On April 25, 2015 a 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal, killing more than 5,000 people and injuring over 8,000 people, with the number of individuals dead and injured rising daily. The epicenter of the earthquake was near Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, and has affected communities in Nepal, India and Bangladesh, affecting more than 8 million people.
Below is a list of GHC members providing assistance to the communities affected by the earthquake.
For more information on the international response, see the United Nation’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. For information on the U.S. response, see USAID’s Nepal response page and Center For International Disaster Information.
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Contributions to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund will support the rescue, relief and rebuilding efforts of Global Impact’s charities responding to the earthquake. Donations to the fund will provide people and communities in need with clean drinking water, food supplies, relief kits, necessary medical attention and safe shelter.
International Medical Corps’ emergency response team has been on the ground since April 25 when the quake struck, assessing the damage, delivering critically needed medicines and supplies, and mobilizing to provide emergency care to survivors. The organization is deploying additional staff and resources as quickly as possible to support relief efforts and is operating a Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) in Ghorka near the epicenter and will be expanding its MMUs to reach the hardest-hit. International Medical Corps staff are working against the clock to deliver lifesaving medicine, and other supplies to survivors of the earthquake. In addition, to preventing waterborne illnesses and other communicable diseases, they will be distributing hygiene kits and water purification tablets.
Save the Children, which has worked in Nepal since 1976 and has extensive programs throughout the country, reacted immediately. Save the Children has launched a disaster response on the ground in Nepal with emergency assistance during this difficult time. The organization is distributing aid and is gearing up for a massive humanitarian relief operation with its in-country staff and international experts arriving from around the world. Initial relief will be taking place in the badly-affected districts of Bhaktapur, Sindhupalchowk, and Gorkha.
World Vision’s initial response will target 100,000 people in the worst-affected areas of Bhaktapur, Gorkha, Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Lamjung. World Vision will be working to meet immediate needs including providing first aid kits, sleeping mats, blankets and jerry cans; temporary shelter; and protection for children. World Vision has begun to distribute 1,000 tarpaulins and 600 blankets in Bhaktapur, one of the worst hit areas. They are also setting up six Child-Friendly Spaces so children have a safe space to play following the trauma of the quake.