by Bruce Petch, president of WNC posted by Judy Gray
It has been one month since the first earthquake hit Nepal, and the date for donations that will be matched by the Canadian government has now passed. We at World Neighbours Canada are thrilled with the response from donors and very happy to be able to send $45 500 to TSS, our partner organization in Ramechhap. The $45 000 will be matched by the Canadian government and through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFATD) that same amount will be sent to Nepal to be used for needed Earthquake Relief efforts.
When Suresh Shreshta (coordinator of TSS) asked for help, at WNC’s request he submitted a proposal for $25 000 to help with the purchase of tarpaulins and rice. Here is part of his proposal: “The basic relief support required for the victims are mainly the tarpaulin sheet for shelter and rice for eating. On the basis of above criteria, TSS will provide its relief support in two ways – (1) the tarpaulin to those families who still greatly need it and (2) a set of food stuff (rice 30 kg pack) per family. Such kind of support will not be enough for the victims. However, we can share our helping hands. TSS will directly distribute the relief support to the selected victim families.” “With $25,000, 100 tarps can be purchased and 1500 X 30 kg. bags of rice.”
The $25 000 that Suresh requested has already been sent; and we are very happy that we’ll be able to send an additional $20 000 shortly. To read more of Suresh’ analysis of the situation in Ramechhap, check the WNC website in the coming days.
We are all looking forward to Suresh’ visit this coming September, as part of his award from BCCIC (see May 20, 2015 post). During his visit, I’m sure we will hear more about the progress of the reparation work
ONCE AGAIN, MANY MANY THANKS TO ALL OUR DONORS FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT!