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Emergency Relief & Disaster Management

Program Fees Emergency Relief and Disaster Management

Nepal is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters of potentially catastrophic dimensions ranging from earthquakes, floods/landslides, fire, avalanches, storms, epidemics and droughts.  When one of these disasters takes place, authorities cannot provide emergency relief and cope without aid from abroad and NGOs.  This is your opportunity to make a difference and take action to prepare local communities for disaster management.

Nepal is a complex geography of flat lands, hillsides and mountains with a stunning natural beauty that belies its danger.  Terai, the flatland, is susceptible to flood, while the hill areas will experience landslide.  The mountains remain the prey of cyclonic winds that claim the crops in spring and hailstorms that claim them in summer and winter.  Kathmandu is prone to earthquakes; the last significant one in 1934 took over 3000 lives and data suggests that one takes place approximately every 75 years.

While the government has strategic measures in place, their efforts alone will not bring much-emergency relief and recovery to affected areas.  With a poor infrastructure and poorly built homes, emergency relief will take longer and more people will be displaced in the event of a disaster.  It is largely acknowledged that as well as improving post-event aid, pre-event measures need to be taken, including providing a boost to the coping strategies and mechanisms of effected communities.

VIN seeks volunteers to assess preparedness for disaster management among the local community.  You will create disaster risk reduction strategies, and raise awareness about the need for disaster management preparation within the community.  Participants in VIN’s emergency relief and disaster management project will conduct research and prepare lists of organisations working in this area and develop networks.

During your placement you will live in a home stay with a Nepali family.  This will allow you the opportunity to become immersed in the Nepali culture and language.

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