A REPORT ON NATIONAL RELIEF
EFFORTS FOR NEPAL
Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, India
(Email shared by brother MM)
In a just concluded first phase of relief to the Earthquake ridden Nepal,
the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, India have gone out of it way in
reaching the relief material to Nepal from the borders.
Kudos to UP, Punjab, New Delhi, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh for an
immediate response and also to Madhya Pradesh who will be despatching a
truck load of solar lanterns to Nepal.
A summary of the report is given below ..... A copy of the Pdf file is
attached herewith containing the images of the Relief Work undertaken
We have just concluded the first phase of relief to the Earthquake ridden
Nepal. I am extremely happy at the tremendous support all of you have given
to this effort. I know we have put the relief on hold as we were waiting to
assess the situation at the ground level and as result several State
Presidents have held back relief initiatives.
My respects to the State Presidents of UP, Punjab and New Delhi for an
immediate response at the ground level. I am also in awe of the State
presidents of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh for a near immediate response in
the matter of supporting the State Presidents of Punjab and Delhi on the
I have the pleasure of enclosing a small report of the relief work submitted
by the State president of New Delhi.
You will realise that a lots has to be done and all other states who are on
standby will now have a great role to play in as much as several tents
tarpaulins and beds are required especially in the light of the further
earthquakes that our brothers and sisters had to suffer.
I am in touch with the State Presidents of Punjab, Delhi and UP for the next
phase of relief work to be initiated as indicated in the report and will
revert shortly. Immediately the State president of Madhya Pradesh will be
despatching a truck load of solar lanterns to Nepal.
We have had great cooperation from our Organisation brothers from Nepal at
all times in reaching the relief material to Nepal from the borders.
All India Vice President SSSSO, India
A REPORT ON NATIONAL RELIEF EFFORTS FOR NEPAL
Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, India
The National Relief Effort For Nepal Earthquake Victims
Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, India
A. The Backgrounder
A devastating earthquake of the magnitude of 8.4 on the Richter scale had
hit our neighboring country of Nepal on the morning of 25th April 2015. The
massive earthquake brought with its waves, the destruction, misery, death
and deprivation to millions of citizens of Nepal.
The national leadership of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizationís got in touch
with its international arm (as Nepal technically falls under the Sri Sathya
Sai International Organisation). On Thursday, 30th April, a Nepal Disaster
Relief Steering Committee was formed and the Sri Sathya Sai Seva
Organisation, India was asked to mobilize relief materials to support the
victims of earthquake in Nepal.
Sathya Sai Organisation at Nepal
The Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust of Nepal is headquartered at Kathmandu,
Nepal. The Centre also runs a school at Kathmandu. Both the School and
Centre building has remained unaffected by the earthquake. On the afternoon
of the earthquake, the Nepal organization got a call from a hospital to
provide meals to patients. They immediately started supplying cooked meals
to not only patients but also doctors and attendants.
B. Immediate Response: Mobilization Efforts
In less than 36 hours of the decision being made to mobilize materials for
Nepal at 12.30 AM on Saturday, 02 May 2015, the Sri Sathya Sai Seva
Organisation of Delhi-National Capital Region dispatched 16 tons of food
items. These included individually packed 1200 bags consisting of Rice, Dal,
Sugar and Salt including water, Dry milk powder and biscuits.
The thought process was that each family should get a bag of food materials
which can sustain them for a few days. Hence the quantities in each bag were
determined accordingly. Further, on Sunday, 03 May 2015, around noon the Sri
Sathya Sai Seva Organisation of UP & Uttaranchal also, dispatched 15 tons of
food items (individually packed) to our Centre at Kathmandu, Nepal.
C. Call by the Embassy of Nepal, New Delhi
Amidst all this massive mobilization, a news item appeared in The Hindustan
Times, Delhi edition on Saturday, 02 May 2015 that the Embassy of Nepal at
New Delhi has been receiving mountains of relief materials and they do not
have volunteers to handle these relief materials.
The State President, Delhi-NCR called on His Excellency Mr. Deep Kumar
Upadhyay, the Ambassador of Nepal on Saturday evening, and offered the
volunteers of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation to sort, pack, label and load
the relief materials.
The Ambassador readily agreed to the offer and appreciated that the Sri
Sathya Sai Seva Organisation had come forward. He had moist eyes and was
deeply moved. Mr. Upadhyay had only on 29th April presented his credentials
to the President of India.
At 7.30 AM on Sunday, 03rd May around 50 volunteers of Sri Sathya Sai Seva
Organisation, Delhi-NCR arrived at the gates of the Embassy of Nepal to
undertake the massive task of sifting through mountains of materials which
donors had just simply dumped at the Embassy premises.
Under the huge tent specially erected for the purpose of undertaking this
assignment, the elderly ladies took the task of sorting thousands of sacks
of clothing, the younger ladies started packing, the older gents seva dal
took on the task of labelling and the under 30s seva dal started loading on
As the day went by, the Delhi heat was intense, so were the spirit of the
volunteers. As the day advanced, more Seva Dal started pouring from all
parts of Delhi. At the end of the day, Seva Dal had reduced the mountains of
materials, cleaned the premises, put all materials in designated areas and
loaded 30 tons of materials into the trucks. The embassy staff and
Ambassador were pleasantly surprised at the changing landscape on the lawns
of his residence from one of disorder to orderly arrangement of materials.
The Ambassador of Nepal had asked the organisation to set a process for
handling arrival of future relief materials. The plan was shared by the
evening of Sunday, 03 May.
Hundreds of Seva dal both ladies and gents worked all through Monday and
Tuesday, 04th and 05th May. Thousands of bags were sorted, cleaned, packed,
labelled, and loaded into the trucks. The organisation completed the entire
task in 3 days. On Tuesday, 05th May when we took leave from the Ambassador,
we left him with an open offer to return with our volunteers as and when he
and his team felt the need for assistance to handle the relief materials.
D. Second Phase of the Relief Materials Dispatch-
06 May 2015
While hundreds of volunteers were serving at the Nepal Embassy, the Delhi
Chapter of the Organisation along with Chapters in Punjab and Himachal
Pradesh were gearing for the second blitzkrieg of relief materials to
suffering brothers and sisters of Nepal.
In the wee hours of 06th May 2015, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation,
Delhi-National Capital Region dispatched 29 tons of relief materials. The
three trucks carrying the materials from Delhi had Food Consignment
(individually packed bags of Rice, Dal, Sugar and Salt), 600 cases of Water,
2000 High Quality tent size tarpaulins, Biscuits, Oil, Gloves, Masks, and
the Chlorine tablets.
Within few hours of this Dispatch from Delhi, the Sri Sathya Sai Seva
Organisation, Punjab dispatched 5000 blankets to our Centre at Kathmandu,
At 10 AM, 06th May, two trucks loads consisting of one truck of biscuits and
one truck of flour had been dispatched by the Sri Sathya Sai Seva
Organisation, Himachal Pradesh.
On MA Eshwaramma Day, 6 trucks carrying nearly 60 tons of materials were on
the move to provide succor to our suffering brothers and sisters of Nepal.
E. The Nepal Visit
The State President, Delhi NCR along with a team of volunteers visited Nepal
for three days to assess the ground situation and discuss at length the next
course of Disaster Relief. On Saturday 9th May 2015 at Kathmanduís
Pashupatinath temple a special bhajan was organized in its courtyard with a
prayer in unison to help all our brothers and sisters of Nepal suffering
from the Devastating earthquake.
Dispatch of relief material from Sri Sathya Sai Centre, Kathmandu
The Nepal Army trucks are helping our organization in Nepal to transport the
materials to 14 affected districts of Nepal. All our volunteers in Nepal
deserve all appreciation for the meticulous planning and processing of the
relief materials sent from India.
The Dharmasthali Village
Team visited a village 40 KM from Kathmandu as its first stop to review the
relief work. On the way we witnessed that concrete structures totally tilted
or completely destroyed. The Dharmasthali village is one of the villages
where relief materials sent from India had been distributed and this was the
second time that the Organisation was reaching out to them with relief
The row after row of flattened houses and people in total disarray , and
feeling hopeless due to intermittent showers was shocking to experience. We
distributed relief materials in the village chaupal in the makeshift
temporary shelter erected for the villagers who had lost everything.
The Nubise Village
Thereafter, we went to the Nubise Village which was another few hoursí
drive. The Nepal organization volunteers had already surveyed this village
and written the names of persons affected. This village is located on the
All the villagers had been asked to come downhill to the road where the
distribution had been planned. We arrived and after three omkars started
distributing the food packets from India. I must mention here that the both
the national leadership and the seva dal of the Nepal Organisation have done
their best under the circumstances in which they are working.
F. Meeting with the National Leadership of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation,
Mr. Y.K. Maskey, National Chair, Shri. Govind Maskey, Vice President, Shri.
Narottam Updhyaya, Sister Sridhara, Service Coordinators, Secretary of the
Sri Sathya Sai Trust Nepal and other prominent members of the organization
and the trust met with our team.
The Nepal National leadership has expressed their grateful thanks to their
brothers and sisters of the India Organisation and the National Leadership
of the India Organisation in providing very large consignments of relief
materials. On the day of the meeting 92 tons of relief materials had already
reach Kathmandu from the India Organisation.
India Team had carried samples of tents and solar lights, and a presentation
on rehabilitation through erection of large community sheds. The sample of
the tent was approved and medium size solar light was also liked by the
Nepal team. We shared the presentation and asked brothers to discuss it
among themselves and with the leadership of the International organisation
in order to take this initiative forward. We discussed at length the new
requirements. Food, medicine and water is not the requirement at all.
Following items are required as the second phase of relief efforts:
5. Solar light
6. School Notebooks & Stationary items.
The International Organisation has through the assistance of the Delhi
Chapter of the India Organisation is sending Tents, Tarpaulins and
Mattresses. That order is under process at the time of writing this report
and the same shall be transported early next week.
We would like to mention the active support in mobilizing blankets from
Panjab by the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Tamil Nadu and Sri Sathya
Sai Seva Organisation, Andhra & Telangana. Several State Chapters of Sri
Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, across India are now on Standby to undertake
further relief work. This report has been submitted to the national
leadership of the Organisation to review the work done so far and decide the
next course of action.
Thursday 14th of May 2015