Thank you for your generous support. As of June 1, Canadian Lutherans have raised almost $370,000 in support of people affected by the earthquakes in Nepal.
The need is great
Shelter, food, water and sanitation, household items, education and psychosocial support are urgently needed. More than 850,000 homes have been completely or partially damaged, and more than 80 per cent of livestock, stored grains and seeds, and agriculture tools in the rural areas have been lost in the earthquakes. Because of this, food production has stopped. Likewise, more than 4,000 schools have been damaged. The estimate by aid agencies on the ground is that 500,000 students will need temporary child learning centers set up.
Lutheran World Federation: reaching those affected
As of May 28, CLWR partner the Lutheran World Federation reached more than 13,178 families in remote villages in the Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Sindhupalchowk, Dolkha and Rasuwa districts, delivering aid including blankets, tarps, hygiene kits and ready-to-eat food.
One such village is Dhusel, a community where the LWF has worked for eight years.
Out of the 338 houses that were there, at least 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.
In Gorkha district, the Lutheran World Federation 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 and farming tools were destroyed). 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 is needed. 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.
ACT Alliance response: Don’t forget Nepal
CLWR and the Lutheran World Federation are members of ACT Alliance and have joined with other ACT agencies in providing aid in Nepal.
Shelter is a top priority for the majority of affected people whose houses have either been completely destroyed or are unsafe to live in. ACT Alliance members are either procuring metal roofing sheets for distribution or preparing to use cash distribution for people to purchase them in their local markets. Research is ongoing involving several ACT members, including Lutheran World Federation, on the availability of these sheets and other materials in more remote areas of affected districts.
ACT Alliance Nepal forum has focused relief and humanitarian assistance work and psychosocial counseling in the nine most affected districts (Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Sindhupalchowk, Lamjung, Dhading, Rasuwa, Dolkha and Gorkha). Seventy temporary learning centers have been constructed at Bhaktapur and Lalitpur districts, and nineteen safe spaces for women and girls have also been set up across several of the target districts.
ACT Alliance partner agencies have reached thousands more people in initiatives including more than 80 medical camps in the Sindhupalchowk and Gorkha districts, and 15 water filtration systems installed in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Gorkha districts.
Lutherans in Nepal
LWF 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 were able to distribute items like blankets, tarps and ready-to-eat food to 400 families in Kathmandu within hours of the first 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.