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Deliver Aid to Earthquake Survivors in Nepal

by MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org.
Deliver Aid to Earthquake Survivors in Nepal

After devastating earthquakes struck Nepal in April, large relief agencies struggled to deliver urgent aid to remote areas. But thanks to you, MADRE and our on-the-ground partners were able to mobilize immediately to bring emergency aid to vulnerable women and families in the most hard-to-reach areas. Your support delivered food, water and tents to over 400 households in 10 of the most hard-hit districts and supplied 10,000 health kits to pregnant women and new mothers.

And that's not all. With your help, we're supporting our on-the-ground partners for the long haul. Thanks to GlobalGiving supporters like you, MADRE and the National Indigenous Women Forum (NIWF) are reconstructing 30 homes located in the Thami Indigenous community that were destroyed by earthquake. These homes are all located in the Dolakha district, one of the hardest hit in Nepal. The Indigenous families who live there have been staying in temporary shelters since April. But thanks to your support, they will soon be able to return home again.

Thank you so much for making this possible!

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“In my ninth month of pregnancy, weeks since the earthquakes, today is the first day I am sleeping quietly without fear or stress.”

These are the words of one of the expectant mothers who received lifesaving care, thanks to the support of MADRE members like you.

Due to the immense trauma experienced by survivors of natural disasters, pregnant women in Nepal are at high risk of complications or premature delivery. What’s more, overwhelmed hospitals have discharged mothers directly after birth, leaving them with nowhere to go since their homes have been destroyed.

Our on-the-ground partners – grassroots activists at the women’s group WOREC – are responding to the urgent needs of new and expectant mothers. They have created counseling and support centers where women and children receive vital supplies like food, feminine hygiene supplies, blankets, clean clothing and more.

In 8 of the 10 most affected districts, WOREC and another local group LOOM have mobilized to provide 10,000 relief packets for pregnant women and lactating mothers. The packets include baby clothes and blankets, diapers, soap, sanitary pads, food and clean under garments.

With your help, our partners are lifelines for those most vulnerable in times of disaster – thank you!

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Thanks to MADRE member support, we continue to respond to the devastating earthquakes that have rocked Nepal.

Two of our on-the-ground Indigenous partners are The Himalayan Grassroots Women’s Natural Resource Management Association (HIMAWANTI) and the National Indigenous Women's Forum (NIWF).

Together, we're delivering lifesaving aid to remote Indigenous communities off the radar of the large relief efforts. Without our grassroots partners, many of these communities would have no other sources of humanitarian relief. And now, these already weakened communities are at high risk of even more devastation as the monsoon season fast approaches.

MADRE has been in constant contact with our local partners, receiving first-hand updates of the needs on the ground. We just received a report from HIMAWANTI on their progress. They have delivered tents, blankets, soaps, water purifiers and first aid kits. They made sure that the most vulnerable people – like pregnant women, new mothers and disabled persons – receive these vital supplies.

And NIWF told us that MADRE support has brought tents, mattresses, food, clean water purifiers, feminine hygiene supplies and health kits to Indigenous families in the hardest hit areas of Nepal.

Here are two photos from NIWF’s aid distribution. Thank you for the lifesaving work you are making possible for Indigenous women and families in Nepal!

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You may have seen the terrible news – yet another earthquake has struck Nepal.

More than a thousand people are injured. Now, even more people than before are without homes, taking refuge in the street and under flimsy tents.

Our grassroots partners in Nepal haven’t stopped since the first earthquake and its aftershocks. For almost three weeks, they’ve been hard at work delivering food, medical kits, tents, water purification supplies and more – and with this new disaster, their urgent aid is needed more than ever.

Your support helps make grassroots women's crucial efforts possible. Give today to help local women leaders, like our sisters in Nepal, respond immediately to disaster.

Your gift to our Emergency and Disaster Relief Fund supports women first responders — the lifelines of their communities. You help guarantee that – no matter where in the world disaster strikes, like today's devastating earthquake in Nepal – women in danger have your support.

It’s impossible to predict exactly when and where a catastrophe like an earthquake will strike. But one thing is certain. Women are not just passive victims in disaster. They are vital rescuers.

Just last night, I heard from one of our sisters in a community just outside Kathmandu. Storms bringing rain and hail are making life in the tents impossible — and monsoon season is on the way. She told me that they had to rush and rescue a mother with her newborn baby from a tent being pounded by the storm. That mother had been discharged from a hospital with no place to go, her home destroyed.

But MADRE support made it possible to reach her and her baby with dry clothing and shelter. Your gift today will help make sure that she, and others like her, continue to receive food, medical aid, clean water and more.

Please make a donation to our Emergency and Disaster Relief Fund today.

Thank you,

Yifat Susskind

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“We have named this campaign Sneha, meaning love.”

Our grassroots partners at the organization WOREC have been delivering lifesaving aid like food, clothing, tents and medical kits to Nepal’s earthquake survivors in ten different districts. And the name they gave their campaign reveals exactly what drives their tireless work.

Thank you for helping them to turn their love for Nepal’s women and families into action. Here are more photos and updates from our sisters mobilizing the Sneha Campaign.

In one community in Kavre district, our partners found 60 people from 10 families staying in a single tent. Going from community to community, they saw this reality repeated. Among these survivors were often young children and breastfeeding mothers. These mothers face the risk of sickness and infection without a clean and secure way to breastfeed. WOREC has provided them with “lactating women’s kits,” which include soap, towels, cotton swabs and clean underclothes. They have also distributed staple food items like rice and cooking oil, along with extra tents for temporary shelter.

Responding to this urgent need, our partners have created a center for mothers with newborns where they will receive food and care – a safe space. Women there can receive counseling services and have a comfortable place – equipped with basic medicines, bedding, clean clothing and more – to care for themselves and their children.

Overwhelmed hospitals have been forced to turn survivors away without treatment. And in many tent camps and communities, our partners noted that there was no medical relief targeted at the particular needs of women and adolescent girls. Our partners at WOREC have provided first aid care for people out of reach of medical services. They have distributed basics like sanitary pads and other feminine hygiene supplies.

Your support enables these women first responders to act quickly and meet the needs of the most marginalized after disaster. Thank you.

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MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org.

Location: New York, NY - USA
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Project Leader:
Yifat Susskind
New York, NY United States

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