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Earthquake in Nepal – Aid Efforts and How to Help
By admin April 27, 2015

Nepal Earthquake Picture

 

On Saturday, March 25th the small country of Nepal was struck by a massive 7.8 earthquake, with the epicenter only 50 miles from its capital and most populated city. The earthquake has triggered dozens of aftershocks and avalanches that are causing even more destruction to the nation. As of writing, over 3,800 Nepalese have lost their life, over 7,000 have been injured and it is feared that the death toll will increase substantially. Rescue workers are working around the clock searching for survivors and trying to reach the remote villages that were hit the hardest, however many are up to a weeks walk away and are inaccessible due to the destruction of the roads and other infrastructure that previously had allowed easier access to them.

Along with this, the country is experiencing shortages of every kind. Kathmandu has power outages throughout the city, medical supplies are waning and food and clean water are becoming harder to find. The country needs the international community’s assistance to help curtail the spread of disease, malnutrition, and other hardships during this already difficult time. UNICEF Nepal has stated that over 1 million children have been directly affected by the earthquake, many having been orphaned or having loss their homes and access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities. Many UN organizations are supplying health and sanitation kits, food and water rations, and temporary shelters but as more areas that have been drastically affected by the earthquake are reached, they will all need more supplies.

So far, 18 countries have come together and sent aid to Nepal. These have included the United States, Britain, China, India, France, Italy, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Switzerland, Norway, Singapore and South Korea. Of these, the United States alone has pledged to send a total of USD $10 million to the country along with 45 tons of aid, a USAID disaster team and a search and rescue team that has already been sent to Nepal.

Many other organizations are also conducting relief efforts. The World Health Organization has sent supplies and medical personnel to help treat the injured. World Vision is currently working to reach the remote communities that have not yet been accessed since the earthquake occurred. Charity:water, which has been implementing clean water projects in Nepal for the past five years, has now opened a relief fund to help with the supply of clean water, food, shelter, sanitation, hygiene, and emergency care for the injured. Meanwhile, the UN’s World Food Programme is on the ground mobilizing food and coordinating logistics, UNICEF has mobilized staff and emergency supplies to meet the critical needs of children including water and sanitation, nutrition, education and child protection, and UNHCR has sent 19,000 plastic sheets and 8,000 solar lamps to assist with all of those displaced from their homes.

However, all of these organizations will need the assistance of the international community to continue to provide the relief services so many in this country currently need. There are a number of different organizations to donate to, where even the smallest donation will help make a difference. Nepal has lost many of its temples, people, and infrastructure but they are resilient and will rebuild the beautiful nation once again and the assistance of the international community can help ensure that this happens.

If you would like to donate to the relief and aid efforts in Nepal, please consider the following:

UNICEF: http://www.supportunicef.org/site/c.dvKUI9OWInJ6H/b.9274583/k.FBFF/Help_Children_in_Nepal_Donate_for_earthquake_response.htm

UNHCR: http://www.unhcr.org/553e2afd6.html

World Food Programme: https://give.wfp.org/5279/?step=country&lead_source=2015-wfp-nepal-emergency&form_tag=2015-wfp-nepal-emergency

World Vision: http://donate.worldvision.org/nepal-quake

charity:water: http://www.charitywater.org/blog/nepal-is-in-need/

Save the Children, Red Cross, Global Giving, Friends Service Council Nepal, Oxfam, Goonj: http://time.com/3836242/nepal-earthquake-donations-disaster-relief/

For more information on how to help and the earthquake:

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/nepal-earthquake/orgs-nepal-work-prevent-public-health-crisis-n348811

http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/27/asia/nepal-earthquake/

http://www.unicef.org/media/media_81696.html

http://www.unhcr.org/553e2afd6.html

http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/25/world/nepal-earthquake-how-to-help/

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/04/25/nepal-earthquake-things-to-know/26367507/


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