Two weeks on since an earthquake spread chaos, fear and death in Nepal; Caritas has delivered help to over 30,000 people and plans to reach 175,000 in the next two months.
Up to date, Caritas' efforts have resulted in:
6240 shelter (tents, kits) delivered to affected households across the hit areas.
2092 families received food items in Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur.
1019 WASH/Hygiene kits in Gorkha.
31,200 people, amongst the most vulnerable, reached.
Alongside the material relief, Caritas is also providing trauma counseling in some locations.
Within the next two months, Caritas will help over 175,000 people in need of shelter, water and hygiene kits. Caritas will cover 7 of the most affected districts.
On the longer term, Caritas will support the affected families to rebuild their lives, restore their livelihoods and strengthen the communities.
“During the earthquake I was in Patan to sell statues. I waited there until it was over. When I got home I saw that our house had been destroyed during the earthquake. Luckily, no one in our family was injured. Since then we have been sleeping under a tarpaulin in the marketplace, together with many other people. The nights are cool and there has been a lot of rain. In our village, the earthquake killed four people and several others were injured." Mina Shakya (picture: Caritas Internationalis)
Caritas is working in cooperation and coordination with the Nepalese government; as well as with other aid organisations present in Nepal.
The 7.9 magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal on Saturday 26 April has taken an appalling toll on life and infrastructures:
Over 8 million people have been affected by the quake.
7,652 people died.
16,392 were injured
More than 500,000 homes have been severily damaged or destroyed.
Prayer for NepalCaritas wants to send a special recognition to those Caritas staff and volunteers who are working relentlessly to help others while having been directly affected by the quake themselves. We share a prayer to praise their infinite and unconditioned love.
“I’m truly humbled by the generosity and support of our whole global family in Nepal’s time of need. I would like to thank our global community for their prayers, support and gifts. The needs are immense and we will partner in solidarity with the affected communities to rebuild lives, livelihoods and communities long beyond this initial emergency response,” said Fr Perumana, Head of Caritas Nepal.