Starving Chepang families get relief
MAKAWANPUR, JUL 03 -
Kher Singh Chepang of Damarang in Kankada VDC-7 was happy after he received 20 kg rice, three kg beaten rice, two kg sugar and some clothes as relief from the Nepal Army Wives’ Association (NAWA) on Monday.
“I had not eaten rice since Dashain,” said the 44-year-old while carrying the foodstuffs on his shoulder. He said his family was surviving on wild roots for the past three days without foodstuffs.
The NAWA provided the foodstuffs and clothes for 91 Chepang households from the VDC at Lothar bazaar. Kher Singh, who had never been to the bazaar earlier, had walked barefooted for seven hours to receive the relief materials.
According to Santalal Chepang, chairman of the Chepang Association in Makawanpur, Chepang families at Damarang and Dhirang in the VDC do not have any foodstuffs in their homes. Many Chepang families in the village, who neither have citizenship certificates nor own farmland, depend on wild fruits and roots for almost nine months every year.
NAWA Chairperson Kamala Gurung said they distributed the relief materials after learning that Chepang people in the villages were starving. Senior army officers, including Army Chief Chhatra Man Singh Gurung, were present in the relief distribution programme.
Posted on: 2012-07-03 08:36