Preliminary Assessment Report

The most pivotal finding is of the critical gaps that exist between the food supplies, volunteer labor, monetary resources, local knowledge, and distribution networks.
The Metta Family Kathmandu Relief Team (KRT) has surveyed the city and its surroundings for two days, covering land by motorcycle and foot. During informal interviews with local people, camp directors, army headquarters, and volunteer groups, several needs have been identified, including both supplies and services.

The KRT was able to meet with small volunteer groups who had labour resources and local knowledge to execute successful relief efforts, but who lacked monetary or supply resources. Likewise, the KRT came into contact with individuals or groups who had food or water supplies, but who lacked the information and local storage and distribution networks to reach those in need.

The KRT finds that it can play a critical role in connecting resources with local distribution networks, filling this gap in disaster relief efforts. We consider this role to be of primary importance, as it will give local aid workers the resources they need to be the most effective in the communities they are most familiar with. Likewise, the KRT will work to connect local supplies and suppliers with externally established distribution networks (for example who may fly into isolated areas) both in the Kathmandu Valley and in affected areas near Pokhara.