LWF Nepal and FELM support flood- affected Communities

Kharati Rishidev and his wife Shanti Devi Rishidev with their children

Kathmandu 6 September 2017 - The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Nepal in support from Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission - Nepal (FELM-Nepal) has provided relief package to 165 flood -affected households in Sohaltole of Jahada Rural Municipality in Morang district.  

The relief packet includes staple food like rice, Dal, noodles, beaten rice, cooking oil, iodinated salt and blanket. Most of the relief- package beneficiaries were from Santhal and Mushahar communities. Santhal is an indigenous tribe in Terai while Musahar are considered one of the lowest of the Dalit groups.

The relief package alleviated the suffering of some of the flood affected population in the Johoda Rural Municipality. Although the village has more than 250 households, LWF Nepal and its implementing partner selected most vulnerable families for the support.

 Kharati Rishidev is one of the beneficiaries of the relief package in the village. “The support by LWF Nepal and FELM-Nepal has been a respite for our family”, he says.  Following the flood inundates his house, Rishidev and his family took shelter in a nearby school for three days. Although flood has receded at present, the family has nowhere to go as their house is already inundated.  

Many families in his village are waiting support from government and non-government agencies to reconstruct or repair their houses and restore their livelihood.

Story by Umesh Pokharel, LWF Nepal and photo by Suman Rai