PIN provided humanitarian aid to the most afflicted people immediately after the 2015 earthquake. Our team of experienced aid workers arrived in Nepal less than 48 hours after the catastrophe hit and immediately began relief operations using PIN emergency funds. Within weeks, PIN collected more than €1 million of additional funds from Czech public donations. This was used to purchase and distribute essential non-food items, especially construction materials for temporary shelters. Apart from earthquake relief, PIN, together with Alliance 2015 partners Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide, provided humanitarian assistance when massive flooding hit Terai in 2017.
Terai Flood Response
Within a week of the disaster, PIN worked with members of Alliance 2015, Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe to distribute immediate relief to 11,600 households across three districts: Rautahat, Saptari, and Mahottari. These areas represent some of the hardest hit by the flooding and have historically low human development indicators and high levels of malnutrition. In the immediate days after the emergency, food and sanitation were the most critical needs, so the Alliance distributed 15 days’ worth of food and basic emergency household and hygiene items such as mosquito nets, water purification materials, hygiene, and menstrual hygiene management material.
Temporary shelter and winterization
As winter loomed, the most pressing humanitarian concern was how families living at high altitudes would survive. Many families lost all their possessions, leaving them without warm clothes and supplies like bedding to withstand cold winter temperatures. PIN’s main priority in Nepal became helping people prepare for extreme winter conditions. PIN established Site Management and Safety Committees and based upon consultations with communities, introduced knitting training for women in five camp sites. These trainings helped women learn and improve knitting techniques, which they then could use to produce better and more diversified products and potentially expand their livelihoods.
These committees facilitate a variety of site operations and activities. PIN equips the sites with basic fire safety measures, provides hygiene kits, and coordinates provisions of basic services with other agencies present on sites. PIN also provided non-food items to camp populations to help them prepare for the previous winter.
After consultations with camp communities, PIN introduced knitting training for women in five campsites in Kerauja and Laprak. These training help women learn and improve knitting techniques, which they then can use to produce better and more diversified products and potentially expand their livelihoods. PIN is also providing livelihood assistance through agricultural and veterinary training in Kerauja, Laprak and Barpak camps.
PIN supports the reconstruction of community infrastructure too. We have implemented a cash-for-work program in camp sites in Kerauja that employs local people to repair vital trails blocked and damaged by the earthquake. This serves a dual purpose, not only fixing damaged infrastructure but also recovering livelihoods and accelerating the local economy. As a part of camp operations, PIN is also assisting local users groups to bring electricity to a camp site in Laprak and provide temporary community centers to camp sites in Laprak and Barpak.