22 June – Mercy Relief’s emergency transitional shelter programme in Nepal comes to a completion before the full-force of the monsoon hits the quake-stricken country. These transitional shelters will provide roofs over the heads of more than 2550 people whose homes were damaged or destroyed by two earthquakes which hit the country late April and mid-May.
The transitional shelter projects were made possible with the donations received from Rahmatan Lil ‘Alamin Foundation (RLAF), which launched a nationwide fundraising campaign via its network of mosques across Singapore. Nearly a quarter of a million dollars was raised, and entirely invested into the transitional shelter programme.
Please see Annex A for the Transitional Shelter Project brief.
The Singaporean NGO also undertook the construction of temporary structures to be used collectively as a school. Heavy quake damage closed Bageswori Secondary School in the Makwanpur District. 704 students, 308 of which are girls, faced the possibility of losing their only access to an education. Mercy Relief, working in partnership with the Rotary Club of Kathmandu West and engineering students from Tribhuvan University of Nepal’s Institute of Engineering, undertook the construction of eight transitional classrooms made of galvanized iron sheets, each measuring 3.6 metres by 6 metres. Four toilets were also constructed. Approved by the Department of Education of the Tistung Village Development Council (VDC), the structures are slated to last two years, which gives the survivors enough time to reconstruct permanent alternatives after the monsoon. Mercy Relief is currently engaged in discussions with potential partners for similar transitional school structures to be built in other parts of Nepal.
“Mercy Relief is privileged to have contributed to this project and we extend our gratitude to RLAF, all donors, ground partners, grassroots leaders and the survivors themselves for their exceptional work and support,” said, Michael Tay, Chairman of Mercy Relief.
“Aside from providing a secure roof for the quake survivors before the onset of the monsoon, the transitional shelter programme, especially the school structure, will restore a sense of normalcy and community togetherness giving people hope for the future.”
During the acute relief phase, Mercy Relief’s team engaged in community consultation to assess the immediate needs following the distribution of relief supplies, pointing to a pressing need for transitional shelters. With help from various Nepalese ground partners, Mercy Relief identified more than 500 families across several districts that were in dire need.
A transitional shelter strategy had been formulated, proposed to and subsequently approved by the local authorities, private and government landowners. The urgency of the impending monsoon gave rise to the waiver of permits for transitional shelters. Within weeks, Mercy Relief, its ground partners, volunteers and beneficiaries themselves successfully overcame numerous logistical challenges to erect the transitional shelters. The response from beneficiaries have been positive. They have built the shelters close to the foundations of destroyed properties, mostly from locally procured material. All their new transitional homes are warm and seismically safe. Mercy Relief’s next phase will focus on permanent shelter reconstruction after the monsoon passes.
Mercy Relief responded to the first Nepal earthquake 48 hours after it wreaked havoc on the country. Since then, the team has conducted over 27 relief distribution operations and eight medical missions in some of the remotest villages. These villages are found in the hardest hit areas including Kathmandu, Gorkha, Dhading, Makwanpur, Ramechhap, and the Kavrepalanchok and Sindhupalchok districts. In total they have reached out to 20,000 beneficiaries and the six person medical team treated 700 patients. Mercy Relief has received S$1.3m in donations since it launched its fundraising appeal for the Nepal earthquake.
Annex A: Mercy Relief Transitional Household Shelters Nepal Earthquake Relief 2015
Name of Site Ward 4, Ward 6, Tistung VDC, Makwanpur District Nature of Collaboration Transitional Shelters Number 160 Project Type GI Sheet dome with GI sheet walls Partner(s) Rotary Club KTM West
Name of Site Bageswori Secondary School, Tistung VDC, Makwanpur District Nature of Collaboration Transitional Classrooms and Toilets Number 8 classrooms; 4 toilets Project Type GI Sheets Partner(s) Rotary Club KTM West
Name of Site Phulping Dada Gaun VDC and Phulping Kot VDC, Sindupalchock District Nature of Collaboration Transitional Shelters Number 100 Project Type GI sheet dome with stone / brick walls (use Aashraya type) Partner(s) Lakasa-Nepal (Nepalese NGO)
Name of Site Thecho VDC, Tokha Municipality, Bhaktapur Municipality, Kathmandu Valley Nature of Collaboration Transitional Shelters Number 160 Project Type GI sheet roof with plywood / mad wall Partner(s) Lumanti (Nepalese NGO)
Name of Site Ward 6, Shankarapur VDC, Kathmandu District Dadgaun, Balwupati, Kavre District Nature of Collaboration Transitional Shelters Number 50 Project Type GI sheet dome with stone / brick walls (Aashraya type) Partner(s) Association of Students of Architecture (ASA) & Heartbeat
Name of Site Ward 2 and 7, Gairibisauna, Deupur VDC, Kavre District Nature of Collaboration Transitional Shelters Number 40 Project Type GI sheet roof with plywood / mad wall by beneficiaries Partner(s) CDRA
Modes of Donation
Cross cheque to Mercy Relief Limited with ‘Nepal Earthquake Relief 2015’ written on the reverse, and mail to Blk 160, Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, #01-1568, S310160
Cash donations at Blk 160, Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, #01-1568, S310160
Funds transfer to Mercy Relief’s DBS Current Account 054-900741-2 (Bank code: 7171, Branch code: 054)
Credit Card donation via http://mercyrelief.org/donate/?page_id=180 5. Tele-Mercy 1900 112 1010 ($10 donation) 1900 112 1050 ($50 donation)
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