After the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on 25th April 2015, thousands of people have died in different parts of the country. The death toll is said to be in the thousands. Casualties among children is still not known. CWIN-Nepal as a child rights organization is deeply concerned about the possible damage to children. CWIN has informed citizens and police about the Child Helpline services it carries out in the 6 districts of Nepal, namely, Kathmanud, Pokhara, Hetauda, Biratnagar, Nepalgunj and Dhangadi for the support of for children caught in the earthquake. CWIN-run Child Helplines are willing to extend support to any children missing their families, who got injured, who need counseling and emergency humanitarian assistance. For this CWIN is seeking all kinds of assistance so that we are able to reach out to more children in crisis.
Likewise, CWIN is worried about the children living and working on the streets for their safety and whereabouts. Our Peer Educators tried to locate some of the young people but many are out of our contact. We need to go out tomorrow for their help. Similarly, buildings at CWIN Balika Peace Home, a transit centre located in Pasthali, Kavre have cracked badly due to the earthquake and we are not in position to go inside these buildings, as one of the verandah has fallen already.
There are about 50 girls and 10 staff staying outside at the grounds. They do not have electricity and water now. We also have 13 Norwegian citizens there of whom about 10 are young adults aged 18-20 years, who went there for an exchange programme. We need to bring all the girls to a safer place and arrange for alternative stay and for food until we are able to make sure that the buildings do not collapse. Our girls are also very scared as they come from various risk backgrounds and are away from their parents or have no parents.
The office buildings in Kathmandu and the building of Child Helpline also have some cracks and we need to assess for safety to enter into these buildings. We want to mobilise volunteers in all the districts where we run Child Helplines so that children are reached soonest possible for any immediate help they need. We urge the government and authority to pay special attention to the rescue and support of children in affected areas. We also request all the civil society members, INGOS, NGOs and volunteer groups to please look for children while you are providing any assistance to the earthquake survivors and take special care of them.
Child Helpline 1098 run by CWIN Nepal in cooperation with the
Government of Nepal and Nepal Telecom Authority
Sumnima (00 977 9851052545)
Madhav (00977 9851035520)
Bharat (00977 9851082900)