The earthquake in Nepal on April 25 has mobilized SAP Canada members, former members and allies to respond to both the immediate emergency needs as well as longer-term reconstruction.
Below is an alphabetical compilation of excerpts of our members’ and friends’ reports and their appeals for donations. Please contact email@example.com for corrections and additional information.
Here is what ADRA Nepal is reporting from the field as of April 26, 7:00AM EST. “The casualty count is still rising rapidly. It is now at 1900 deaths and expected to go to at least 5,000. The number of injured is estimated at 50,000. The number of people who have been displaced from their homes is estimated at one million. Local hospitals have been overwhelmed with the injured. Supplies are running low or already depleted. The need for temporary shelter is high. Emergency supplies of food and water are critical.” Read more
Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR)
“LWF staff members distributed tarpaulins, hygiene kits and ready-made food to about 400 families in Kathmandu over the weekend, despite being displaced from their homes themselves. Along with assessing the situation in remote communities, LWF priorities are now to provide water, sanitation and hygiene materials, as well as emergency shelter to people who lost their homes or who are staying outside for fear of aftershocks.” Read more
“The most immediate needs during this critical time are shelter, medical support, food, and clean water. CARE has over 150 staff in Nepal already working in the majority of the most affected districts. CARE’s initial response aims to reach 100,000 people with lifesaving aid such as emergency shelter, and clean water. CARE Canada is part of the Humanitarian Coalition, which brings together Canada’s leading aid agencies to finance relief efforts in times of international humanitarian crisis. To donate or learn more visit www.together.ca.” Read more.
Christian Children’s Fund
“CCFC’s primary concern is for the care and protection of children affected by the earthquake,” says Jim Carrie, Vice President, Global Operations, CCFC. “We are working with our ChildFund Alliance colleagues in Nepal to ensure the immediate needs of children are met. ‘There is an urgent need for food, water, medicine and shelter,’ says Mariko Tanaka, country director of ChildFund Nepal. “Currently there is no electricity. Communication lines are also down. Many people have been displaced from their homes and spent the night out in the open. There are many people injured and hospitals are unable to handle the situation.” Read more.
Les événements survenus au Népal samedi dernier ont profondément touché toute l’équipe de L’ŒUVRE LÉGER. C’est pourquoi notre organisation en est présentement à mettre sur pieds une équipe de bénévoles qui partira en direction de Katmandou le 28 avril. Notre équipe, coordonnée par notre gestionnaire des programmes en Asie, Anna Tyszkiewicz, rejoindra notre coordonnatrice locale à Katmandou, nos organismes partenaires népalais, et l’équipe de GlobalMedic, et travaillera en étroite collaboration avec les autorités locales, les instances de coordination de l’ONU, et les communautés affectées. Lisez-plus
International Development and Relief Fund (IDRF)
“A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake has struck Nepal – the largest earthquake in 81 years in the region. Strong aftershocks are continuing and many people are sleeping in the open, fearful of returning to their homes. The death toll is rising as new information becomes available, and 70% of houses have been destroyed in the earthquake’s epicentre. The hospitals are becoming overwhelmed, and there is great need for food, clean water,
shelter and medical aid. IDRF is sending some funds immediately to provide urgent aid, and will help with further efforts depending upon the generosity of your response.” Read more.
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF)
“PWRDF has announced an initial grant of $20,000 in relief funds for Nepal after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake devastated the region between Kathmandu and Pokhara on Saturday. To date, over 3700 people are known to have died in the quake and 6500 have been injured as buildings in both cities and the towns and villages in between were damaged or destroyed. PWRDF is responding through the ACT Alliance. ACT members with offices in Kathmandu began providing immediate relief– food, water, shelter and medical supplies– within hours of the quake, and are currently determining what the greatest needs are as they coordinate their response. PWRDF will continue to be in contact with ACT to determine the need for support, and will react accordingly.” Read more
Save the Children
“With nearly two million children feared affected by Saturday’s deadly earthquake in Nepal – which has claimed more 3,500 lives to date – Save the Children has begun the distribution of much-needed aid in Kathmandu Valley. ‘As the sheer devastation of the recent earthquake becomes clearer, we know that children have been the most affected by this disaster,’ says Roger Hodgson, Deputy Country Director for Save the Children in Nepal. ‘Despite the difficulties in reaching some of the hardest-hit regions, Save the Children is mobilising much-needed items to help these children and their families. Helping those most affected by this disaster will continue to be our top priority in the coming days, weeks and months.’ To assist those displaced by the quake, the charity has begun the delivery of 136 tarpaulins in Kathmandu, while in the earthquake-affected Bhaktapur district, 180 baby packs – which include children’s clothes, blankets and soap – are being distributed to those in need. Save the Children will also begin distributing many more items to some of the hardest-hit regions outside Kathmandu Valley, including Gorkha and Sindhupalchowk districts. The charity has launched a fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $50 million USD to assist with its aid efforts. Read more
“I’ve just received an update from Pratap Shrestha, our senior scientific advisor in Nepal. The preliminary updates he has received indicate that there have been few casualties among the farmers USC Canada works with. However, there has been serious damage to property and livestock in many of the areas where we work. Unfortunately, the Rasuwa district, where USC Canada worked for many years, has been hit hard. To all those who have already contributed in support of the people in Nepal, we thank you. To those who haven’t yet contributed, I can assure you that the people in Rasuwa need your help. According to preliminary reports, Rasuwa is one of the most affected districts in Nepal. As of yesterday, it is has been reported that more than 500 people have died, more than 80 per cent of houses have been severely damaged, and livestock loses are extremely high. Our trusted local partner, Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research, and Development (LI-BIRD), is assessing the damage and casualties in Rasuwa and has started its preparation to get the support to the affected communities.” Read more.
Also see, Kate Green’s reaction on her blog post: Nepal’s Long Road to Recovery
“World Accord has a partner organization on the ground in Kathmandu that will be involved in the relief efforts. They will be providing tents food and medicines to those in relief camps in the remote Nuwakot district. While we are primarily a development organization, when we have people on the ground in countries hit by such disasters, we simply must respond to help our partners do what they can for the survivors and help get the country back on its feet. Thank you for your assistance.”
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“Today, World Renew is meeting with its staff in Bangladesh as well as several Christian alliances and church organizations to determine how it can best respond to the great needs in Nepal and its neighboring countries. “As Christians, we are called to shine God’s love in times of pain,” said Kenneth Kim, World Renew’s Director of Disaster Response and Rehabilitation. “We are assessing possible responses with our partners and colleagues at this time. Given the devastation, we will likely provide both immediate assistance in terms of food, water and temporary shelter as well as longer term rehabilitation as those affected recover and rebuild in the aftermath.” Read more.