Disclaimer: these are working notes taken during the field visit. They are provided here to give a sense of the conversation that took place in the field, and to put evidence in context. The notes have not been edited to be a final product. They might contain some inaccuracies and glitches. Information, findings will be further revised by checking reports, by crosschecking additional evidence and in additional exchanges with key evaluation stakeholders
We start discussing with them if it is easy to get the information they need for reconstruction. A man say that they receive little information. He heard from DDC and other related institutions that there is Nepal Reconstruction Authority is formed. And the government will be sending engineers. He learnt this from media (e.g. television).
Most people here know this piece of information apart from a couple of people. Would it be important information to know? Yes, but we cannot trust information…. Other people in the group also heard this information, but they are still confused. They really do not know if assistance is coming to the ground. They would want us to clarify this information! Did they ever think of asking Save? No, they did not think about it. But they would want to have such meetings, where they receive information. Most of the meetings were about informing about the assistance that is coming, but now about giving this type of information. They did not think of asking Save. There are many committees that are very busy. They spend most of the time distributing, doing practical, and there is not much time for this type of discussion, which is important. There should be many more consultations and meetings So, what information and topics should be discussed? Rebuilding their houses: build back better. He heard about “build back better” and earthquake resistant house from media. But it was not discussed in the village. They need to get more technical information. They would also what to have more financial information. Cost estimation of the house. How much will a house cost? Do they have a good idea about how material cost? They do not know the prices of materials. Here only wood is available. When things were built here they did not receive budget information, and this information would have been useful.
Did they received information about assistance and financial information on past information, e.g. about cost of tlc? People do not know how much this TLC cost, and they are not given information about the cost of the CGI sheets.
Did they know what save / Tuki did in this village in the past. SAVE works on education but not on social development. Tuki does the same. They focus on the students. What did Save / Tuki did here? Seed distribution, tarpaulin, kitchen utensils, hygiene kits, education materials for the kids, bags, books, solar lamp. Do they feel they were well informed about these actions? There was a follow up to check if they received the material and about the quality. Some people are aware about it. They did home visit.
Did they all receive properly? For the hygiene kits, only 100 HH received them out of 600. Save said that things will be coming later. So who got the 100 kits? First come first served: they were told that there will be for everyone, and only the first people in the queue received some. They divided people by wards, and had different q, for each ward. (a ward would q at 8, one at 8:30… and so on). The WCF had given then the information on distribution. All went. They all received something (because also tarpaulin was distributed), but not all of them got the kits. Some some people think “I did not receive it, but it is fine”. But some people are still hopeful to get the kit. What did they do about it? They asked the representative of Save on the spot. “why my bucket is empty?” “you will get it in another bucket”. One month back a representative from save and tuki told “this was only for emergency” we move away now from it. Did they call Save of Tuki? They do not have the number. At that time thinks will come, they said… they were sure. Only one person got the number. When they were here he asked the phone number.
But people here, in general, do not have the phone number of save (they would not know where to get it) and do not feel like asking it. “they did not give us number, why should we ask”
How do they feel about this issue. If they give or not give, we do not have any control.
One person emphasize “Everybody should get because this is our right. We have a right to get it”. How does he know that he has a right? The international agencies should distribute for each and everyone.
Only this person things that “assistance is a right”. All other participants do not think so. . They think that assistance is that “some organizations wants to to provide something to us”. How do they feel about telling to agencies “you gave us something but we would have liked something else”. They do not feel it is appropriate. No one feel they can do so. No one told them this. Did organizations in the past year ever told them that they have a right to have assistance? No one told them this.
One man conclude: when assistance does not come for all, they say it is ok in front of you and then they will start fighting.