Earthquake Relief Work Report 2015 (April & May)
On 25-APR-15 a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal with the epicenter at Lamjung. Dozens of aftershocks followed, including a 6.7 magnitude earthquake on 26-APR-15. It was the most powerful disaster to strike Nepal since 1934. Though the earthquake was felt all over Nepal but it has affected badly in thirteen district of Nepal. According to the Nepal Police official website, till now(27th May 2015) 8,676 people have lost their lives and more than 21,966 are injured, millions have became homeless and lost their beloved ones and now struggling to have basic needs such as food, shelter and drinking water.
Action Works Nepal, one of the major program themes is humanitarian Support. AWON had always proved to be with the survivors for their help. AWON team decided to help earthquake victim family. The team started working in relief work from 27th May 2015 (3rd day of the first earthquake).
This earthquake is the deadliest disaster to hit Nepal in more than 80 years. Nepal was not ready. A ten year civil war, decades of political instability, and a new constitution that many dispute: This is a country in political turmoil. The government is not capable of handling a tragedy of this magnitude. Millions upon millions of dollars, and cargo planes full of supplies are being sent to help alleviate the suffering, and to help save lives. BUT!! The corruption of the government and the resulting bureaucratic mess has ensured that the desperately needed aid is not going to those most in need!
Foreign NGO's that have agencies in Nepal have a better idea of what is needed and how to help, but they too, run into red tape. Funds need to be released, everything needs to be cleared through a chain of command, and supplies need to be gathered and flown in. All this takes precious time that the survivors do not have.
We are seeking dynamic, committed individuals and groups across the globe to join us in our efforts in Kathmandu, Jumla, and Karnali.
Teaching English or computer skills, raising awareness, and fundraising are only a few ways in which volunteers can help at AWON. Donations are also always welcome. Come see how you can help.