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We like giving and like useful gifts that encourage positive change! This Father's Day we invite you to send a gift of life.
- Education for children in Bangladesh
- A 'smoke-free' stove for a family in Bangladesh
- Coffee seedlings for farmers in Papua New Guinea
These are gifts that will support Banzaid's goal of restoring life for communities in the countries where we work.
I am Zena and I have been helping out a bit in the Banzaid office. The Development world is an area of interest for me, and I have 10 or so years of experience in the field. I wanted to continue my involvement with development things and get some experience of what happens in the development sector at the New Zealand end so offered to be helpful. My first task toward the end of last year was to bundle up some gifts for the new online gift-store which was a fun way to start.
My job finished in February and I was quite aware that it might take some time until I found something suitable. I needed to do something to mitigate boredom, keep my mind working and use the time to contribute to some greater good so I became a temporary fixture in the corner of the Banzaid office.
It is more than a month since the initial earthquake and the urgent need for substantial shelter that will withstand the monsoon wind and rain is increasing. There are still more than 500,000 Nepalese living without a roof over their heads. The BReaD Network (Baptist Relief and Development Network) found that it would take around US$6,000,000 in order to replace all the houses that have been destroyed in two small areas of the Dhading district alone. It has been hard to source enough tarpaulins for temporary shelter for people affected by the initial 7.8 earthquake on April 25. It is also expected that to obtain enough corrugated galvanised iron sheets, necessary for the construction of more substantial monsoon appropriate shelter, will be equally difficult. Shelters made out of corrugated iron can provide room for 5 family members, allow windows, ventilation and provide a liveable space that is expected to last at least 2 years. Shelters such as this survived a heavy storm in the Kathmandu Valley on May 23 and are considered a top priority for thousands of homeless to survive the monsoon season.
The monsoon rains are expected in June, and alongside worries surrounding the lack of shelter, monsoon rains will hamper relief and recovery efforts and possibly cause landslides in areas with already destabilised land. Continuing aftershocks are having an extended impact on the psychological wellbeing of people and levels of suicide and trauma are increasing.