Laxmi (28) is a single mother. She lives in Thade, a remote village in northern Rasuwa, with her two sons, Milan (12) and Salon (6). Laxmi’s husband died in a tragic bus accident nine months ago. She has been struggling to support her family ever since. When April’s devastating earthquake hit, luckily Laxmi and her two sons were working in the fields picking potatoes and so were uninjured, but their small home was totally destroyed.
Laxmi explained "Our house was totally damaged. We were not able to take anything from house, all possessions lost, clothes also."
GOAL is working in Thade, a village where 96% of the households were damaged or destroyed, distributing CGI metal sheeting to households, the most sought after commodity in this part of Nepal. It provides impenetrable shelter from the harsh monsoon which is just settling in, and is incredibly flexible. These resilient mountain people are busy building temporary shelters to survive the severe rains which await. When September comes around they will be able to use the same CGI sheets in more permanent structures.
When asked how she would manage to rebuild her house, Laxmi explained “I need to borrow from family, 500 rupees (€5) a day per person, plus feeding charge. I don’t know how to repay, it’s a problem for me”.
Fortunately, it is people like Laxmi, the most vulnerable in society, which GOAL is targeting for additional support. GOAL was able to provide labourers to build Laxmi’s home and now she and her two boys can be confident that while they are trying to put their lives back together, they will do so in a secure and dry new home.
By Stephen Jenkinson - GOAL Nepal Area Manager. With the support of GOAL’s India team, who have led GOAL’s emergency response in Nepal from day one, GOAL continues to provide support to some of those families who have been worst-affected by the disaster.