The monsoon season has knocked at our door. Even before the onset of the monsoon, the country has witnessed devastating landslides that killed many people, sweeping off villages and destroying houses. We are informed that some landslide-hit communities are suffering from food shortages and hunger.
We want to serve the disaster victims with adequate, healthy and nutritious foods through community kitchens. We would like to request all of you to donate directly either food or fund to purchase food and transport the foods to the disaster-hit communities. If any young people want to volunteer to cook food and serve the victims, then you can email us at email@example.com.
We fed 366 earthquake victims @1 month
After the 25th April earthquake, young people associated with TNW and GYFAL held an urgent meeting to launch immediate relief operation in rural and remote areas, where the government and nongovernmental agencies’ help had not yet arrived.
Local friends of TNW provided us information about the communities where the people were suffering from hunger for four days and who at the moment had nothing to eat. The name of the VDC was Mulpani VDC of Dhading district. In particular, three communities of the VDC were completely destroyed killing 19 people and severely injuring 25 people. All the 81 houses in the communities were completely destroyed forcing people to spend days and nights on open ground without shelter.
We then launched the “Community Kitchen” program to feed the earthquake victims with food and bring the level of hunger in these communities down to zero.
We raised donations and collected food from our friends and well-wishers. We mobilized young volunteers to cook the food for the victims in the community kitchen in coordination with the victims and serve healthy, nutritious and adequate food. We formed a Kitchen Management Committee with the involvement of all the local people and under the coordination of a local young person. We set up 3 community kitchens and served 366 people of 81 homeless families.
The Kitchen Management Committee established the rule that each day four families would send a family member to be a volunteer, cooking and serving the food to all the others. Every day, the four volunteers would cook the food for all the families in need in the community. Lunch time was 9 AM - 11 AM and dinner time was 6 PM - 8 PM. These times of the day were filled with entertainment. The people in the community made dinner time into the musical hour – they would sing songs and play their folk instruments. Their gatherings for lunch and dinner at the same time and place and interacting with each other helped them to cope with the sufferings, sorrow and loss of their homes and the loved ones.
At the same time, we also ran psychological counseling camps. All the victims who lost near and dear ones said that the community kitchen not only served them with nutritious food but also provided them a place to heal their wounds.
After 31 days of serving the survivors suffering from hunger, we found that they had become psychologically and physically ready to return to their normal life. With our mission accomplished, we closed the community kitchen.
Donations can be made to the official bank account number of TNW:
Team for Nature & Wildlife (TNW)
Beneficiary Account No:
Machhapuchchre Bank limited
Putalisadak, Kathmandu, Nepal
Donations can be made to the official bank account number of Prangarik Pathshala:
Beneficiary Account No:
Mega Bank Nepal Limited