Everyone in Nepal remembers where they were that Saturday when the Earth shook, the walls collapsed, and the ceilings crumbled.
You’ll probably remember where you were too, and how you thought about how to support the people who lost everything when the earthquake hit.
With the support of friends like you since that terrible day, we’ve helped restore hope for people living in poverty in Nepal.
Three months on, as our work shifts from relief to long-term recovery and rebuilding, your ongoing support means more than ever. That’s why I urge you to make a gift to ActionAid today, to continue to rebuild the lives of those affected.
During the initial emergency phase we were able to provide food, shelter, medicine and safety to more than 118,000 people, including 35-year-old Laxmi and her family.
“What has helped us most has been the corrugated iron sheeting. Until four days ago we were staying under plastic tarps, and it was impossible to keep the rain out,” Laxmi says.
"It may not be a lot in terms of cash,” she continues, “but it has made a million dollars worth of difference to us. We had seen the worst of life and we needed a place to feel secure again.” Now, Laxmi says, they’ve regained hope.
While the emergency relief phase is over for Laxmi‘s family and others, the task of rebuilding permanent homes and livelihoods has only now begun, and your gift is crucial to sustaining this progress.
Monsoon season has begun, and landslides are occurring in the areas where ActionAid has been responding to the needs of communities living in poverty.
The rain will only increase the needs of those affected, and farming communities whose crops have been ruined face the threat of hunger if they can’t return to their fields soon.
After all they’ve been through, we can’t let the survivors lose hope now. That’s why your continued support is so important today.
Your gift to ActionAid will:
No one can forget the horror that unfolded that morning three months ago.
But no one can remember a time when people around the world responded more quickly, more generously, or more effectively.
Please help us continue to bring hope to the people of Nepal.
The ActionAid Team
P.S. With the emergency phase of our response now over, we turn to long-term recovery – and when we say long-term, we mean it. We’ve promised to support people affected by the earthquake in Nepal until at least April 2018. But to keep that promise, ActionAid USA relies on the continued generosity of people like you. Please make a gift today. Thank you for caring, and for giving.
Earlier today, a major new earthquake struck Nepal, causing further loss of life and thousands more injuries. ActionAid is on the ground getting help to the people who need it most.
People are unable to go home as their houses are unsafe. The second earthquake has caused further damage to already unstable buildings and the trauma for women, children, families and communities will be immeasurable. The current humanitarian disaster is worsening and people are in grave need of emergency help.
My colleague on the ground told us, “We were in the middle of Kathmandu having a coffee and planning our work schedule when the earthquake struck. The Nepali members of the team told us to get out of the building. Everyone was trying to work out which way to run.
“All around us people were crying out to make sure people were safe. I was shaking uncontrollably. The most important job is now to contact our colleagues across Nepal to establish what the situation is so we can respond effectively to this latest earthquake.”
Thanks to generous support, we’ve already provided help and support to nearly 50,000 families. We’ve supplied food, water, shelter items and hygiene kits to families in the worst affected areas. The disbursement of supplies is being run by community networks, led by women and young volunteers.
As with all emergencies, ActionAid is planning a long-term response. In the long term we’ll be working with communities to protect their land rights, so the homes and farms they work hard to rebuild are guaranteed to be theirs. We’ll also be campaigning to make communities safer for women and young girls by making sure they have access to bathrooms and washing facilities where they’re safe from violence and the spread of disease.
Thank you for your generosity at this urgent time.
Dhapo is a widow. She has seven children (three daughters and four sons). A few years back, her husband died in a tragic accident while digging a well when he fell into it and was buried alive. She is a scheduled caste Hindu who is double marginalized: one for being a general minority and second for being a minority within the minority. She is leading a very difficult life as food insecurity remains a major cause of worry for her.
‘I am very glad to have a shelter (Chora) after my house was destroyed by heavy rainfall in the previous year (2011). I thank ActionAid and SAMI for taking care of my need of shelter. They also provided me food and non- food items in the very early days of flood devastation.” Said Dhapo.
After floods, I got seed support from SAMI and ActionAid, and was able to cultivate the crop. I want my children to study therefore I have to work much more than other fellow women. I weave caps and rilly(local shawl), do small jobs like making an earthen cooking pot and supporting other women in daily household chores.
This is how I provide for my children’s basic needs. I trust my Bhagwan (God) and remain hopeful of the good times ahead. I love to attend the REFLECT center where women discuss their issues, learn how to read and write and speak for women rights but mostly it is an opportunity to spare myself from multiple responsibilities of earning livelihood and running my home.
On recalling flood days, I feel scared of the fact that my children were crying with hunger and I really had nothing to offer them. I still wonder if SAMI and ActionAid had not come to our rescue and support, we could not have survived longer with hunger, homelessness and a chaos.’
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