Quake victims receive corrugated zinc sheets

Kathmandu, May 16

Nepal GoodWeave Foundation today said it would be constructing 95 houses within a year for earthquake victims who work in carpet factories.

Speaking at programme organised in Chautara of Sindhupalchowk today to hand over galvanised zinc sheets to quake victims, Ramkala Khadka, vice-president, NGF said it was committed to construct permanent houses for workers of carpet factories in Sindhupalchok with a year.

NGF today handed over two bundles of corrugated zinc sheets to each family of quake victims who are workers of member factories that export carpet.

The sheets were handed over by Khadka, Yubaraj Bhandari, General Secretary Dawa Sherpa, treasurer and Bikal Shrestha, a member said at a programme held today.

Briefing about the relief works done by NGF, Bhandari said they had rescued around 2,500 child workers from a carpet factory and handed over educational materials to them.

He further said they had also distributed daily commodities to carpet factory workers and their family members in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Kavre, Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha, Nuwakot, Dhading, Gorkha and other districts after the quake.

Sherpa, who is also a carpet factory owner, said work at a carpet factory should not be taken as a work of the poor and marginalised people, but as an opportunity for livelihood.

Sherpa said NGF would be organising a three-month training programme on weaving carpet for Nepali men and women. Thus anyone interested could join it and make a handsome earning in a carpet factory within the country and support development of this industry.

Durga Budhathoki Ranamagar expressed a sigh of relief after receiving the corrugated zinc sheets.

“Receiving corrugated zinc sheets before the beginning of monsoon will help us protect victims from rain,” he said expressing gratitude to the organisation.

Before the programme, the NGF had visited various villages such as Lavgaun, Sipadhat in Dubachaur VDC to monitor the various projects of the organisation and find an appropriate area for constructing houses for carpet factory workers.