Following the terrible disaster that struck Nepal on Saturday 25th April, many of you have been asking for further information about how you can respond. 'All We Can' have been in touch with us and shared this with us.
All We Can, the Methodist relief and development charity, has launched an emergency appeal to enable its local partners to respond in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Nepal on Saturday 25 April.
As we have all seen this recent earthquake, the worst in 81 years, caused devastation across the mountainous country and the death toll has already exceeded 5000 people. The epicentre of the earthquake, which measured 7.8 in magnitude, centred around 50 miles east of the city of Pokhara.
All We Can has been supporting trusted local partners working in this region for over a decade and is responding to the humanitarian crisis through them, drawing on their expertise and knowledge of the land and its people. All We Can’s focus is on providing support to those in greatest need, particularly remote communities near the epicentre of the earthquake. Funds from the appeal are helping to meet the immediate needs of those affected with shelter, food and trauma management. All We Can has also committed to supporting the longer-term rebuilding and recovery work that will be necessary in the months and years ahead.
Bina Silwal, Executive Director of All We Can’s partner Kopila Nepal, said:
"Due to this terrible disaster many families have lost their family members, or are injured or are on the street. As a human being in this harsh situation it is our responsibility to help people and to protect them from possible worse conditions. This type of disaster brings not only physical injuries but it also brings psychological trauma."
All We Can has already supported Kopila to mobilise a team skilled in trauma management to go into affected communities. It has also funded the purchase of tarpaulin sheets that will be used to provide much needed shelter from the elements for people left without a home in some of the mountain villages around Pokhara.
Heavy rain that followed the earthquake, and aftershocks that caused further damage to buildings, have made the situation particularly challenging in Nepal. In conjunction with both local and international partners, All We Can will ensure its response continues to be appropriate and effective as the scale and type of need becomes clearer in the days ahead. Chief Executive of All We Can, Maurice Adams says:
“We know how our partners in Nepal have benefitted from our long-term support over the years. We also know that we need to continue our assistance at this critical time. All We Can is in this for the long haul. We will work with, and walk alongside, our partners as they continue to deal with the devastating circumstances caused by this earthquake. We encourage you to join us and give what you can to help recovery in these communities.”
Please give all you can, your gift will help All We Can’s partners respond quickly to the crisis. You can donate by visiting www.allwecan.org.uk/nepal, calling 020 7224 4814, or sending a cheque to All We Can, 25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR. All We Can is also encouraging people to pray for the situation, its partners and the affected communities.