WE THANK The Straits Times for highlighting the relief support and aid work by Singapore non-governmental organisations (NGOs), religious groups, and private-sector and government agencies ("Rush to build shelters in Nepal as monsoon looms" and "Help channels"; both published on Sunday).
On behalf of the Nepalese Society Singapore and the Nepalese community in Singapore, we thank all Singaporean organisations and individuals for their generosity and kind support to Nepal and to the Nepalese people.
To date, the Nepalese Society Singapore has distributed more than 50 tents, tarpaulins, 2,000 blankets, 100 sleeping bags, as well as emergency medical supplies to several affected areas.
These were donated by Nepalese and Singaporeans.
Almost half a million water purification tablets have been shipped for distribution to prevent waterborne diseases.
The society has also raised more than $60,000, including the amount raised through the photography exhibition When The Mountains Called, jointly organised by renowned photographer Edwin Koo and his organisation Kathmandu Inside Out. The proceeds will be disbursed through Nepalese NGOs for approved activities.
As a mid-term initiative, we are currently working with a number of Nepalese NGOs and grassroots organisations to help build 500 transitional metal shelters in several districts, targeting low-income and marginalised communities.
Our long-term effort focuses on the reconstruction of five schools completely destroyed by the earthquake. Our fund-raising effort is focused on this initiative.
Readers may get updates of our efforts through our Facebook page www.facebook.com/NepaleseSocSG
Kishore Dev Pant
Nepalese Society Singapore