A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal on April 25, killing more than 8,000 people and injuring more than 14,000 (as of May 7). Thousands of villages have been destroyed, leaving many thousands without proper shelter. With monsoon season approaching, securing medium-to-long term shelter for those left homeless becomes even more urgent. As many as 90 per cent of clinics and schools in some districts are unusable. The United Nations reported on April 29 that 2.8 million people have lost their homes or have been forced to stay elsewhere, while at least 3.5 million people urgently need food supplies. The UN says that 8.1 million people in total need some sort of emergency assistance.
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Lutherans are responding
Our partner, the Lutheran World Federation, has been working in Nepal for decades, which has given them the resources and experience needed to provide relief quickly. There is an “Emergency Hub” of staff members and aid items located in Kathmandu, which meant that LWF staff could distribute items like blankets, tarps and ready-to-eat food to 400 families in Kathmandu within hours of the earthquake.
You can be proud to know that existing Lutheran development support has given many Nepalese communities coping skills and resources that will help them rebuild, and the LWF has the experience, influence and resources to address urgent emergency needs right now, as well as long-term recovery.
Your donations help support remote villages
Together with ACT Alliance partner agencies, LWF has reached out to remote communities in the Lalitpur district, delivering aid including blankets, tarps and food. One such village is Dhusel, a community where the LWF has worked for eight years.
Out of the 338 houses that were there, 300 have collapsed entirely. Four people died in the earthquake, as well as many animals – the wealth and livelihood of the people. The community is already organizing itself, working together to salvage belongings and build new shelters. To start, the LWF is discussing with the community how to best provide medium-term shelter.
Beyond Kathmandu valley
Support is now extending to difficult to reach districts very close to the epicentre of the earthquake. In Gorkha district, the LWF will respond in the area around Barpak. They will provide integrated support, meaning it will provide all the relief a village needs. In Gorkha, this will most likely cover a wider range. People here have lost family members, homes and livelihoods (many livestock were killed in collapsed stables). With the monsoon rains about to start, shelter is the most urgent priority, followed by reconstruction. Since some people’s livelihoods are gone, food assistance will be needed in a few weeks’ time. Where toilets and water pipes have been damaged, LWF will provide water, sanitation and hygiene. Psychosocial support will help people deal with the trauma of the earthquake and make sure that vulnerable people are not overlooked.
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The Canadian government is matching dollar-for-dollar all donations made towards Nepal earthquake relief between April 25 to May 25. If you give today, you will double your gift’s reach.