In July 2015 Our Sansar opened an emergency transit home for quake-affected children in Dhading – one of the worst affected areas.
In the wake of devastating earthquakes in April and May 2015, thousands of people, including children, were left homeless and displaced in Nepal.
Our Sansar was asked by Nepalese authorities to help the country’s most vulnerable young people and a transit home in Dhading was set up, in one of the worst-affected areas of the country.
The site is the only place for local authorities in the whole district to bring these children in a temporary capacity while we then work to find them a permanent living situation for them.
A local park in the region’s largest town Dhading Besi was loaned to Our Sansar and through an emergency appeal, the team built a series of cheap and efficient bamboo huts to live, a kitchen, sanitation services and water supplies.
It is staffed by a social worker to help rehabilitate and care for children, an education officer to help children keep up with studies as well as a cook and security guard. An Our Sansar project manager is always on site to supervise.
- Re-uniting children with their close or extended families wherever possible.
- Providing the children with shelter, food and education, to keep them from the streets.
- Rehabilitation of any children affected by the quakes or their home situation.
- Providing counselling. Through links with local organisations we will provide trained staff including psychologists and social workers to ensure the children get the support they need.
What you need to know about Dhading
What is happening at Dhading?
Our Sansar has built a transit home of bamboo huts to temporarily house children who have
been rescued from trafficking, displaced or affected by the quake. Dhading is an isolated region West of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu which was heavily affected by the April and May quake with estimates of 70 per cent of homes in the area destroyed.
As monsoon season has rolled in further slips and landslides have caused many villages in the
hilly region damage and displacement of people. The team on-site has recently expanded with the hire of a social worker and education officer meaning we are well equipped to house more children as the need arises.
Why is Dhading special?
“We are the only ones here doing this work, so for that makes Dhading very special to us,” Our Sansar founding director Julia Krespa says.
Our Sansar’s close relationship with local authorities also makes it special as it is one of the few small charities in Nepal working directly with the District Child Welfare Board (the authorities in charge of finding displaced and children affected by the quake in need of help).
What work is being done there?
As the only group providing temporary and emergency shelter for the entire region’s most vulnerable kids, the team is busy finding permanent living situations for the home’s current residents.
Three children who were the victims of trafficking have found permanent homes thanks to Our Sansar and an early arrival to the camp has been reunited with family in a different province, Nuwakot.
A new home can mean a range of things for the children including being homed with family or in some cases being placed with a local children’s shelter.
The quakes have been tough on many and we are even working with a mother from a local village to help her find work and get back on her feet to better care for her four children as we assist in taking care of the kids.
What challenges are there for Dhading?
Our Sansar is aware there are likely to be more children in need of help in the area, especially in this region as it is very hilly with a lot of isolated villages. Many places are very isolated and only receiving helicopter aid due to their remoteness.
Some of these have been affected by slips, aftershocks and tremors. With new staff we are looking to be able to reach further out to the more isolated areas with the local authorities and aid the most vulnerable children.
How can you help?