Nepal boys eating food

Young boys in temporary shelter enjoy a meal provided by ACT Alliance partners in Nepal — ACT/DCA/Shikhar Bhattarai

The earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25 and the subsequent quake of May 12 has taken a toll on country.  As of June 3, the Government reported more than 500,000 homes destroyed, about 280,000 homes damaged, and more than 8,700 dead from the earthquakes.

An estimated 2.8 million people are still in need of humanitarian assistance, include approximately 864,000 people who lost their homes in hard to reach areas.  A primary concern is the expectation of impending monsoon rains that would further isolate remote villages.

PDA Response

PDA continues to respond to Nepal as a member of ACT Alliance. All ACT partners active in the earthquake response have a permanent presence in Nepal and benefit from substantial experience in development and humanitarian programming in Nepal, both directly implemented and implemented through local Nepali partner organizations. 

In the first four weeks following the earthquake, ACT members in Nepal have been — and continue to be — engaged in emergency, life sustaining activities. Distribution and services to over 220,000 earthquake-affected individuals have been made based on rapid assessments of ACT members, the Nepal government, and UN and NGO coordination groupings. Distribution has included:

  • ready-to-eat food and two week food rations;
  • Non-food items [NFIs] ( Basic survival household equipment like kitchen utensils, baby kits, quilts, water filters and dignity kits);
  • tarpaulins for emergency shelter;
  • family water treatment and personal hygiene kits. 

 The above distributions were to earthquake displaced families in informal camps and open sites within the three districts of the Kathmandu Valley (Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur), plus five severely earthquake-affected rural districts of Sindhupalchowk, Gorkha, Dhading, Rasuwa, and Lamjung.

Focus on Children

Of particular concern is the welfare of thousands of children who have been affected in more ways than one – distressed, displaced and traumatized by the scenes of devastations all around them. In addition to the basic humanitarian needs, education kits have been distributed to children in temporary shelters, and individuals have received psychosocial support.

An estimated 840,000 children are without a school to return to due to the destruction of school buildings and classrooms.  Five temporary child-friendly spaces and 250 temporary learning spaces are being constructed in three districts to accommodate some of these children. Children and teachers alike will be provided with basic learning and teaching materials, and specific activities with children, sensitization of parents, and training for school teachers will be an integral part of the psychosocial assistance.

How you can help

The needs for this response will be great. God's people are once again called to stand in the GAP for disaster survivors.

Give.  Financial assistance will be needed to help with the response. Financial gifts can be designated to DR999999 with a reference to Nepal. Give through your local congregation, online, or by mailing a check to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) P.O. Box 643700 Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.

Act.  Please refer to the PDA material Aid policy concerning material donations.  Like us on facebook and share updates with your congregation.

Pray.  Pray for the people of Nepal who once again are seeking safety in open areas; and  pray for our partners and all who are engaged in the relief and recovery efforts. .

 

 
 

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