Sukumaya rebuilds in Nepal
9 Nov 2015 | Blog | Emergency Relief
Sukumaya, a sole parent, and her two children aged 15 and 5 lost everything in the April 2015 earthquakes. Now six months on, they look to the future with renewed hope.
Sukumaya and her children live in Kavre, one of the many districts where Caritas Australia and Caritas Nepal implemented the Earthquake Emergency Response Program. Like many rural villages in Nepal, with limited infrastructure and widespread poverty, Sukumaya's community was devastated by the powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquakes.
Sukumaya had already suffered the loss of her husband and middle child some years ago. To provide for her family, she works in the fields growing potato and maize and tends to buffalo and goats. Sukumaya and her children lost their mud brick and stone home and all of their possessions during the first earthquake.
Recognizing her vulnerability, the village cooperative selected Sukumaya’s family as one of the first to receive shelter and assistance from Caritas Australia and Caritas Nepal. They immediately received tarpaulins, food items and a water and sanitation kit. Later they also received some corrugated iron sheets to build their new home. They were also able to access safe water from the water point provided to the village through the program. Over two months, the Earthquake Emergency Response program assisted 20,000 households like Sukumaya's across 7 districts in Nepal.
Sukumaya is now looking to the future, with hopes to develop further skills for her livelihood and have her children continue their education.
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