Kathmandhu (Agenzia Fides) - Six months after the two devastating earthquakes that hit Nepal in April, causing destruction for more than eight million people, Caritas Nepal, together with the global network of Caritas Internationalis, continues the work of reconstruction and assistance to families and communities.
As Fr. Pius Perumana, Director of Caritas Nepal reports in a note sent to Fides, "in the last six months, our main job has been to provide immediate relief supplies, such as blankets, tents, blankets and restrooms, as well as clothing. In some villages where there was real shortage of food, we also distributed food. We have reached and helped over 70,000 families. Our staff worked without a break or holiday".
For the next phase of work, continues the Director, "we aim to reconstruct at least 3,500 homes. There will also be other aid such as recovering livelihoods. We will also commit ourselves in security programs and disaster risk reduction". Caritas had launched long-term development programs, especially in western Nepal, and now wants to extend to the northern mountain districts, severely affected by the quake.
Jamie McGoldrick, UN coordinator in Nepal, said that with winter approaching, more than 80 thousand displaced families need food and shelter. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the work carried out by the Nepalese government and NGOs has so far reached, on the whole, more than 700,000 families. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 28/10/2015)