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Nepal Earthquake: Dedication in a time of crisis

DSC07745 Britt cropped and resizedCAWST’s Brittany Coff is in Nepal and has provided this update about the work being done by CAWST’s Water Expertise and Training (WET) Centre partner there, ENPHO (Environmental and Public Health Organization), as part of the response to the devastating earthquake. See Brittany's first update here.

Today [Friday] I worked with ENPHO staff and volunteers making chlorine. 

The ENPHO staff members are extremely dedicated. They are responding to current emergency needs related to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), but they are also planning for the longer-term response to ensure it is coordinated and benefits those in need.

Volunteers I’ve spoken with have been through terrible personal experiences in the past week, and some are still living in tents. But they are positive and committed to helping in the recovery.

While working with the staff and volunteers today, I spoke with a few of them.

First I spoke with Bipin Dangol, ENPHO’s program manager, about ENPHO’s longer-term disaster response plans.

“ENPHO is communicating with the government and other organizations in Nepal to make sure the relief efforts are coordinated,” he told me. “So far, ENPHO has made plans to train and mobilize at least 200 youth volunteers to provide training on WASH awareness in the camps, with the expectation that many more volunteers will likely be needed. We are also planning to make and distribute 'WASH Kits', containing Piyush chlorine solution, hand sanitizer, information and other awareness materials. We will be providing water quality testing services, as well as doing latrine construction and WASH awareness campaigns in the coming months.”

Next, I spoke with Ash Kumar Khaitu, the WET Centre coordinator. He told me about conditions in the camps and what to expect as the earthquake response unfolds.

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