A space to spend nights together as a familyThe AAR Japan emergency response team’s activities continue in the village of Tasarpu, in the mountainous Dhading District. From May 9th to 21st, the team has been distributing food rations and household utensils to the 1,299 family units in the village. The food rations include rice, dahl beans, salt, cooking oil, masala, and turmeric. The household utensils include tent materials (a 3.6x5.5m tarpaulin, 30m of rope to build the tent with, floor mats, mosquito net, blankets, feminine sanitary napkins, and buckets.
After distribution of the relief items was complete, the team revisited each ward of Tasarpu Village and saw that inhabitants of the area are making full use of the tent materials, and families now have a place where they can spend the nights together. Directly following the disaster, Suun Maya Tamang, a resident of Tasarpu village’s 4th ward, was able to procure no more than a small vinyl sheet she found, so she and her family had to sleep in various different refugee tents. With only 5kg of government supplied rice and no other aid in sight, Suun says she was at her wit’s end. With the materials she received from AAR Japan, her family of 10 can now live out of one tent. “Up in the mountains the days are hot and the nights grow very cold, so I am very thankful for the support we received from AAR Japan. The blankets are especially important for us”, she said.
|Suun and her daughter, standing before the tent they built with the relief items from AAR Japan. (Tasarpu Village, Dhading District, May 27th, 2015)|
|A tent built of materials from AAR Japan. Villagers were delighted to finally being able to live together with their families. (Tasarpu Village, Dhading District, May 27th, 2015)|
Celebrating a grandchild’s healthy growth in the midst of disaster
|AAR Japan’s Chiaki FURUKAWA (right) listens to stories of 7th ward residents (Tasarpu Village, Dhading District, May 27th, 2015)|
|Mr. Jit tearfully remembers the events of the earthquake (7th Ward, Tasarpu Village, Dhading District, May 27th, 2015)|
|Mr. Jit’s 6 month-old grandchild Jinrin (pictured in the center) and his family (7th Ward, Tasarpu Village, Dhading District, May 27th, 2015）|
|Thanks to the relief efforts of AAR Japan, the family was able to make the rice dish for Jinrin’s celebration for reaching 6 months-old. (7th Ward, Tasarpu Village, Dhading District, May 27th, 2015)|