Art in time of crisis

June 7, 2018

Our toilet building work was mostly focused on the urban areas of Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur, because densely populated areas are prone to outbreaks of cholera and other diseases.  We later expanded our circle to include villages and districts outside the Valley.  We went from building trench-based toilets to permanent toilets.  As many minds came together effective ideas were born.

We received a call from a camp in Dhading district that a young girl with a serious leg injury was refusing to eat because there was no accessible toilet nearby.  We provided a commode chair in several other camps. To ward off disease and to keep the surroundings clean, we spread phenyl and lime powder and asked the people to keep the toilet areas clean.

 

 

POST EARTHQUAKE RELIEF WORK

Relocating an entire village Due to the fear of landslides, 39 families from Lappa village in upper Dhadhing left their ancestral lands and moved down to lower Dhadhing. We received pictures of the villagers drinking water from a stagnant pool.  They were trying to relocate and establish a new village but were being thwarted by stomach ailments and other illnesses caused by unsafe drinking water.  All the women had low blood pressure and anemia.  We responded immediately by sending water filters. We then built a reserve tank to collect and filter the water from a nearby spring.  We also built ten permanent toilets and brought large family-sized tents for shelter.

At first , there was no direct route to this village so we hired an excavator to build a trail and opened the road to transport relief and construction materials.

 

COMMUNITY-BASED ART PROJECT 

The volunteers took white Butterflies to three different villages in Gorkha. This district was centered (epicenter ) on Baisakh 12, 2073.
They helped the villagers to build schools, community center toilets, and houses. They placed these butterflies with children and villagers in destroyed places and some newly built houses and schools as a symbol of hope strength & resilience.

 

 

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