Nepalese co-operatives have set out a plan to help members affected by floods across 35 of the country’s districts.
The four days of heavy rain beginning on 11 August led to the death of 123 people with an additional 35 declared missing. So far 18,320 families are confirmed to have been displaced and 75,000 families have been affected by the flooding. The Red Cross estimated it needed more than USD $3.5m to help people in Nepal.
NACCFL, the Nepal Cooperative Central Federation Limited, has received requests from member co-operatives for assistance and is seeking financial support from the International Co-operative Alliance to carry out relief activities in coordination with the District Agriculture Federation (DAF).
The emergency fund will be distributed to co-ops on the ground in these disaster struck areas in order to allow them to rebuild. Co-operatives UK’s appeal will channel funds through the International Co-operative Alliance to enable long-term support to reach co-operatives in affected countries.
NACCFL’s programme will focus on providing access to basic health services, introducing income-generating activities providing vegetable seeds and seedlings for horticulture and building warehouses. It will give priority to co-operative members from the worst affected areas, particularly single women, disadvantage groups and those highly dependent on agriculture.
- Donations to the emergency fund can be made by contacting Co-operatives UK emailing [email protected] indicating the amount organisations wish to donate and their preference to contribute to development in south-east Asia or the Caribbean.