Sathya Sai International Organisation Nepal (SSION) has been providing need based service on 12 affected districts of Nepal right after the massive Earthquake of 7.8 Richter Scale on 25th April 2015. It has been more than a week since the earthquake and relief services has taken momentum with an increasing participation of Sai volunteers, effective division of work and the Sai volunteers tirelessly packing and carrying relief packages to possible nook and corner of devastated villages. The 14 service centers divided geographically are now working simultaneously to serve about 10 villages in a day.
The Hot meals service in Tribhuvan University teaching hospital has been continuing and about 500 meals are distributed each day to earthquake victim patients and their caretakers only. An opposition leader during his hospital visit enquired the patient, “Who is giving you food?” Prompt came the reply “Sai Baba is feeding us.” The service has been very well appreciated and even telecasted in National news bulletin.
The relief services is now focused more on the hilly areas which at times require several hours of walk to steep and slippery narrow lanes. In a given day, about 1000 packets relief packages are being distributed. The first type commonly contains Rice, pulses, Salt, Oil and weighs about 8 kgs for each family. The second type also fondly called as snacks relief packages, commonly include beaten rice/puffed rice, Chau Chau (ready to eat dry noodles) and biscuits. Apart from this, post maternity mothers and infant, very old age people and chronic patients have been provided with warm clothes, blankets and mattresses. This personal touch to service is received with very emotional gesture at times.
To reach out to absolute destitute, SSION is also working in collaboration with Government in certain areas. For instance, tarpaulins were airlifted from Pokhara, Kaski to remote villages of Gorkha in collaboration with Nepal Army to reach devastated areas that required more than 12 hours of walk off the road. Another instance, on 2nd May 2015, SSION had prepared a special relief package containing snacks packages, mattresses and tents to be distributed 150 families of a remote village of Makawanpur district, about 150 kms south west from Kathmandu. Sai volunteers in this service site were joined by different government and non government authorities for distribution. A Member of Parliament, Ex Member of Parliament, Chief District Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Nepal Police and officials from Civil Society worked in unison, who at the end expressed their appreciation of service undertaken by SSION.
Thus, the service is on full swing. However, tarpaulins and tents still have high demand but acute supply. SSION is still working on variety of sources to procure tarpaulins to distribute the same. May Bhagawan continue to guide us and give us forbearance in these turbulent times!