After arriving in Nepal, I, along with my sister, cousin, and parents, headed towards the village, which is 15 miles from the main city of Bhaktapur. Our first destination was Kammar Gaun, where we spent the majority of our day talking to people, and visiting a few shelters.
We came to find out that the people of Kammar Gaun had not received any relief from any organizations so far. The majority of their houses were destroyed by the earthquake. The houses that stood were uninhabitable. They were living in temporary shelters, which they had made out of whatever was available. A few used the stainless steel roof out of their destroyed houses to build their temporary shelters.
We had heard about this place from our mum, who is a social worker and has been working for the last 15 years to bring clean drinking water, irrigation and women entrepreneurship projects to many villages at the outskirts of the cities. We could see that the local people were very frustrated and disappointed since they had received very little help from the government and big nonprofit organizations. In desperation, and despite the danger, many people made the tough decision to go into their damaged, half-standing houses to grab much-needed food and supplies.
My family and I distributed 5,000 Nepalese rupees ($50) to 30 families in financial need. There were a few exceptionally needy families that did not have good sources of income other than a small piece of farmland that hardly fed them.
One such family was that of Mr. Raj, whose legs had stopped working in the past seven months due to a problem with his motor neurons. He was able to see a doctor with funds raised by his neighbors. The doctor had given him a few medications and suggested therapy exercises but told him there was no cure. Before the earthquake he was able to feed his family of three, including a wife and a son at school, by working at a store. Since the earthquake destroyed his house the family now lives in a goat shed, struggling to feed themselves. We gave Rs. 5,000 to his family for the time being, and hope to contribute more, depending upon the amount left after contributing to others.
Rs. 5,000 ($50) seemed a good amount of money to the locals to get them some basic staple foods, some clothing, and medicines. After Kammar Gaun, we went to two other villages and helped about 16 families in desperate financial need.