Appeal to Support Earthquake Relief
Nepal, a relatively poor country without extensive resources despites its rich cultural heritage and spectacular mountain scenery, has severely affected by devastating earthquake of 7.6 magnitude on Saturday, 25th April 2015. It has claimed to death 8,659 people and injuries 21,952 (as of 25th May 2015). The earthquake destroyed many historical landmarks, including the UNESCO World Heritage site temples at Kathmandu valley. The worst hit regions after Kathmandu Valley (Kathmandu, Lalitpur & Bhaktapur) are Sindhupalchowk, Rasuwa, Dolakha, Dhading, Gorkha, Ramechhap, Kavrepalanchwok and Nuwakot where hundreds lost their lives in the tremor. The situation is critical in the remote rural regions towards the epicentre of Saturday's quake.
Aftershocks continue to affect the daily lives of people as they continue to sleep outdoors, in damp and cold conditions. Over 8 million people are estimated to be affected in 39 districts, of which over 2 million people live in the 11 most severely hit districts.
As per Government's latest figures, there are 500,717 fully damaged and 269,190 partially damaged houses. Most of the damage is recorded outside Kathmandu. According to a situation report released by the United Nation's humanitarian agency OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), up to 90 per cent of the houses in Gorkha and Sindhupalchowk districts have been destroyed. Over 3.5 million people are estimated to be in need of food assistance. Of them, an estimated 1.4 million most affected people in 11 districts have been prioritized for immediate food assistance. The report also said $415 million is required for vital humanitarian relief but as of May 2 total financial support stands at $68 million. UNICEF reports 1.7 million children are directly affected by the earthquake and UNFPA reports around 126,000 pregnant women and 200,000 girls of the age 19-29 are badly affected since they are even more vulnerable towards sexual abuses and other forms of violence.
On the other hand, the target beneficiaries of VOC are hugely affected by this massive earthquake as most of the reintegrated children and families are living in highly affected districts. Likewise, the beneficiaries of VOC who are living in poor (slum/low rented) areas in Kathmandu are also affected by this earthquake as most of them were living in old houses which are damaged/collapsed making them homeless.
Thus, VOC has started its intervention to support to the earthquake victim living in most vulnerable condition and to protect them from further hazardous situation.
We appeal all national and international organizations to give a hand in our effort to support for;
Resettlement of the vulnerable families;
Providing nutritious food & drinking water;
Providing clothes & blankets;
Income generation activities;
School support and child friendly activities.
Mr. Krishna Kumar Thapa, Director
Voice of Children, Sanepa, Lalitpur, Nepal
GPO Box: 8975, ECP: 1936, Kathmandu Nepal
Telephone: +977 1 5548018, 5548619 Fax: +977 1 5551573
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