A massive earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015 causing massive damage to buildings and infrastructure. Tremors were felt across northern India and neighboring Bangladesh and Pakistan. Thousands of people have been killed and that number is expected to rise. Lutheran World Relief has offices in Kathmandu and are on the scene.
How the Lutheran World Relief is responding.
LWR staff on the ground are safe and are currently assessing the situation. The are working with local partners and the international relief community to plan an early emergency response and will continue to communicate as plans take shape. Their initial response aims to respond to the most immediate needs on the ground. This includes:
- The distribution of water filtration units so safe water is available
- The distribution of LWR Quilts and Personal Care Kits
- Cash transfer programs
LWR has already been working in Nepal to assist areas that are food insecure, as well as those that are vulnerable to frequent natural hazards, such as floods, landslides and earthquakes.
What Can You Do To Help?
- Please pray for those affected by the earthquake in Nepal and for all who are working to respond to the disaster.
- Make Quilts and Kits. Donating Quilts and Kits helps ensure we have an adequate supply to send around the world to partners who request them, as well as in response to emergencies.
- Give to the Nepal Earthquake Fund. When you donate to LWR, you can rest assured your dollars are used wisely.
Lutheran World Relief has issued an update bulletin, in it it states:
- LWR is currently already working in the area of the quake epicenter, Lamjung District.
- LWR is committing an initial response of $500,000, which will support immediate needs on the ground and will likely include the distribution of locally-procured Non-Food Items and a cash transfer program so families can purchase other necessary supplies.
- We are shipping 9,240 Quilts, 1,000 Personal Care Kits and 100 water filtration units.
- Staff from LWR’s Emergency Operations unit are arriving now to assist our Nepal staff on the ground. Additional regional team members are on standby for deployment if needed.
- LWR has spent the initial days after the earthquake confirming the safety and security of our staff and local partners.
- Needs assessments are underway, and coordination meetings with the Government of Nepal and other international and local organizations are happening daily.