ADP has partnered with Relief Shelter Drive (RSD), a grassroots initiative undertaken by a small group of individuals across the United States, United Kingdom and Pakistan. Our aim is to address the lack of proper shelter in areas affected by the earthquake in South Asia on October 8, 2005, and where the government and relief agencies have been unable to offer assistance.
Summary of tent distribution by RSD and its partners (12/16/05)
a. 21 single ply tents delivered to Allai
b. 30 winterized tents delivered to Laoir
c. 50 single-ply tents delivered to Laoir
d. 5 tents for schools to displaced communities in Dhak, Patar, Hans Chowki and Faraashtown
e. 1 tent for a dispensary in Hans Chowki
f. 121 tents purchased through independent funds and distributed to Seri, Chaprian (right below Hans Chowki), Bolasa, Nakar, Namdar, villages near Shinkiari, Faraashtown, and other displaced communities in Islamabad
g. 30 tents to Shinkiari
h. 25 homes to Kafal Garh – in the form of corrugated tin sheets
i. 20 homes to Keri, Dhirkot – in the form of corrugated tin sheets
j. 9 homes to Hans Chowki – in the form of corrugated tin sheets
k. 37 bori shelter in Surul
l. 1 bori shelter in Bela
Total: 350 forms of shelter provided
It has been decided that despite the warmth of bori shelters, as is evident from the original prototype set up a month ago by Nomad Volunteers, these are not the best models. This can be attributed to the fact that the two regions that RSD teams tried out the shelter: in the villages of Surul (Bagh/Kashmir) with Nomad Volunteers and Bela (Balakot/NWFP) with JAAG Pakistan, there has to be excessive enthusiasm inculcated in the villagers and community mobilization has been extremely challenging to date. Further, sand needs to be readily available in order to build the shelter, and as it has rained and snowed already in some of these areas, it has been tougher to use.
Apart from its initial deliveries, RSD is not providing to areas originally identified because we were either unable to verify a continuous distribution network in those particular regions or they have received some form of shelter already. Thus, RSD will not be working in Aligra or Laoir anymore, and is instead verifying areas through visits by RSD team members and partners.
We are making decisions based on the best available information at any moment, and will adapt our materials, methods, and communities served quickly as better information becomes available.
What are we working on right now?
Villagers, across the region, are generally building their own homes by building their wall structures using wood, mud and stone rescued from the debris. Their needs as expressed by them is that of corrugated tin sheets – something corroborated by various NGOs, the UN and other relief workers working on the ground:
“There has been a sort of lethargy among the people here. It’s the shock of the earthquake. But the freezing temperatures and the snow they can see just a few hundred metres higher up the mountain have at last galvanised them into action. They’re beginning to salvage what they can from the debris and with the metal sheet roofing, working fast to prepare for the winter.” ( BBC News Online)
Based on the above feedback, our next steps are:
- To spend a bulk of the money towards provision of such shelter, with a home costing anywhere between Rs.5000 to Rs.7500.
- Continue to work in areas where we:
- Have verified and double checked through different organizations and individuals we trust that there is a need present of shelter.
- One or more of our team members will be on the ground distributing the shelter after the verification.
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