Disaster Relief Program

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Too often, Nepal suffers from the horrific onset of natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, landslides, crop-destroying hail, and so forth. Too often the very first victims are those most vulnerable─those already destitute.

This situation is not expected to change in the near future, as Kathmandu has been listed “among 26 cities in South Asia at high risk of disaster”[1] by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific[2].

As a result of the powerful earthquakes of 2015, nearly 9,000 people lost their lives, over 22,000 people were injured, and 824,000 houses were damaged or completely destroyed, leaving hundreds of thousands of Nepalese homeless and their families devastated.

In the aftermath of the quakes, Shenpen provided aid to more than 100 villages, including villages in the most remote areas. Over 20,000 people were benefitted. From 26th April through December 2015, Shenpen spent more than $220,000 on an abundance of relief materials, including tarpaulins, tin sheets, food, medicine, clothing, school supplies, and so forth which it helped distribute where most needed.

 

 

Two years after the tragedy, the National Reconstruction Authority estimated that no more than 5% of the damaged or destroyed houses have been reconstructed.

However, without any help from the government, Shenpen succeeded in sponsoring and monitoring the construction of 55 houses within a span of just sixteen months which means an entire house was completed every week.

 

Shenpen is steadfastly grounded in the values of accountability, transparency, and ethics. Relying upon the strength of its direct grassroots involvement and experience, Shenpen intends to keep helping the poorest and most disadvantaged in Nepal, especially when natural catastrophes strike the country.

Being based in Nepal and working in close partnership with trustworthy local communities and organizations makes Shenpen a valuable organization and a worthy recipient for our benefactors’ contributions.

 

 

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[1] Samiti, Rastriya Samachar. (2017). “Kathmandu among 26 cities in South Asia at high risk of disaster”, in Kathmandu Post, 2 November 2017. Consulted online on 2 November 2017:  http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-11-02/kathmandu-among-26-cities-in-south-asia-at-high-risk-of-disaster.html

[2] Akhtar, Shamshad. (2017). Leave No One Behind: Disaster Resilience for Sustainable Development. Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2017. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). United Nations Publication: Bangkok. Consulted online on November 24, 2017: https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/Asia-Pacific%20Disaster%20Report%202017%20%28Full%29.pdf.