On 25 April, 11:41 local time, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal near the capital city of Kathmandu. Over 5,000 people are estimated to have died and 8 million have been affected. UNICEF estimates that 1.7 million children are in need of humanitarian aid including food, water, shelter, and medical care.
Thanks to your gifts, we are able to respond to this humanitarian crisis.
Through your generosity, $21,000 (and counting!) has been given to enable Food for the Hungry (FH) to respond in both a coordination and fund-raising role to this disaster through our partners in the Integral Alliance. Here are a few details about the FH response so far.
An FH Emergency Response Unit representative is on the ground coordinating response efforts and supporting broader coordination through the UN cluster system.
Integral Alliance member agencies have been successful in initial outreach to the area near Gorkha, the quake’s epicenter, where eyewitnesses report 70-90% of structures in this area were destroyed. We have provided water purification tablets, water filtration systems, emergency food, cooking fuel, and tents.
Dozens of volunteers from Rescue Network Nepal (a local NGO partnering with Integral Alliance) are helping communities in the badly affected districts of Makwanpur and Lalitpur, supplying plastic sheets for shelter and emergency food. Three hundred people have received medical care for injuries, such as broken limbs and open wounds.
A remote mountainous area has been identified north of Kathmandu which has been badly affected by the earthquake. More than 1,100 shelter kits, including tarpaulins and rope, and more than 500 solar lamps are being distributed. Additional emergency shelter materials and water and sanitation items are being provided for more than 6,500 households.
Integral Member World Renew is partnering with Christian Reformed World Missions in Nepal to assist at Christ Reformed Churches, three of which are in Gorkha. They aim to provide water purification tablets, water filtration systems, emergency food, cooking fuel, and tents to those most in need. They are also supporting the airlifting of medical supplies intended to treat the health needs of 10,000 people for three months.
Sanitation: An estimated 4.2 million people are urgently in need of water, sanitation, and hygiene support.
Water: Transport of water has been interrupted and many wells have been damaged.
Housing: The Government estimates that over 70,000 houses have been destroyed and 530,000 have been damaged. Initial estimates report that 400,000 households will require early recovery assistance.
Women: Approximately 126,000 pregnant women are affected, 21,000 of whom will need obstetric care in the coming three months. Over 16,500 women are estimated to be breastfeeding.
FH Response Together With Integral Alliance Member Agencies:
Help Is Still Needed
You can help bring relief to Nepal by supporting FH as it partners with Integral Alliance members to provide humanitarian aid during the aftershocks of this crisis.