a home for Christmas Appeal
Please help rebuild lives after a massive landslide destroyed homes.
As we prepare to celebrate Christmas with our loved ones, it can be so easy to take a safe, warm home for granted. But for the people in Jaljala, Nepal, the safety of home is currently out of reach. With winter approaching, many of them are living in tents and temporary shelters, erected on neighbours’ land.
We need your help this Christmas to give them a home.
In July 2018, heavy rains caused a massive landslide. It crashed down the hills at midnight, burying everything in its way. It surprised families in their sleep, ripping through their homes - without any warning or a chance to escape. The landslide swept away peoples’ belongings, their valuables, their animals – everything they had.
The landslide hit an extremely poor neighbourhood. Many of them are so poor that they don’t even own a plot of land. They earn their living by collecting sand from the river to sell it at the local market, or work as farmhands. The poorest of the poor, are left with virtually nothing.
Anita's Story: The horrible landslide made us homeless
Fifteen year old Anita (pictured with her younger brother) always dreamt of becoming a doctor. She used to love going to school and worked hard to make her dream come true. Her father died many years ago and her mother earned just enough to meet their basic needs by growing and selling vegetables, and rearing cattle.
She told us 'This horrible landslide has destroyed everything. It took all our belongings, washed away our crops and killed most of our cattle. We are now staying with neighbours. Looking after and feeding the cattle has become very hard work and I may no longer be able to go to school. Now, becoming a doctor will be only a dream.'
Anita, her Mum and little brother are currently staying with neighbours. They are struggling to look after their cattle, their only source of income. The family is hoping to have their own plot of land and a home soon to start rebuilding their lives.
could pay a week’s wages for a local worker to help build a house
could buy basic building material for the construction of a house
could pay for enough corrugated iron sheets to cover half a roof
Bom and his wife lost their only son when the landslide hit their home. They and their surviving children are currently living with relatives, but this is becoming increasingly difficult. Their relatives have a large family, and food, clothes, personal health and hygiene are a real issue for both families.
Sante, his wife, their four boys and daughter-in-law, ran for their lives when the landslide struck their house. Their youngest son got buried in the rubble, but they were able to rescue him. The family lost all their possessions and the young boy is deeply traumatised. ‘We weren’t able to save our property’, Sante says ‘but we were able to save our son.’
After Devi’s husband committed suicide last year, she moved in with her son, grandson and daughter in law. Since the landslide completely destroyed her son’s home the family is staying in a rented room at a neighbour’s house. The house is overcrowded and the family struggles to find the money to pay the rent.
INF's Disaster Relief Fund in Action
Thanks to donations to INF’s Disaster Relief Fund, our partner organisation A C N was able to respond immediately after the landslide struck the village. Within a few days, the landslide victims received food, practical items such as toiletries, tents, bedding and mosquito nets. In order to establish a sense of normality quickly, children could come and collect thoughtfully packed, brand new school bags with pencils, notebooks and other supplies, so that they could go back to school. We don't want to stop this good work. Please help us to rebuild these families lives and give the gift of a new home for Christmas.
How you can help now
Please donate. Any donations will be gratefully received and will make a huge difference in building new homes for the families affected by the landslide. Thank you.