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

http://www.ssso.net/Nepal/Report_on_Nepal_Relief_Efforts.pdf

Dear Brothers
Sai Ram

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 ground level.

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.

Regards

Nimish Pandya
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
By
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 the trucks.

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, Nepal.

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 materials.

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 hilltop.

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, Nepal

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:

1. Tents
2. Tarpaulins
3. Blankets
4. Mattresses
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.

Sai Ram!

Thursday 14th of May 2015
New Delhi


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