but resulted for the shelter construction in Bhaktapur to a nonworking day. Other families with a handicapped child have to wait longer. This kind of moral considerations are and continue hard to make, but result objectively to a less inefficient output.
For a complete report you can download the following document (in Dutch):