Through our 'Changing Young Lives in Nepal' project, our club and its members have spent time and made many close friends in the area affected by the earthquake and want to help as much as we can. Other local Rotarians have also been involved in this project or other initiatives there and want to do the same. Between us all we know a lot about the country and have a lot of contacts. We now all want to put this to good use to help Nepal in its time of need.
Rotary in Yorkshire (District 1040) has launched a Nepal Earthquake Appeal. The funds will be used both to support the long term rebuilding of communities and lives and to pay for urgent emergency needs such as food, water and shelter that Rotary Clubs in Nepal identify as most critical. All the funds will be channelled through Rotary Clubs in Nepal so we know that they will all be used to help those in greatest need. Already £1200 has been sent to help establish food kitchens in the south of the country.
With your help we can provide further much needed assistance in the short and long term and help the people of Nepal to recover from this devastating disaster.
Please give generously by following the link below
For a long time our club has supported ShelterBox, a charity that provides emergency shelter and supplies across the world in situations such as this. Along with many other charities ShelterBox is already working in Nepal and below is an update of the work they have carried out so far.
Should you wish to support ShelterBox phone 0300 0300 500 to make a donation
As you can see the work has started but with much
UPDATE FROM SHELTER BOX
Nepal earthquake response – Information correct as of Thursday 30 April, 2015.
Background: An earthquake measuring 7.8 magnitude occurred between the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara in Nepal on Saturday morning. Since then, several aftershocks have taken place, ranging from 5 to 6.7 in magnitude. More than 5,000 people are reported to have been killed and at least 10,000 people have also been injured, although these figures are still likely to rise. Hospitals are being overwhelmed as more patients arrive and supplies run low and 3.5 million people are now reported to be in need of emergency food or shelter.
Within the capital Kathmandu, households are mainly relying on generator power due to widespread power shortages. Food and water supplies are also scarce although some markets are beginning to reopen and a recent UNICEF report stated that food shortages are gradually being resolved with time.
Current teams: Phil Duloy (UK), Nicola Hinds (UK), Becky Maynard (UK) and Liz Odell (UK). Two further teams are due to be deployed later this week.
Update: The ShelterBox teams in Nepal have provided tents to four hospitals in Kathmandu (many of the hospital buildings had been condemned and medical staff had been treating patients out in the open). You can find out more here - http://shelterbox.org/news.php?id=1579
As well as distributing aid to hospitals the teams have also been participating in cluster meetings (where aid agencies come together to coordinate their response and work towards common objectives). The cluster has identified that the most affected and hard to reach areas may be rural but these will also be the hardest and most costly to deliver to. It has also been recognised that in-country emergency shelter stocks are limited and dwindling. The recommendations of this group are that shelter kits will be the most suitable shelter option for urban environments and tents will be more suited to rural areas. As such ShelterBox is well suited to assist.
Discussions are however already turning to how to provide winterised shelter as evening temperatures plummet. Storms remain a constant threat in the region as the weather deteriorates, compounding the problems facing the people of Nepal.
The teams in Nepal continue to work within the cluster group and participate in camp management meetings as well as working with our legal and logistics teams back in the UK to finalise MOUs (memorandum of understanding) with partner organisations. We are expecting to have confirmation of more aid having been distributed by the teams later today.
The ShelterBox logistics team is scoping options for longer term logistic routes, should the need arise, as well as continuing to develop plans for consignees for on-going aid shipments, clearing customs certificates and liaising with other agencies.
ShelterBox is also sending an initial 500 shelter kits (containing tools, tarpaulins and fixings to make rudimentary shelters, or to make damaged roofs watertight) and 500 (UN specification) tents to Kathmandu. This aid is expected to arrive in country on Monday. Rotary has been confirmed as a consignee for this aid delivery, helping to import the aid into the country and taking responsibility for it as it goes through customs. The initial plan for this aid is to begin distributions in Kathmandu and work west towards more rural communities. These plans are likely to evolve with time however. In order to reduce an expected bottleneck at Kathmandu airport ShelterBox is examining all possible aid transportation routes, including via India then transferring to trucks into Nepal.