Closing Ceremony of Gorkha Earthquake 2015 Response Programme and Social Audit 2018/19

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On Phagun 10, 2075 (Feb 22, 2019), Asal Chhimekee Nepal (ACN) conducted a joint programme for Social Audit 2075 and Gorkha Earthquake Response Programme (Disaster Resilience Assistance Programme) closing ceremony in presence of Chief Guest, Honorable Minister Ramsaran Basnet, Ministry of Physical Infrastructure Development, Gandaki Province.

Social Audit 2075 was ACN’s fifth Social Audit. The programme was facilitated by representatives of Radio Gorkha (community Radio of Gorkha) – Mr. Narhari Sapkota and Mr Bikash Marhattha. There was a significant number of participation of stakeholders including government officials of national, district and local levels and beneficiaries from Kaski, Nawalparasi, Gorkha and Parbat districts. The main purpose of conducting Social Audit 2075 was to share information about the achievement of the fiscal year 2074-75 (2017-2018), work implementation as well as organization’s governance, finances and to receive feedback from stakeholders in order to make the programmes more effective in future.

Gorkha Earthquake 2015 Response Programme was the programme initiated in response to the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on 25th April 2015. Beyond the initial relief phase, ACN has been continuously working to support the resilience of the earthquake survivors in partnership with many generous people and organizations who provided resources to us and in very close coordination with the government and other line agencies. Throughout the programme period, ACN has been able to provide relief materials to the earthquake survivors focusing on the most needy and isolated communities for their survival. Similarly, ACN  has been supporting recovery of health and livelihood, reconstruction of schools, health posts and ward office, conducting reconstruction skill training (mason, plumbing and electrician training) to support the reconstruction of the infrastructure including houses, as well as building capacity of people/communities by carrying out Disaster Risk Reduction trainings. The highlights of the intervention were presented at the ceremony.

ACN was highly appreciated for its contribution in response to Earthquake 2015 by the communities, government officials and other participated stakeholders. The Chief Guest and other distinguished guests highlighted in their speeches that ACN has set a model how the project should be carried out and how the government agencies should be coordinated and therefore, has a potential in future to work for and with government.

 ACN had an opportunity to express its earnest gratitude to government agencies, all supporters, donor agencies, volunteers, contractors, staff-team, PCC, and communities for their generous giving, prayers, direct or indirect involvement, and encouragement in work and for coordination making all possible for us. For ACN, it was an honor and joy to be a part of the effort in serving those who were in need of help and to be a channel of blessings to them.

Samuel Life in Other Word

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapor around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me, that it might be the mirror of my soul, as my soul is the mirror of the infinite God!

O my friend — but it is too much for my strength — I sink under the weight of the splendor of these visions! A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapor around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me.