Beldangi-I, Jan 25: Volunteers of Youth Friendly Center (YFC) and Caritas Nepal, which looks after education of exiled Bhutanese children, are seen extra-active in distribution of relief package to fire victims here.
“We are highly impressed with YFC volunteers and Caritas Nepal for their extensive supports in grassroots level,” the camp secretary of the camp, TB Gurung, told Bhutan News Service.
According to reports, YFC volunteers played crucial role in distribution of immediate relief package and compilation of data related to damages and losses incurred.
Besides the immediate relief materials such as bitten rice, biscuits and instant noodles on Wednesday, Caritas Nepal has supported fire victims with mattress, towels, plastic jug and frying pans among others while AMDA-Nepal offered under garments and blanket for babies.
Caritas Nepal also donated a cash grant of rupees 7000 to Til Bahadur Pradhan, who is doing funeral rituals of his deceased mother.
Lutheran World Federation is already on the group with construction materials. “We’ll soon get huts rebuilt,” said of the Federation’s staff.
Meanwhile, the UNHCR has expressed its sympathy towards the fire victims. Issuing a press statement, it has mentioned that UNHCR including its partners are playing key role in supporting the fire victims with all sorts of support materials.
“The government, UNHCR, and its NGO partners (Caritas, Lutheran World Federation, the Association of Medical Doctors of Asia) and WFP are providing immediate emergency assistance,” said the UNHCR statement.
According to the UNHCR, in total, an estimated US $39,000 would be required for emergency relief and reconstruction materials.
“It is unfortunate that every year hundreds of refugees become homeless due to fire in these camps, which often happen mostly during dry season,” said Rianawati, head of the UNHCR Sub-Office in Damak.
The UNHCR has provided some mattresses, blankets, mosquito net and bedcovers among others to the victims on worst conditions.
Nepal Red Cross Society, Shree Satya Sahi Samiti, Damak, district administration office, Jhapa, Bhutanese Refugee Women Forum, and various institutions inside camps as well as local areas have extended their helping hands to fire victims.
District officials including chief district officer yesterday visited camp and assured re-issuance of academic and other documents burnt by fire, through refugee coordination unit in the camp.