Women’s role in relief distribution hailedA mothers’ group has been praised for its role in providing relief materials to quake-affected people at Sertung, Tipling and Lapa VDCs in Dhading.
A mothers’ group has been praised for its role in providing relief materials to quake-affected people at Sertung, Tipling and Lapa VDCs in Dhading.
Buddhimaya Tamang of Sertung, a member of the group, said various national and international donors handed over relief materials meant for quake victims to the group.
“We have been asked to distribute the relief materials,” she said, adding that they also helped carry out post-quake relief and reconstruction works in their area. The other members of the group include Purnamaya Tamang, Phulsang Tamang, Aashmaya Tamang and Sonam Maya.
Purnamaya said displaced some displaced people provided fake details to receive more relief materials. “We faced problems in relief distribution due to such fake data,” she said.
Aashmaya said they distribute relief materials to quake-hit families once a month. “We are distributing seven kilograms of rice, pulses and oil, among other foodstuffs, to each of the quake-affected family. No one can get relief materials with fake details,” she clarified.
Eighty-six-year-old Daya Singh Tamang of Sertung-4 said women’s involvement in relief distribution has made the whole process better managed and peaceful. The group members as well as other volunteers prioritise the physically impaired, elderly people and pregnant women while distributing relief materials, he said.
Assistant Chief District Officer Toran Parajuli, who reached the area for inspection, said other VDCs should learn from the mothers’ group.
Meanwhile, officials of the Himalayan Healthcare Nepal, a social organisation responsible for ferrying relief materials to the northern VDCs in the district, said they are also going to purchase livestock for the quake-hit families.