Devastating news yesterday and further this morning as I learn that the country so close to my heart, Nepal, is in mourning. 1800 lives lost and counting as a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hits Kathmandu, Pokhara and other regions of Nepal. My thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost loved ones and the citizens of Nepal who are as we speak trying to manage the chaos.
It was just one month ago that I was in Nepal trekking to Everest Base Camp with World Vision Australia and Inspired Adventures. We loved exploring the city of Kathmandu and then trekking through the serene and peaceful mountains. Sadly it also looks like 18 people have died on Mt Everest due to an avalanche – part of the Base Camp was buried. The peaceful and comforting place for so many is now reminiscent of a war zone.
YOU CAN HELP!
World Vision Australia have set up a donations page for sending aid to the areas most affected. Organisations such as this need support in these times of need to help the people in these devastated countries.
Article here from The Guardian stated that 1000 people were killed. ABC News Australia have just declared it is in excess of 1800 and counting.
More information from World Vision Australia:
The Nepal government has declared a state of disaster and has committed to respond in 13 of the worst
affected districts, including Kathmandu. Hospitals have reportedly run out of wound management kits in
the capital and hospitals in districts are struggling. Five sites have been set up to help manage impacted
families and the Indian army has been called on to provide support.
More than 4 million people are thought to be in the affected area. WVIN is praying that the death‐toll
will not climb significantly higher overnight, that aftershocks will be minimal, children will be sheltered
and protected and that relief will come quickly to the people of Nepal following this powerful tremor.
Neighbouring India and Bangladesh also reported a number of deaths and injured due to the earthquake
‐ there are no reports of ADPs affected in either country at this stage.
WVIN currently has 73 projects managed by 205 staff. WVIN currently works through 16 Area
Development Programmes in all five development regions including 10 of the 75 districts of Nepal.
Projects in earthquake preparedness are ongoing in Lalitpur district. WVIN supports 27,000 sponsored
children with sponsors from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland,
and Taiwan. WVIN operates a budget of USD 7.1 million including projects funded by DFAT, DFID and
Sunjuli, World Vision Nepal staff member. Her son is 9 years old — “My son is very terrified. He
does not leave me and lays on my lap. Do not know what to do. I need to go inside the house —
don’t know if it’s safe — but it’s very cold here in the car.
Some photos from my time there, it’s changed dramatically and I fear for the people in the massive efforts it will take to clean up! Visiting my sponsor child in Nepal, Kamala. Seeing my dear friend Sundar. And trekking with amazing guides to Base Camp. My prayers are with you all at this time