Stories from the Flood
Many of Eden’s nursery staff in Nepal were hit hard by the flood. Some people experienced flood damage while others lost their entire home. Last week, Eden’s national directors distributed emergency relief packages to nursery workers and other local families that were in desperate need. Here are some stories of those Eden recently helped out.
Pabitra, one of Eden’s nursery workers, lost all her belongings to the flood. When given her relief package, she was most happy to receive a blanket and a 20kg bag of rice. Her previous blanket had been washed away by the floodwaters, and the water had soiled the rice she had stored in her home.
Saru is another nursery worker. With the hot weather and the floodwaters, Nepal’s southern regions are experiencing a mosquito problem. This was especially problematic for Saru as the floods damaged her family’s mosquito net. She was extremely thankful and relieved to receive a new net in her relief package. Having a new net will save Saru and her family from being bitten in the night and keeps them from being exposed to diseases transmitted by mosquitos.
Tulasa Niraula, one of Eden’s first nursery workers in Nepal, had to evacuate her home for two days because the flood waters had entered her house through previously damaged walls. Tulasa managed to move all her cows, chickens, and goats to an evacuation site at a local school. While staying at the site, Tulasa described the flood waters as being like an endless ocean. She was very scared; however, she sees her survival from this terrible event as a second chance at life.
An issue Tulasa and many other locals face after the floods are the presence of cobras. When Tulasa came back to her home, a cobra had killed one of her chickens. This loss is very disheartening for Tulasa because the chicken was to hatch 19 eggs, which would have provided even more for her family.
Despite the hardships the floods have unleashed on Tulasa and her family, she is grateful for the relief package and all the help that has been provided for her.
Sukra Bahadur Rai
Sukra and his wife, another local family impacted by the destructive flood waters, reported severe damage to their home after the floods. Water levels up to Sukra’s shoulder wrecked his home and killed one of his goats and one of his calves. He is currently staying with a relative until he can provide repairs to his home.
Krishna Prasad Niraula
Krishna, a nursery staff worker at Sundarpur, recalls the day the flood began:
The rain was there all day and it was increasing. As the day passed, the water level began to rise. There was no light, no communication. He transported his animals and belongings to a safe place. While at the nursery Krishna noticed the water level was up to his waist. In his 38 years of living in the area, he had never seen anything like this before. He felt like he was going to be washed away.
The flood destroyed Krishna’s entire house. Now he is working in the nursery again, but this time to remove the mud deposited by the flood in the nursery beds. Slowly, the nursery is getting back to normal.
Eden is continuing to reach out to help all of our nursery workers and local villagers suffering from the devastation of the flood.
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