Women receive food from local ACT Alliance and DCA partners in Nepal.

Women receive food from local ACT Alliance and DCA partners in Nepal. — ACT/DCA/Shikhar Bhattarai

Nepal continues to struggle following the April 25 earthquake. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake was the most powerful earthquake to hit the region since the Bihar earthquake of 1934, and its impact has been devastating in terms of loss of life and destruction of infrastructure. 

The earthquake caused more than 7300 deaths, left more than 14,000 injured, and an estimated 2.8 million without shelter. Priority needs at this time are: shelter, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), psychosocial support, food, non-food items (NFI) and education. 

 As one of the least developed countries, Nepal’s capacity to respond to the massive humanitarian needs are limited, and the government of Nepal has appealed to the international community to assist.

PDA response

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is responding to immediate needs through ACT Alliance. One Great Hour of Sharing funds have been provided assist local ACT partners who were already present in Nepal prior to the earthquake, in the distribution of food, shelter and clean water in earthquake-impacted areas.

PDA will also be supporting the recent appeal from ACT Alliance that  identifies assistance to 125,000 persons in 11 of the most severely affected districts. The target population is particularly vulnerable from having experienced the loss of family members and destruction of their homes and livelihoods in the earthquake. Shelter is a top priority for the 70,000 families whose homes were destroyed. Additional priorities include the provision of food and household items, as well as supplying clean water and installing or rehabilitating sanitation systems in camps and established neighborhoods.

Needs assessments are ongoing. PDA is committed to the long-term response and is exploring further opportunities for action through other partners in the region, including mission partners in India and Indonesia who are offering 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.  That the witness of Christ’s love will be shown by the response of the faith community to survivors and those offering assistance.


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