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The Impact of Gasoline Shortage

Hello from the Namaste Team!

Nepal’s new constitution came into effect on September 20. Due to protests against the new constitution, the roads connecting India and Nepal have been blocked. This has caused imports of supplies such as fuel from India to slow down, resulting in a shortage of gasoline. Citizens are unable to drive their cars, and delivery of supplies by NGOs and international organizations are stagnating.

At JEN, the Nepalese project officer contacted various parties and managed to secure gasoline, enabling us to continue our distribution activities. This incident taught us the hard lesson of how seriously political conditions affect our activities, as well as the necessity to maintain a certain amount of fuel storage, no matter which country we operate in going forward.

As the villagers know well that gasoline is in need, they were genuinely surprised when JEN staff arrived to distribute supplies this week. They welcomed our staff as always, with very gentle smiles.

JEN has already completed distribution of daily items and bedding to 8,000 families and school supplies to 2,600 students in Sindhupalchok and Kavre districts. We will continue our efforts to secure gasoline this week, and strive to deliver supplies as soon as possible to all of the affected people in need of assistance.

Girl in first grade

On the way home from school

A mother told us that daily supplies provided by JEN are being helpful.

Your kind contribution will be delivered to people who were affected by the disaster through JEN.

October 8, 2015 in Nepal |