RANJANA - THE LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE
When you’ve lost everything in a disaster, it is often the little things that can help make life that much better.
“In all the materials we received today, I liked the comb the most! I have not combed my hair since we left home on Saturday when the floods hit. I also liked the toothbrush”, said 10-year-old Ranjana.
Ranjana, her four siblings and mother were lucky to escape devastating floods this past August. The worst in over a decade, the floods claimed the lives of thousands of people and affected millions more across Nepal, India and Bangladesh.
Unable to save their home or any of their possessions, Ranjana and her family found temporary safety in a makeshift shelter with hundreds of their neighbours. Tired, hungry, and with Ranjana’s little sister battling a fever, they worried about how they’d get through the next few days.
Fortunately, because of the help of supporters like you, our emergency teams were on the ground responding to the floods.
We distributed hundreds of tarpaulins and ropes to help families like Ranjana’s build their own shelters; “Having a new shelter means bigger space and some privacy”, explained Ranjana’s mother Sonita.
As well as shelter materials, Save the Children also supplied hygiene kits – full of those little but ultimately very important items like toothbrushes and water purifying tablets that helped to keep Ranjana and her family safe from waterborne diseases.