In Photos: A Look at Our Emergency Response Efforts in Nepal
With monsoon season fast approaching, we work quickly and diligently to protect children and families
All photos: Credit Daniel Burgui Iguzkiza for Action Against Hunger
Editor’s Note: Action Against Hunger is pleased to have renowned photojournalist Daniel Burgui Iguzkiza reporting for us on the ground in Nepal. All photos in this essay are credited to Daniel Burgui Iguzkiza for Action Against Hunger.
In the photo above, 20-year-old Dulga Rai takes a rest under the shadow of a tree in the village of Chaughada in Nuwakot, after breastfeeding her twin six-month-old babies, Samira and Sandee. She is one of the women participating in the mental health care practices program led by Action Against Hunger in this area badly affected by the recent earthquakes. She has two more children, ages two and three. The whole village was destroyed, so she is still sleeping in a tent with her husband, her kids, her father-in-law, and other relatives. “Action Against Hunger has helped me to manage the stress and talk openly with other women, but I’m still afraid about my children, especially the babies, and I do not know what we will do when the rainy season will start. We still do not have a proper roof to be under,” she explains.
Above, children play in the village of Suryamati, in Nuwakot district, while their mothers attend a psychosocial support session and receive counseling from an Action Against Hunger psychologist — both individually and as a group. In this space, under the biggest tree in the village where the community used to have meetings and organize social events, we have created a safe space for kids to play and forget their stresses after the catastrophe.
In the two images above, we meet two-year-old Anita Rai and nine-year-old Purnima Shrestha. Anita plays with other children in the village of Suryamati while her mother attends a psychosocial support session and a women’s counseling group as part of the mental health care practices program we started after the earthquake. Purnima is a very proactive and joyful girl. As one of the older girls in the village, she not only likes playing with other children, but she also likes helping our staff to play games and work on educational activities with the younger kids. She says that she would like to study to be a doctor.
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A month after the disaster, and with monsoon season kicking off, more than 70,000 children under five are now threatened by malnutrition and in need of humanitarian assistance and emergency nutrition services. Our goal is to protect the most vulnerable, including nursing mothers and children under the age of five. The map above shows where and how we’re helping the people of Nepal.