Cheki Sherpa, a 65 year old woman, is a resident of Listi VDC, Ward No 6, Sindhu palchowk. She lives in Thali Chaur IDP Camp from 10th May 2015 after the devastated earthquake. She is a married woman and because she is childless, her husband had abandoned her long ago. She does not remember even the time exactly. She had sustained her livelihood by making “Local Raksi” (Local alcohol), as a porter and as an agriculture labor. She says, now no one gives her work because of her age and declining capacity. Thus she is struggling for her livelihood.
After earthquake she also ran away to a safe place. Despite of sliding stones, she managed to go there with the help of villagers. She, along with her village people spent there for 15 days. They do not have any basic things to survive on. According to her, she slept and sit on her slippers like others do. They are afraid of going back to home even to pick up necessary things. No food, no blankets, nothing at all, but the togetherness of people made them survive.
On 1st May she landed at Kathmandu with others at Thali Chaur IDP Camp. The beautiful part of her is, now she is taking care of a two year old girl child. The girl’s father is visually impaired and mother died just 3 months ago. Cheki Sherpa is the nearest in family, so she took the responsibility to raise the child.
During her stay at the camp, she looked after the children and cooked food at child friendly centre run by local community based organization called “Aama Samuha”. Now, when the camp is closed, there is no option to her to return her home, so she continues to live in nearby the camp area.
This is her new challenge to cop, taking care of little girl without any other regular earning. How long she can be capable to take care of herself and the little child? What happens if she or the girl becomes sick? Food, education, health and shelter are big challenges for her.
Observed, interviewed and written by: Suman Rani Shahi, NCV