PCCC Responds to Quake Needs in Nepal

June 5, 2017

By Allen Allnoch, ER Writer

ER supports the efforts of our partners who reach out to the victims of local disasters. Read more about the Nepal earthquake response here.

When a natural disaster such as an earthquake hits an impoverished region, the recovery can take years. Such is the case in central Nepal, where the Gorkha earthquake killed some 9,000 in April 2015.

Little by little, the area is rebuilding, and ER partner Pokhara Child Care Center (PCCC) is doing its part to help.

PCCC’s Karak Tamang spends much of his time traveling the Nepalese countryside, seeking ways they can help their neighbors. Recently his work took him to the village of Nuwakot Derail, where he had not always been welcome – some 32 years ago he was forced to leave there because of his religious beliefs.

“But now they needed help and this time they welcomed me,” he said.

The earthquake had destroyed Deurali’s drinking water line. PCCC installed 1,100 meters of pipe and got the system back on line, providing clean water for some 400 residents.

PCCC also recently provided a water line, a water collection tank and school uniforms for the Chepang people in a remote area outside the city of Kamle.

“Most of the children were not going to school,” Karak said. “When they are 13 or 14 years old, they leave school, get married and become mothers. So to encourage them to go to school, we distributed 62 school uniforms.”

PCCC now is working on a water project that will serve Tibetan refugees, and another school uniform project in the village of Ramnagar.

This is gritty, in-the-trenches work in a region marked by harsh terrain and difficult conditions. Extreme Response is blessed to have partners such as PCCC who are helping fulfill the mission to “change the lives of those living in extreme, often life-threatening, situations.”

Pokhara Child Care Center serves people living in extreme conditions in central Nepal. Learn more here

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