The world is in shock after a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday, the worst the country has seen for over 80 years. At the time of writing, the death toll stands at over 4,310 with over 7,000 injured, dozens stranded on Mount Everest and hundreds of thousands left without shelter after their homes were destroyed. Many people are still unaccounted for, and there are shortages of water, food and electricity, as well as serious concerns about the potential spread of disease.
We at Our Sansar are incredibly thankful that all of the children and staff at our children’s home in Birgunj, Nepal, are safe but there are so many more that are not. Unicef estimates that over 1 million children have been “severely” affected and, though the international aid effort is being stepped up, Nepal is one of the poorest countries in Asia and is little equipped to cope with a humanitarian disaster on this scale.
So what can you do to help?
Major aid organisations and the international community are already doing an amazing job; however, the majority of the aid effort is focussed around the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, and other areas with high population density. There are many badly affected villages and communities in more rural areas outside the reach of international agencies and NGOs and that are yet to receive any help.
From our position in Southern Nepal near the Indian border, and through our connections with local organisations, we are able to reach these remote communities and, with your help, provide them with blankets, tents and much-needed toiletries. Our children’s home is able to provide shelter to displaced and now homeless kids. Your money will make a real difference to people whose lives have been shattered by this devastating natural disaster. Please donate today and help some of Nepal’s poorest people rebuild their lives.
Donate here and make a difference: http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/urgent-appeal-nepal-earthquake-relief/
This is how your money could help:
£7 will buy a tent, providing shelter to a homeless family
£16 will buy toiletries for 12 households
£33 will buy 10 blankets to keep the families warm
£63 will help us transport goods from the Indian border to a mountain village.
If you are looking for someone who is missing in Nepal, you can use the Google Person Finder: https://google.org/personfinder/2015-nepal-earthquake