said shelter materials were the most useful
Others prioritised food, clothes or blankets. We heard that circumstances vary and our aid response should too.
said cash was the most useful
The State gave 15,000 rupees. With this we built cottages. I think it was the best relief material.
Badri Nath Bhattarai
There is a rumour that Dalits (considered 'outcastes' by society) have received a lot of relief. The reality is quite the opposite.
Kabita B K
We heard calls to remember vulnerable and minority groups when providing emergency relief.
said information and technology would help them be better prepared in the future
If anyone in the world gets prior information on an earthquake let us know.
Everything was useful, except the distribution of razors which aren't needed by women like me.
Amrita Thapa Magar
We heard reminders that aid is best when it is appropriate. What benefits one culture or group may be of less use to another.
We continue to experience aftershocks. People are terrified. Some are suffering from earthquake phobia.
We heard about the need for psychological support alongside items of food and shelter.
said safe housing would help them most in the future
In some countries, like Japan, earthquakes take place frequently. But in Japan there are earthquake-proof houses.
Chandra Man Kisan
*Statistics are based on a sample of 179 people surveyed in the Gorkha and Dhading in February 2016. Participants were asked to comment on all aid received, not just that given by Christian Aid.
We’re listening and calling for change
This May, at the first World Humanitarian Summit, we want international commitments to:
- Ask, listen and respond to the people who are directly affected by disasters.
- Help support local governments and organisations so they are properly equipped to deal with the crisis.
- Invest in disaster prevention, ensuring communities are well prepared to respond to future disasters.
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