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Help Survivors of Nepal Earthquake

by World Concern
Help Survivors of Nepal Earthquake
Help Survivors of Nepal Earthquake
Help Survivors of Nepal Earthquake
Help Survivors of Nepal Earthquake
Help Survivors of Nepal Earthquake
Help Survivors of Nepal Earthquake
Help Survivors of Nepal Earthquake
Help Survivors of Nepal Earthquake
Help Survivors of Nepal Earthquake
Help Survivors of Nepal Earthquake
The families you helped say "Thank you!"
The families you helped say "Thank you!"

Eight months after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, your gifts have helped to rebuild the homes and livelihoods of families living in the hardest hit communities. Because of you, 14,000 households received immediate aid and help to rebuild their lives. Thank you!

Your support was vital in helping World Concern and our global partners respond in the days following the quake. Your gifts enabled us to provide food, water, shelter materials, and hygiene kits to families.

You helped give emergency food packs to over 9,000 people, and you provided cold and vulnerable families like his with emergency shelter kits, including mattresses, blankets, tarpaulins, water filters, and roofing materials. You showed a total of 1,852 families that you care about their safety and future, providing these shelter kits, and nutritious food so that children and parents could be safe, eat, and drink clean, disease-free water.

Although World Concern will continue to walk alongside families as they rebuild their lives, helping them heal and recover from the trauma of this horrendous disaster, our immediate relief efforts are wrapping up. Thank you for your generous support that helped rescue survivors in such a critical time.

Your gifts have helped Uttam rebuild his home!
Your gifts have helped Uttam rebuild his home!

Six months after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, your gifts have helped to rebuild the homes and livelihoods of families living in the hardest hit communities.      

The earthquake, and the subsequent aftershocks left a staggering 8,170 dead and destroyed around 285,000 homes, many of which were in the poorer mountain communities. We want to thank you for your quick and compassionate gifts when it was needed most.

Your support was vital in helping World Concern and our global partners respond in the days following the quake. Thanks to you, we were on the ground to distribute emergency first aid, and your gifts kept us there during the largest of the aftershocks, a 6.7 magnitude quake, which brought further damage and landslides. Knowing that your gifts were there, enabled us to provide food, water, shelter materials, and hygiene kits to thousands of families—all in all, you gave hope to an incredible 14,000 households.

In an emergency like this, the already poor families have nothing left. Their homes, their belongings … everything is either buried or broken. So to survive while they put their lives back together, they need three basic things: food, water and shelter. Friend, it was your gifts that provided this, and more, to those in need.

Uttam is a teacher and was working with some children outside in a field when the earthquake hit, “I saw all the homes collapsing and I thought I might die,” he recalls. He remembers hearing the screams of the children and thought to himself, “This is the last day of my life.”  Once the shaking stopped, panic set in. People were running everywhere, crying and shouting for loved ones. Fearing the worst, Uttam ran home to find his family safe, but his home destroyed, and his cattle dead.

In the days that followed, Uttam and his family sheltered under a tent, and waited for help. The school where he worked was a mess, his livelihood and animals lost, and his home reduced to rubble. So it was a welcome sight when World Concern arrived in his village and provided food and clothing for his family, along with building materials to help him rebuild.

This was all possible because of you!

All in all, you helped give emergency food packs to over 9,000 people, providing families like Uttam’s with rice, lentils, sugar, noodles, salt, oil, spices, soap, candles, matches, and rehydration power to treat diarrhea.

To keep his family out of the rain and the cold, it would have been tempting for Uttam to take shelter in the remains of his home or the school, but it was far dangerous.  So your gifts provided cold and vulnerable families like his with emergency shelter kits, including mattresses, blankets, tarpaulins, water filters, and roofing materials.

We’re so thankful for you, what an incredible gift you were to these families. From the other side of the world, you stood in the gap for people like Uttam and gave generously when they needed it the most. You showed a total of 1,852 families that you care about their safety and future, providing these shelter kits, and nutritious food so that children and parents could be safe, eat, and drink clean, disease-free water.

And even now your gifts continue to help rebuild homes, schools, and livelihoods, we can’t thank you enough.

“I would like to say thank you,” Uttam says to you. “It is good and we are thankful for helping us get back to a normal life.” From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you too.

Your gift provided shelter to families in Nepal!
Your gift provided shelter to families in Nepal!

Dear Friend,

Having just received the latest report from Nepal, I wanted to take a moment and remind you of the incredible difference you’re making in the lives of those affected by the earthquake. 

In the hours after the tragedy, your quick response was able to provide survivors with critical emergency supplies like food, tarps and blankets, water purification tablets and solar lanterns. 

And in the weeks and months since, your gifts have gone even further, giving medical care to the most vulnerable, and helping to transport additional food and building supplies into the mountain villages. 

Your support is life-changing, and means that the hardest hit communities can now begin putting their lives back together.  Before this, entire families would huddle together under a tarp; exposed to the weather and at greater risk of burglary and violence. This is no way for a family to live.

But thanks to you, countless families are beginning to see hope.  They are being provided with materials like corrugated iron sheets that they’re using to build temporary (yet stronger and safer) homes. You’re now keeping them safe from harm and sheltered from the unpredictable weather. 

When Uttam received materials to start rebuilding the family home, he was overwhelmed with joy. He had lost everything in the quake; his home and the animals he used for an income. Like so many others, Uttam's family were forced to sleep outside until help arrived. So when that came, he was understandably very excited.

"I would like to say thank you," Uttam says. "It is good and we are thankful for helping us get back to normal life."

It’s still an enormous challenge to reach the most isolated villages, but the supplies are getting through. Just a few weeks ago, World Concern volunteers travelled for over 12 hours across dangerous mountain roads to reach just one village. In every village they passed, the effects of the earthquake were distressingly clear. 

“It was suddenly very easy to see how in just 90 seconds people’s lives were torn apart,” one volunteer recounts.

In one of the villages nestled on the mountain, World Concern met with Anita and her young family who lost everything when the earthquake hit. They’ve been living under a tarp ever since and wondering where their hope would come from.

If you walk up the village path towards where Anita’s home once stood today, you will no longer see them living under a thin piece of plastic. Thanks to you, Anita and her family are now living in the safety and security of a temporary new metal shelter!

Anita and her son John give thanks saying, “We thank God for providing.  Now we are under a tin roof! We can survive in this home while we rebuild.” 

On behalf of families like Uttam's and Anita’s, I want to thank you for making such a difference.

With heartfelt gratitude,

Jacinta Tegman

President, World Concern

With your help, families are rebuilding.
With your help, families are rebuilding.
Uttam thanks you for helping him rebuild his home.
Uttam thanks you for helping him rebuild his home.
Anita and her son John are so grateful for you!
Anita and her son John are so grateful for you!
You
You're helping provide emergency food to families.

I wanted to update you on how your gift is helping families in Nepal rebuild their lives after the tragic earthquake. With your help, more communities have been reached with emergency supplies and vital shelter materials, just as the monsoon season begins. So far, we have supported distributions of food and shelter materials to more than 8,500 families across 5 districts.

Just last week, 121 families in the hard-hit Lalitpur region received corrugated galvanized iron sheeting to replace damaged roofing and provide protection from the rain. The homes in this area are mostly made of rocks, bricks, and mud, and they were heavily damaged in the quake. Having shelter materials provides vital protection for these devastated families. Thank you for helping make this possible!

Families in the Shrinathkot area received food and other critical supplies, which were given out by our Nepali partner ACN, with your support. These families also received shelter materials and medical care from volunteers in a temporary health camp.

A Nepali volunteer named Jyoti recounts her experience helping distribute emergency supplies:

“During the night time people all slept in the open maize fields and some did not even have mattresses to sleep on, just lying on the green grass field. Many small children had pneumonia due to sleeping outside, as nights were quite cold with some rain as well,” she said.

“In another village were most of the houses were destroyed I met a young woman who was wearing torn clothes that were her only clothes. The woman had two young children, a son of 7 years and a daughter of 4. I asked her about her husband and she told me he was not around. Her father-in-law was there and he said that the package of food we just had distributed was the first food they had received, as they did not have anything else to eat.”

You are making a huge impact in the lives of people who lost everything in this disaster. With your support, they are beginning the process of rebuilding their lives.

You
You're helping repair homes, like this woman's.
Metal sheet roofing being delivered to families.
Metal sheet roofing being delivered to families.
At 90 he has seen 2 major earthquakes, 1934 & 2015
At 90 he has seen 2 major earthquakes, 1934 & 2015
Volunteers pack supplies you helped provide.
Volunteers pack supplies you helped provide.

You’re a part of something amazing that’s happening in devastated communities in Nepal. During the past two weeks, local Nepali church volunteers (pictured above) joyfully banded together to divide supplies into earthquake survival kits for families in need.

A young woman named Richel was among the hard-working volunteers who packed the kits you helped provide.

“I have been here for the past seven days helping prepare the distribution packs with other volunteers from our church,” said Richel. “God kept me safe and I have to help. People need our help.” 

These kits included vital necessities like rice, lentils, oil, candles, soap, and hygiene supplies, which will help prevent the spread of disease. Because of you, thousands of families received emergency supplies.

Him Kumari is one of those you helped. She was eating lunch with her 12-year-old son, the oldest of four, on April 25 when her house began to shake. She made her son run out of the house, but was not able to escape herself before it collapsed on her. Trapped beneath the rubble and boards, she went in and out of consciousness.

“When I came to, I was in the hospital,” she said. “I thought I would die as I was buried for four hours.”

Twenty-two of her neighbors did not survive. Nearly every home in her village was damaged or destroyed. Him’s family is now living under a tarp they’ve made into a tent. She is grateful to be alive, and grateful for your help.

Amidst the destruction, there is encouragement. Mark Estes, World Concern Asia Director, helped distribute earthquake survival kits to families in a devastated village in the hard-hit Dhading District.

“Walking around that community was heart wrenching – to see the loss, to see every home was just a heap of stones and sticks,” he described. “Nestled up in the foothills of the Himalayas, I can imagine what a beautiful place this would have been. I think that beauty now is surrounded by the opportunity that God gives us to serve these people.”

With your help, we’re continuing to reach more families in remote villages. Your gift makes this possible.

Volunteer Richel packages up food for families.
Volunteer Richel packages up food for families.
Your gift is reaching moms like Him Kumari (left).
Your gift is reaching moms like Him Kumari (left).
 

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