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Landslides and floods have made thousands of families homeless. Mission East helps the most vulnerable. Photo: Parmila Singh, NNDSWO
Landslides and floods in Nepal have made thousands of families homeless. Massive bodies of water have washed away food and kitchen utensils. Through a local partner, Mission East now provides families with shelter materials, kitchen utensils and access to clean water. August 25th 2017  While Nepal is still struggling to recover from two powerful earthquakes in 2015, the country is yet again affected by a severe natural disaster. Over 80,000 families have lost their homes in floods and landslides after heavy rainfall hit the country on August 11th. According to the authorities, 143 people have...
Mission East is training local communities in how to handle disasters. In this photograph, local villagers are trained in search and rescue work. Photo: Bibek Karki
Mission East saves lives in Nepal – now and many years ahead – by training the population to reduce the risk of disasters. Lizz Harrison, an expert in disaster risk reduction, and explains how. By Kim Wiesener, Communications Officer, July 3 2017 When a disaster strikes, it may destroy people’s lives, homes and livelihood. It may also cause a lot of damage to a country’s economy. If the country is poor, it is much more difficult to respond to the disaster, and its development may come to a standstill. That is why it is important to help developing countries prepare for natural hazards like...
Patrick Sweeting (left) with Gobindra from Mission East’s local partner organisation, KIRDARC, on a road in Mugu District that is being built with manual labour. It will take years before it is completed. Photo: Mission East
The Mission East Country Director for Nepal realises that it can be expensive to work in the most remote parts of the country. But it is also necessary, he says, given that Mission East aims to reach the most vulnerable. By Kim Wiesener, Communications Officer When Patrick Sweeting began to visit Nepal’s remote Karnali Region to inspect Mission East projects, he quickly understood that you must go the extra mile to find the most vulnerable people. “When you go to remote areas, you can never actually stop going far enough. You go to a village and think that this must be the most unreached...
In the village of Chhepi the residents rely on irrigation to cultivate the land.
A project on ”climate-smart” agriculture has created optimism in a village in Western Nepal. With solar-powered water pumps the local farmers can irrigate and cultivate their fields. In December, Mission East’s local partner organisation received an award for the project. By Kim Wiesener, Communications Officer Only a few years ago, the fields on the mountain slopes around the village Chhepi were desolate and barren. Now the local farmers grow a variety of crops: barley, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, pumpkins and watermelons. After decades of involuntary pause due to drought and a lack of...
Sapna and Bhawani in front of scattered house
15-year old Sapna lost four cousins in the earthquake and the family’s house was completely destroyed. The family now lives in a tent in the schoolyard with no source of income. In Sindhupalchowk District where Mission East and Medair are distributing shelter and hygiene items, 90 percent of the population lost their houses, which are either completely collapsed or so damaged that they are no longer safe to live in. One of the families whose house was completely destroyed in the Earthquake was a Dalit family, Mission East staff met during distributions. The Dalit people are among the most...
12.000 Nepalese received help. Photo: Guido Dingeman
Nepal’s population stay in open air during night fearing new shocks after another severe earthquake hit Nepal Tuesday. Mission East provides shelter and clean drinking water. ”The population is terrified by earthquake that struck Nepal on the morning of May 12. People were running into to the streets and open areas where they remained for hours. Many of them stay overnight in parks and streets or anywhere they can find a place. They are afraid of other and bigger earthquakes,” tells Peter Drummond Smith, who coordinates Mission East’s relief work in earthquake-stricken Nepal. The country had...
Mission East will protect 30,000 victims of earthquake from diseases
Mission East distributes tarpaulins and hygiene kits to about 7,000 families close to the earthquake’s epicenter in Nepal. Volunteers help the most vulnerable putting up tents, and staff advises on hygiene issues. A month from now massive rain will wash down on the millions people affected by the earthquake in Nepal. The relief and development organisation Mission East is at the moment working tirelessly on providing shelter and clean water for the most vulnerable groups in outlying mountain villages. Truck after truck are being sent to nine villages in the Sindhupalchowk District northeast...
Widows must not be forgotten in relief aid
Mission East works on helping the most vulnerable groups in society. Ujjali aged 84 is one of them. Mission East distributes relief aid in nine villages northeast of Kathmandu and makes sure that the most vulnerable groups in society – e.g. elderly and people with disabilities – get tarpaulins and hygiene kits to withstand cold weather, rain and infectious diseases. “In emergencies like this, the most vulnerable groups such as the elderly, people with disabilities, minorities and Dalit people are often overlooked in the relief work, although they have the greatest needs,” Bandana Shrestha,...

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