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Uniform Distribution in Bathane

Nepali for Nepali conducted two previous relief programs in Bathane in response to the summer flooding disaster in 2017. However, with the season change, the severe winter conditions brought further challenges to the villagers. Nepal’s Meteorological Forecasting Division released a report on the changing weather patterns in the Terai region:

“For the past few years, cold wave has become one of the major threats to the lives of locals residing in 23 districts in Tarai. The annual death toll and its impact on human lives have clearly proven the dangers posed by cold waves over the years. As per the record of National Emergency Operation Center (NEOC), the department under the Ministry of Home Affairs, cold wave over the past three years has already claimed the lives of 46 people across 15 districts. Most of the human casualties were reported from the districts in the Terai belt.”

The combination of the natural humidity of the Terai and man-made irrigation channels causes the region to be enveloped in a heavy fog during cold temperatures. Combined with dust particles, the winter smog has serious health implications.

This year, the normally suppressive fog was referred to as a “Superfog” by many media outlets in 2018, with reports stating that it covered 2000 km across the Indian subcontinent. In Nepal, the extreme cold and damp air took the lives of 37 people in the Terai with the coldest temperature recorded at 5 degrees Celsius.

On January 8th, 2018 Nepali for Nepali was contacted by Silvia Burgos Fernandez (Spain) inquiring about materials she could offer in aid. Our team suggested she bring winter clothing and for further contribution, provide the 100 most needy students of Bathane with uniform material. 

Our team organized the necessary material for the uniforms in Bathane and traveled to the village with Silvia and Louis Larsson on January 28. We first conducted the distribution of uniform material which our donors handed directly to the receiving children. The cloth for one shirt and pair of pants was given to the 100 most impoverished students who attend Shree Janajagriti Lower Secondary School. After the short ceremony, the teachers of the school took us on a tour of the school and interacted with NFN and our donors. They explained that the high rates of child marriage in their village prevent the local girls from achieving more than a middle school education. Our organization’s mere presence greatly improved the image and reputation of the school within the community. 

 

 

Following our tour, we headed back to our local contact’s home to sort the 40kg of clothing Silvia had brought.

 

The following is the complete inventory of donated goods:

S.N.

Item Description

Quantity

1.

Men’s tops

15 pc

2.

Men’s bottoms

3 pc

3.

Women’s tops

7 pc

4.

Women’s bottoms

10 pc

5.

Teen’s tops

7 pc

6.

Children’s clothing

3 pc

7.

Infant’s clothing

40 pc

8.

Infant’s underwear

7 pc

9.

Women’s underwear

4 pc

10.

Adult socks

7 pairs

11.

Hats and gloves

21 pc

12.

Children’s shoes

6 pairs

13.

Stuffed toys

21 pc

14.

Jump ropes

12 pc

15.

Football

2 pc

16.

Volleyball

1 pc

17.

Tennis balls

4 pc

18.

Air pump

1 pc

19.

Pencils and pens

1 bag

20.

School bags

7 pc

21.

Hair ties and bobby pins

2 packs

We separated the clothing into 11 bundles for 11 families. The following table displays the content description of the bundle each family received:

S.N. Receiving Head of Household Mens clothes Women clothes Kids clothes Kids shoes
1. Manjali Pahari 1 pc 1 pc 2 pc 1 pc
2. Dinesh Pahari 1 1 2
3. Buddhi Maya Kusuwar 1 1 2 1
4. Prem Lal Kusuwar 1 1
5. Shivaji Kusuwar 1 1
6. Sangita Kusuwar 1 1 5 2
7. Anisha Magar 1 1 3
8. Ghyalsang Waiba 1 1 3
9. Fukuni Kusuwar 1 1
10. Buddhiman Gole 1 1 4
11. Bam Bahadur Moktan 1 1 4

The remaining donated supplies were given to the school to distribute according to the students’ needs.

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