The village of Sertung in Dhading VDC was an additional project begun as part of a two week survey trek designed to evaluate where CCF might have the potential to intervene. As in the case of Thugman village,it was apparent that the earthquake had left many on the edge of exposure and in a dire predicament: the prospect of facing the himalayan winter at ~9,000ft with the typical shelter consisting of little more than a patchwork of tarps. In a season where temperatures drop well below zero and snowfall typically covers the landscape to a depth of several feet, the prospect of staying warm was a key issue to the entire community.
CCF’s initial project was to send two large duffel bags packed with donated knit hats and sweaters which were then distributed throughout the village to those most in need. The clothing itself was donated by Padhma Creations through Kesang Yudron, a business partner of GHT who helped with CCF’s immediate earthquake relief. The transportation and distribution of the clothing was organized by Yogendra Tamang, a local from Sertung who was interviewed by CCF representatives while they were staying there. These were then by CCF representative Yogendra Tamang.
Since this first distribution of clothing, and with the help of community volunteers, CCF has continued to support Sertung with more clothing (donated by friends of CCF in the USA) and the distribution of 200 winter blankets to several communities in Sertung VDC. These two-ply Lotus blankets are large enough to comfortably cover several family members (160x220cm) and will serve approximately 600 individuals living in villages at high altitudes in the mountains which, due to their extremely remote location, have received little aid in response to the earthquake, and nearly none in preparation for winter. As Setung is a three day walk from the nearest road head, each of these 200 blankets were transported by hand into the mountains and to the villages by local porters. These blankets were delivered successfully on 9th of February!
Letter from Yogendra:
“Thank you so much for your kind donations and thanks a lot from me and all villagers of Sertung and Chalish, they were very happy when they got that very warm blanket and they were saying Namaste to all helping hands. It was still cold there and it was big rain before we leave from Sertung and it was snowing next hill of village. We were happy to deliver those thing in our village and this all credit goes to you and all CCF Team, if you would not help, it was no possible to take in remote village like Sertung.” Cameron, Grant, Yogendra, and his young son passing along the first delivery of clothing to Sertung