‘We need a house to live in’ | Mission East

‘We need a house to live in’

Man Kaji viser sit ødelagte hus, da han bærer nødhjælpen hjem.Man Kaji shows his destroyed house as he carries the emergency aid home.
Man Kaji and Maili Maya unpack the sanitary supplies they have received from Mission East and Medair.


In the aftermath of the Nepal earthquakes, the elderly and people with disabilities are some of the most vulnerable. Man Kaji and Maili Maya are some of the beneficiaries of Mission East’s relief efforts. The rebuilding commences after the monsoon.

Man Kaji stood on a hill with his bulls grazing on the pasture when the earth began to shake violently. The hillside began to slip and houses collapsed. The first thing he thought of was his wife. For the past nine years, Maili Maya had suffered from a mental illness, and he knew that she was at home in the house further down the hill.

A house in ruins

Man Kaji was close to passing out from fear, but still managed to run down to the house, where to his great relief he found Maili Maya safe. She was hiding in a corner of the cellar that had not collapsed. He managed to pull her out of the house, after which they both inspected the devastation. Over half of the house had collapsed, and the rest is now an uninhabitable ruin.

Alone and childless

In the small village of Piskar, far up in the mountains where Man Kaji and Maili Maya live, over 90% of the houses collapsed. Neighbours and relatives still managed to build a small shed for the couple, where they have crammed all their belongings onto the compacted clay floor.

“First the military helped us to put up a tent, but it leaked when it rained,” said Man Kaji. “This shed is better, but we need a proper house to live in. We don’t know what to do,” he said.  “We have no children to help us to rebuild the house.”

Aid on the way

After handing out relief supplies to eight village municipalities in Sindhupalchowk district, Mission East started the reconstruction phase. However, the work that Mission East plans to do together with their partner Medair can only really begin when the monsoon rains and mudslides stop towards the end of August. So far, tools have been distributed to tear down the houses that are in danger of collapsing and to collect the rubble. There have also been toilets set up, hygiene kits distributed and training delivered in sanitary practices to ensure that the situation is not exacerbated by diarrheal diseases.


Mission East and Medair provide for the most vulnerable

Mission East and Medair work systematically to ensure that the most vulnerable groups receive the emergency aid they need. These include, among others, the elderly, the casteless (Dalits), and people with disabilities.

  • Pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities are lined up in special rows when supplies are distributed, so that everyone is given equal access to emergency aid.
  • Special information through posters and home visits ensures that everyone receives the necessary information.
  • The local volunteers participating in the supply distributions are asked to speak respectfully to recipients of emergency aid regardless of caste, gender or ethnicity.
  • Members of the emergency aid work’s local steering committees are made up of both men and women from all groups of society, including Dalits and people with disabilities.