One year on from Nepal’s devastating earthquakes, GlobalGiving reflects that building local resilience to disaster is needed for long term recovery.
London, UK, April 22, 2016 - Earthquakes are again in the news with the natural disasters hitting both Japan and Ecuador in a matter of days. Fatefully, these recent events mark the anniversary of the devastating earthquakes that affected more than eight million people in Nepal on 25th April and 12th May, 2015.
Today1, a year on, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) reported that some 26,000 individuals still remain displaced from their homes in Nepal, and, as DEC members added, ‘the government’s plans for rebuilding are far behind schedule.’ So as the world switches its attention to the plight of people in Japan and Ecuador, the fact is much remains to be done in Nepal. The recovery has been hindered by difficult geographic terrain, fuel blockades, the monsoon and the high levels of existing poverty.
GlobalGiving has been at the forefront of relief efforts from the earliest days, raising more than £3.4 million in donations for the benefit of 83 local organisations. To this day, GlobalGiving continues to work on rebuilding communities that remain shattered by the disaster.
Eleanor Harrison, GlobalGiving UK Chief Executive said, “GlobalGiving’s local partners are dedicated to supporting their communities’ long term. Continued support from the international community through shared resources – money, skills and expertise – can empower local people to build their own resilience to disaster in the long term.”
GlobalGiving will continue to provide a channel for people and companies to give to the long term rebuilding efforts through local organisations.
Launching on Monday 25th April - the one year anniversary - people that donate to a project in Nepal featured on GlobalGiving.co.uk will receive a 100% match, meaning that a £100 donation will provide £200 for a local organisation to continue their rebuilding work.
For further information about GlobalGiving and its work in Nepal, please visit, www.globalgiving.co.uk.
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Alison Carlman, Director of Marketing and Communications