Kanchii Tamang lost almost everything when the earthquake struck Nepal almost a year ago. She had been living in a hut in the village of Sipapokhare, which she describes losing, “It was like a dream when I saw my home turned into a ruin within seconds.” Though she lost her home and all of the corn and millet she had been saving, Kanchii was thankful that the things most precious to her—her husband and three children—survived the disaster.
In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, the family shared a common kitchen with 12 other families and ate food that was found in the debris of collapsed houses. In order to survive the family reduced the number and size of meals they were eating, as well as the variety of food. Shops in the village had also been destroyed and soon the scavenged food was gone as well. It was a dire situation.
For the first week after the earthquake, no relief organizations were able to reach the village as landslides had washed the roads away. Kanchii and her family were grateful when the first food aid eventually reached them, but were still concerned, as it wasn’t enough to sustain them until their next harvest.
In response, PWS&D stepped in—through our partner Nazarene Compassionate Ministries at the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Rice, pulses (lentils), oil, sugar and salt were provided in enough quantity to last several months.
Kanchii shares that she’s not certain what her family would have eaten if not for the food aid. Plus, she adds, “My children were very happy to receive the regular food.”
Kanchii is feeling real hope for the future now. She has some of the food rations remaining, and has also been able to harvest her own cornfields. While there is still much to be done to rebuild after such a disaster, she knows that at least her family won’t be hungry as they recover.