On April 25, 2015, a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked central Nepal. Again, on May 12, a second major earthquake struck Nepal with almost 400 aftershocks, causing continued waves of panic to the people near the epicenters. More than 8,460 people were killed and more than 480,000 homes damaged or destroyed. As a church, we have been and will continue to walk with our sisters and brothers of Nepal, responding to the needs of our neighbor.
Relief aid was provided to people within days of the first earthquake. Immediate distribution of ready-to-eat food, blankets and hygiene kits were provided. Water filtration units and personal care kits were also a priority in the beginning stages of recovery.
The earthquakes destroyed or damaged more than 500,000 homes. Emergency shelter kits were distributed and people constructed temporary shelters. Masons are being taught how to build earthquake resistant homes, technical support is being given and grants for reconstruction and rebuilding are being distributed.
Agriculture and development
Cash-for-work programs have been initiated for debris clean-up. Small grants and training for self-help groups are being organized. Training in agriculture, livestock support and income generation are taking place in rural areas. Because much of the land was disrupted by the earthquake, support has been given to the farming community with seed distribution, irrigation projects and soil training and management. Ten mini tractors have also been supplied.
Health care and education
The Shanti Nepal primary health clinic provided emergency medical treatment after the earthquakes and continues to meet some of the initial health care needs for communities. Support is being provided with repairs, training and equipment. Temporary learning centers have been constructed while schools are being rebuilt. Elim Kids Academy, a Christian school that the ELCA helps support by providing scholarships and teacher training programs, is also being repaired.
What Can You Do?Pray:
Your gifts are still needed. Gifts designated for the “Nepal Area Earthquake” will be used in full (100 percent) to assist those directly impacted until the response is complete. Gifts from people like you allow us to continue to serve those in need.