The numbers of people affected by the massive earthquake that hit Nepal this past Saturday are staggering.
More than 4,800 people dead.
Over 9,200 injured.
Eight million affected across Nepal.
One million children urgently in need of help.
Sadly, each day, these numbers keep rising.
We all want to do something, anything to help. We live so far away.
Alison Qualter Berna took a trip to Nepal one year ago and stood at many of those destroyed sites. She has reached out to the friends she made while there – some she has been able to reach, others have yet to reply.
Alison wrote an apple seeds blog last year upon her return from Kathmandu describing the Nepalese people as “gentle and resilient.” It is with this strength of character that we hope they might endure the tragic loss of life and their world as they know it.
Read Alison's blog post here.
If you would like to help, you can go to any of these organizations below to find various relief agencies accepting donations for Nepal, many of them focused on the children.
the apple seeds team
www.unicefusa.org - The United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF, is providing supplies like water purification tablets, hygiene kits, tarps and nutrition supplements for children and families affected by the earthquake, and working with the government and other partners to meet children’s immediate needs.
www.ajws.org – American Jewish World Service is dedicated to fighting for human rights and against poverty and raising money to distribute to aid organizations in the hardest-hit areas of Nepal.
www.wfp.org - WFP has started emergency operations with staff from around the world by providing common services for the entire humanitarian community - from storage facilities to supporting the transportation of not only food, but other crucial relief items.
www.internationalmedicalcorps.org - International Medical Corps emergency response team is on the ground in Nepal, trying to provide critically needed medicines and supplies, including hygiene kits and water purification tablets, to survivors. Teams of doctors, nurses and logisticians will try to operate mobile medical units in the hardest-hit areas.
www.handicap-international.us - Handicap International has been working in Nepal since 2000 and has 47 volunteers on the ground distributing wheelchairs and other mobility aids, and providing help with rehabilitation and logistics.
www.crs.org - Catholic Relief Services and its partner organizations have begun procuring emergency relief materials, like shelter kits and sanitation and hygiene materials.