Onderstaand het verhaal van Samjhana en de hulp die we boden in het zuidelijke district Chitwan.
Support to the flooded victims in Chitwan district,
By Samjhana Bishankhe,
Me and my friend Asthma we went to Chitwan together to give a small support to the big damage of the worst monsoon floods in many years. Like in most Southern districts also in Chitwan the floods mostly effected the households and farming fields and their cattle.
In the area of Chitwan where we went, more than 35 houses where totally taken by the floods, 35 people died and most of the crops are destroyed. In this time they mostly planted rice and we could see that big parts of the fields where totally gone.
Our priority was to give support to two small schools where mostly people where studying from lower casts. Because of the floods the school lost most of their educational materials and papers and pens then where still present where not possible to use anymore as they were too much damaged. We decided to We made a packet with writing paper, pencils and a sharpener and a eraser. The all we packet in a plastic clear bag for storage and protection. We packet 400 sets and divided them over the two school.
First we went to the “Adharbhut School” that was located near to a Kamaya refugee camp and a water channel. When we arrived at the school we could see in the surroundings how much damage the floods had brought to the farming fields and nearby houses. Most of it was destroyed and a layer of mud covered most of the ground. Trees where taken by the water and this created more damage to especially the houses.
At the school we met the teachers and students and outside we made an area to handover the school materials. We looked around at the school and found most books and papers that where left being destroyed by the water. The teachers welcomed us with khada (Buddhist scarf). I gave got time to give a speech and asked about at the time the floods where taking place. Te explained that now the water was gone but for many days the water was 2 meters high and they had to stay on the rooftops of their houses to safe their lives.
We handed over 150 educational packages to all children of the school. The students where very happy to get our support and thanked us so many times. They mentioned that many NGO’s disappeared after the water went and they were happy that we understood that especially at that time we wanted to support them with essential school materials. They told no other NGO came to give support to them. I felt happy that at least we could do something for them but sad that my country or other NGO’s that have much bigger budgets couldn’t help them.