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Girl accepts a tarp on behalf of her family in Nepal.

One month since Earthquake in Nepal, ADRA responds

Take Care Nepal: One month since Earthquake in Nepal, ADRA responds to community needs

KATHMANDU, NEPAL —It has been one month since the Gorkha earthquake hit Nepal and almost three weeks since a second quake rocked the country. ADRA continues to provide urgent care and relief to the hundreds of thousands afflicted by this catastrophe.

“Many Nepalese were simply looking for comfort and kind words; for days, thousands were isolated, and when we managed to reach them, their relief was palpable,” said Thierry Van Bignoot, the Director of Emergency Management at ADRA International, who spent the last three weeks in Nepal.

Over the course of the last month ADRA’s aid has reached 29,988 Nepalese across 4,998 households in seven districts. Through ADRA’s distribution network 2,978 tarpaulins and 1,000 family shelter kits (consisting of two tarpaulins, hammer, nails and rope to construct a tent) have been dispensed, as well as 1,000 food packages that feed a family of six for 15 days.

With the monsoon season rapidly approaching, however, local staff is working night and day to ensure that the people of Nepal have the necessities they need for survival. On top of the food, water and shelter contributions, ADRA has also set up seven mobile medical tents, and water and sanitation activities in 10 schools plus awareness training in 19 more to ensure safe consumption practices and curb any outbreak of water or food borne disease.

In the last week, the Nepali government and the United Nations have both called for more direct emergency aid for food, clean water, and shelter.

As the most acute needs of the population are met, ADRA is continuing its support of the Nepalese, according to Van Bignoot. Current ADRA programs include an initiative that works to empower individuals and communities through programs in family planning, economic development, adolescent and youth activity and literacy, and public health, and the Family Health Project, through which ADRA provided health services from training to check-ups.

Your donation goes to ADRA’s emergency relief fund which helps meet the basic needs of people around the world.

About ADRA

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International is the humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its work empowers communities and changes lives around the globe by providing sustainable community development and disaster relief. For more information, visit ADRA.org.

Nepalese gather around to receive relief supplies

Second Earthquake Strikes Nepal

ADRA Continues Relief Efforts as Second Earthquake Strikes Nepal

WASHINGTON, DC.— A second earthquake has struck Nepal in almost as many weeks, hampering already strained relief efforts and inflicting a new wave of damage across the country.

The 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck 42 miles (68km) west of the town of Namche Bazaar, close to Mount Everest. As of this report, there are 13 confirmed casualties with shockwaves felt as far away as the Indian capital of Dehli, and Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

More than three-quarters of the buildings in Kathmandu are uninhabitable or unsafe, according to a recent survey, and tens of thousands of people are living outside under tarpaulins, many provided by the ADRA network.

Our staff on the ground have been surveying Kathmandu and Lalitpur and found that many of the buildings, which were collapsed or damaged on April 25, were fortunately uninhabited during this earthquake, keeping injuries and casualties to a minimum up to this point. Nonetheless, the number is expected to rise as search and rescue efforts begin.

ADRA emergency response staff arrived in Nepal on April 25 to join ADRA Nepal delivering aid and support to communities devastated by the earthquake. Even as additional response begins in the wake of the latest earthquake, our current relief efforts will continue.

How To Help

Aid agencies are asking that those who want to help the people of Nepal give cash donations. “Cash donations enable organizations to respond to urgent needs as they change, which happens frequently in early stages of response,” Said Thierry Van Bignoot, ADRA’s Director for Emergency Management. “They are the most efficient and allow us to purchase goods locally, ensuring that everything we get is culturally and environmentally appropriate.”

About ADRA

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency International is a faith based humanitarian organization that works to empower communities and change lives around the globe by providing sustainable community development and disaster relief. For more information, visit ADRA.org.

ADRA and GlobalMedic partner to provide large tents for health posts. Photo: Baudouin Nach

ADRA, GlobalMedic Deliver Medical Tents

ADRA and GlobalMedic partner to distribute tents to replace health posts

KATHMANDU, NEPAL— ADRA and GlobalMedic have partnered to provide large tents that will provide a temporary place for health posts that have been damaged or destroyed by last month’s earthquake.

“The people of 10 communities in Kavre District will have a better place to receive health services through ADRA working with GlobalMedic and Scheer Memorial Hospital,” explained Simon Lewis, former ADRA Nepal country director and emergency response team member.

Yesterday, ADRA and GlobalMedic delivered a 36-by-20-foot (10-by-6-meter) tent to Scheer Memorial Hospital that will help increase capacity for patients at the hospital.

“This tent is going to allow us to hang onto patients that could go back but don’t have a home to go back to,” said Dale Mole, president of Scheer Memorial Hospital. “After the earthquake we had to have C-sections outdoors because patients were too afraid to enter. This tent gives us capacity we’ve never had before.”

For now, ADRA and GlobalMedic are distributing a total of 15 tents—10 in Kavre, including one at Scheer Memorial Hospital and five in Dhading.

“These tents are so multipurpose,” said David Sakaki, GlobalMedic volunteer. “They could be used for hospitals or for child-friendly spaces, or medical storage.”

A total of 240 health posts were destroyed in areas affected by the earthquake as well as 347 health posts have suffered severe damage. Lewis explained that while these 15 tents will make a large difference in these communities, there’s a lot of unmet need.

“For now, these communities in Dhading and Kavre will have somewhere safe, secure, and dry to meet their doctor, nurse or health worker in dignity,” said Lewis. “But we still need support from the global community to help us provide tents for healthcare.”

About ADRA

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is the humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its work empowers communities and changes lives around the globe by providing sustainable community development and disaster relief. For more information, visit ADRA.org.

Photo: Baudouin Nach

Volunteers help to put together food packs for earthquake victims in Nepal.

ADRA prepares food packs for Nepal

ADRA distributes food packs; partners with Scheer Memorial Hospital

KATHMANDU, NEPAL—ADRA staff and volunteers began packing food kits complete with rice, lentils, noodles, sugar, salt, and oil yesterday. The packs will last a family of six for two weeks, and will be distributed this weekend.

 

Twenty-six community volunteers met ADRA staff yesterday at the Scheer Memorial Hospital’s girl’s dormitory to help pack 1,000 food kits that will go to families in need in remote areas of Dhading.

 

“My friend asked me if I could come to help, so I came,” said Sohil Parajuli, 18, whose home was not affected by the earthquake. “It’s better than just watching the news helplessly. At least this way I can do something.”

 

Scheer Memorial Hospital is providing storage space for the food and a place to store them before distribution, but ADRA’s relationship with Scheer extends much further. In the next two weeks, ADRA and Scheer will run mobile medical camps to reach families in need in distant villages in Sindhupalchok district.

 

Needs assessments teams are reporting that 80-100 percent of health posts in the earthquake-affected areas were destroyed.

 

The mobile reproductive health camps will travel from village to village providing reproductive healthcare including pre and postnatal care, lab testing, and psychosocial counseling.

ADRA will also refer its beneficiaries with medical needs to Scheer Memorial Hospital for care.

“ADRA Nepal and Scheer Memorial Hospital are both dedicated to improving the lives and welfare of the people of Nepal,” said Dale Mole, CEO of Scheer Memorial Hospital. “By coordinating our efforts in a collaborative manner, we can achieve far more together than if each of us worked individually.”

“Scheer Memorial Hospital is our sister organization,” said Bidya Mahat, ADRA Nepal Programs Director. “We have had a longstanding relationship and are looking forward to continuing to work together to bring relief to families who are suffering.”

“In this time of tragedy, it is essential we leverage each organization’s unique abilities to provide relief to those who are suffering, comfort to those who are grieving, and hope to those who are discouraged,” said Mole.

About ADRA

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is the humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its work empowers communities and changes lives around the globe by providing sustainable community development and disaster relief. For more information, visit ADRA.org.

 

ADRA Distributes Tarps in Nepal

ADRA distributes tarps in remote villages

ADRA distributes tarps in hard to reach villages in Nepal

KATHMANDU, NEPAL—ADRA Nepal staff are working around the clock to deliver much-needed tarps and food to families in remote villages in Dhading and Kavre.

Tough road conditions, including rubble from houses destroyed by the earthquake is making distributions more difficult. ADRA workers are driving up to five hours and walking long distances in the mountainous regions of Nepal with tarps and materials to be distributed to communities.

“We are going to great lengths to ensure that even those who are hard to reach receive the urgent assistance that they need as soon as possible,” says Robert Patton, ADRA Emergency Response Coordinator.

Over the last week, ADRA has distributed 1,278 tarps in Dhading district, 900 tarps in Kavre, 50 tarps in Kathmandu, and 64 tents in Lalitpur. There are plans to begin food distributions in addition to continuing shelter distributions later this week.

Families in remote villages are relieved to see they have not been forgotten.

“There is no food, no water, no gas,” said 42-year-old Sushila, mother of four before ADRA distributed tarps in her village. “We are using firewood to cook. The tarpaulin that houses the entire village has holes, so the rain comes through. There are 45-50 people sleeping under the tarp every night.”

Sushila was at the village temple when the earthquake struck. She, her husband and children survived, but her cattle, which were tied to the home, died under a collapsing wall.

“Right now what we need most is a place to stay and something to eat.”

ADRA distributed tarps in her village today.

About ADRA

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is the humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its work empowers communities and changes lives around the globe by providing sustainable community development and disaster relief. For more information, visit ADRA.org.

Tent Distributions in Nepal

ADRA Begins Shelter Distribution

ADRA Begins Shelter Distribution in Nepal

KATHMANDU, NEPAL— Response to the earthquake in Nepal continues as the Adventist Development and Relief Agency begins to distribute much needed shelter to affected families in Dhading and Kavre districts.

Rainfall has already begun in Kathmandu and other affected areas. Meteorologists have predicted rainfall for the next 10 days, creating difficulty and discomfort for those still forced to sleep outside.

“We are working on responding as quickly as possible,” said Robert Patton, ADRA’s emergency response coordinator. “Trying to help protect these families and those who are most vulnerable—children, the elderly, the disabled—from the elements is one of our top priorities.”

Already, ADRA has distributed 1,710 tarps—1,360 in Kavre, where homes have been completely flattened, 345 in Dhading and five in Lalitpur.

Mai Ogawa, a program manager at ADRA Nepal visited Dhading district yesterday in anticipation of another distribution there in coming days.

“I felt helpless when I learned that it takes seven days to walk to the most affected areas. Helicopters have been prioritized for referring injured people and thousands are sleeping in open farming areas with what little they have left,” she explained. “Transportation is our biggest challenge right now.”

How to help

Aid agencies are asking that those who want to help the people of Nepal give cash donations.

“Cash donations enable organizations to respond to urgent needs as they change, which happens frequently in early stages of response,” said Thierry Van Bignoot, ADRA’s Director for Emergency Management. “They are the most efficient and allow us to purchase good locally, ensuring that everything we get is culturally and environmentally appropriate.”

 About ADRA

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is the humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its work empowers communities and changes lives around the globe by providing sustainable community development and disaster relief. For more information, visit ADRA.org.

A cramped street in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Pray for Victims of Earthquake in Nepal

ADRA Emergency Director: “Pray for Victims of Earthquake in Nepal”

Updated on April 25 at 3:44 p.m.

KATHMANDU, NEPAL— A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal about 50 miles from its capital, Kathmandu, on Saturday, leveling buildings and killing hundreds. News sources are reporting 1,400 deaths so far, with the death toll rising.

The earthquake hit around midday local time, flattening buildings while locals and tourists scrambled to get outside into open spaces. Tremors have been felt as far from the epicenter as New Delhi.

“First reports suggest that the destruction is widespread and devastating,” said Thierry Van Bignoot, ADRA’s Director for Emergency Management. “At this time, we ask for your prayers for the people of Nepal and for our team on the ground. We are in the process of finding out more about what’s happened there.”

All ADRA staff has been accounted for and are safe.

“I praise God that the ADRA staff is all safe, however, they need our prayers, as do the people of Nepal at this sad time,” said Robert Patton, ADRA’s Emergency Management Advisor in an email communication today. “At this time we know that up to 80 percent of houses closest to the epicenter of the earthquake are damaged or destroyed.”

More information to come as the story develops.

About ADRA

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency International is the humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its work empowers communities and changes lives around the globe by providing sustainable community development and disaster relief. For more information, visit ADRA.org.

ADRA Philippines distributes emergency food packs after Typhoon Haiyan.

ADRA Urges USAID Leader Appointment

ADRA encourages President Obama to appoint USAID Administrator

WASHINGTON, DC.— On April 15, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International joined more than 100 other individuals and nongovernmental organizations in advocating President Barack Obama to nominate a permanent Administrator to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Although ADRA commends the work of Administrator Rajiv Shah and Acting Administrator Alfonso Lenhardt, the organization and its partners unanimously and unequivocally agree that to ensure the continued effectiveness of USAID’s agenda, a strong, committed leader must be appointed and approved.

“USAID needs an experienced and skilled leader in order to fulfill the ‘long-term commitment to rebuilding USAID as the U.S. Government’s lead development agency and as the world’s premier development agency.’”

Formed in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy “to end extreme poverty and to promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing security and prosperity”, USAID has been a cornerstone and leader of the global development community. As an agency that already lacks a Cabinet-level voice, it is imperative that the organization has strong leadership at the top in order for it to maintain its status as the shining star of humanitarian relief.

For a full copy of the letter sent to President Barack Obama from ADRA and its partners, read the letter below or click here. To learn more about USAID please visit their website at: http://www.usaid.gov

About ADRA

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency International is the humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its work empowers communities and changes lives around the globe by providing sustainable community development and disaster relief. For more information, visit ADRA.org.


April 15, 2015

The President

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500

ATTN: Ms. Gayle Smith, Special Assistant to the President

Dear Mr. President:

We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, urge you to act expeditiously to nominate a permanent Administrator to the United States Agency for International Development. Having a Senate-confirmed appointee at the helm of USAID is essential to advancing U.S. development goals and the aid effectiveness agenda.

We have been pleased to see the administration prioritize development alongside defense and diplomacy as a key pillar of U.S. foreign policy. Under the leadership of Administrator Rajiv Shah and Acting Administrator Alfonso Lenhardt, USAID has proven the important role that foreign assistance plays in support of our policy goals. Without a confirmed political appointment, this continued elevation and inclusion of the development voice is at risk.

In recent years, USAID has made dramatic steps in strengthening its capacity to deliver results for the American people and for people in developing countries around the world. The USAID Forward agenda, for example, is focused on ensuring that U.S. development assistance supports the outcomes of the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, including ownership of development priorities by developing countries, a focus on results and sustainable impact, creating new partnerships for development including all local actors, and ensuring co-operation is transparent and accountable to all citizens.

When the Administrator position was vacant in 2009 for nearly a full year, USAID and its programs suffered. As an agency that already lacks a Cabinet-level voice, having strong leadership at the top is imperative. USAID needs an experienced and skilled leader in order to fulfill the “long-term commitment to rebuilding USAID as the U.S. Government’s lead development agency and as the world’s premier development agency” as articulated in the 2010 policy directive for global development.

We ask that you nominate a new Administrator as soon as possible to sustain strong U.S. leadership on development programs that are vital to our national interests and an expression of our core values, as well as crucial to the lives and well-being of women and men around the globe.

Individuals

William Anderson, MFAN Principal

Nancy A. Aossey, President and CEO, International Medical Corps

Brian Atwood, Dean, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; Former Administrator, USAID

David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World

Rodney Bent

Azzedine Downes, President and CEO, International Fund for Animal Welfare

Pierre Ferrari, President and CEO, Heifer International

Henrietta H. Fore, Former Administrator, USAID

Dr. Helene Gayle, President, CARE

Dr. Edwin H. Gragert, Executive Director, Global Campaign for Education-US

George Ingram, Senior Fellow, Brookings; MFAN Co-Chair

Jim Kunder, Former Deputy Administrator, USAID

Ben Leo, Senior Fellow and Director of Rethinking US Development Policy,
Center for Global Development

Kristin M. Lord, President and CEO, IREX

Senator Richard G. Lugar (Ret.), MFAN Honorary Co-Chair

Barbara McMurray, President and CEO, International Housing Coalition

Peter McPherson, Former Administrator, USAID

Carolyn Miles, President and CEO, Save the Children; MFAN Co-Chair

Amb. (Ret.) Thomas J. Miller, President & CEO, IESC

Rob Mosbacher, Former President and CEO, OPIC

Andrew S. Natsios, Former Administrator, USAID

John Norris, Executive Director of the Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative, Center for American Progress

Larry Nowels, Independent Consultant

Raymond C. Offenheiser, President, Oxfam America

Diana Ohlbaum, President, DLO Global LLC

Carol Peasley, MFAN Principal

The Honorable John Porter, Former Member of U.S. House of Representatives

William S. Reese, President and CEO, International Youth Foundation

Tessie San Martin, President and CEO, Plan International USA

Daniel Runde


Richard L. Santos, President and CEO, IMA World Health

Liz Schrayer


Alexander Shakow, Co-Chair, USAID Alumni Association

Serra Sippel, President, Center for Health and Gender Equity

Alison N. Smith, President and CEO, InsideNGO

Dr. Christine Sow, Executive Director and CEO, Global Health Council

Dr. Jeffrey L. Sturchio, President and CEO, Rabin Martin

Connie Veillette, Senior Fellow, The Lugar Center; MFAN Co-Chair

Jennifer Windsor, CEO, Women for Women International

Organizations

1,000 Days

ACDI/VOCA

Action Against Hunger

ActionAid

Adeso

ADRA International

Alliance to End Hunger

American Friends Service Committee

American Jewish World Service

American Refugee Committee

American Values Network

Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development

Bread for the World

Buddhist Global Relief

CARE

Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)

ChildFund International

Church World Service

Concern Worldwide

Congressional Hunger Center

Counterpart International

Fanm Ayisyen Nam Miyami, Inc.

Food Tank
Foods Resource Bank

Freedom House

General Board of Church and Socety of the United Methodist Church

Global Campaign for Education-US

Global Communities

Global Fund for Women

Global Health Council

Global Poverty Project

Habitat for Humanity

Heifer International

Helen Keller International

ICCO

IESC

IFES

IMA World Health

InsideNGO

Institute for Sustainable Communities

InterAction

International Center for Not-for-Profit Law

International Fund for Animal Welfare

International Housing Coalition

International Medical Corps

International Youth Foundation

Internews

IntraHealth International

IREX

Islamic Relief USA

Living Earth Institute

Mali Nyeta, Inc.

Mercy Corps

Milennium Water Alliance

Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network

NCBA CLUSA

ONE

Oxfam America

Pact

PAI

PCI

Plan International USA

Rabin Martin

Refugees International

RESULTS

Save the Children

The Borgen Project

USAID Alumni Association

Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA)

WASH Advocates

Water for South Sudan

WaterAid America

Women for Afghan Women (DC Office)

Women for Women International

Women Thrive Worldwide

World Concern

 

Support for Victims of Boko Haram Insurgency

ADRA Continues to Support Victims of Boko Haram Insurgency

LAGOS, NIGERIA—One year ago, Boko Haram’s abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria captured the attention of the world and provoked the #BringBackOurGirls viral campaign.

On Monday April 13, UNICEF announced that Boko Haram has to date rendered a total of 800,000 children and their families homeless in Northern Nigeria.

“ADRA is on the frontlines of this crisis,” said Marie-Jo Guth, ADRA’s Program Manager for Emergencies. “Our colleagues at ADRA Nigeria are doing an amazing job by bringing life-saving food to families that have suffered the most brutal abuses from Boko Haram.”

ADRA is distributing food to about 1,500 internally displaced persons (IDPs), providing psychosocial support to 100 displaced children, has provided assistance to help mitigate diarrhea disease among 200 children under the age of five, and has given prenatal mentoring to 30 pregnant women in Kwana Waya Camp.

Boko Haram has completely destroyed entire villages, causing millions to flee their homes in search of safety. The National Emergency Management Agency reported in March that there are 1.2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Nigeria. The attacks have also prompted 203,000 Nigerians and stranded migrants to escape to neighboring countries. In Adamawa State Nigeria, where ADRA is working, there are nearly 218,000 IDPs.

Our current work in Adamawa state has been difficult due to limited road access. ADRA staff has gone to great lengths, transporting themselves and materials by air and purchasing vehicles locally.

“Our team are deploying incredible efforts and demonstrating a great sense of dedication for their humanitarian mission,” said Guth.

About ADRA

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International is the humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its work empowers communities and changes lives around the globe by providing sustainable community development and disaster relief. For more information, visit ADRA.org.

Cleanup After Cyclone Pam Begins

Cleanup begins in Vanuatu, ADRA’s response continues

PORT VILA, VANUATU— The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)

is playing a key role in securing the health and sanitation in 10 of the 20 evacuation centers in Port Vila. ADRA has made plumbed water available at nine of the 10 evacuation centers with the last evacuation center’s tank being refilled by the fire service.

The number of latrines in the evacuation centers is still inadequate, with as many as 300 people using one toilet. ADRA is continuing to provide hygiene information sessions in 10 evacuation centers. Field staff has already distributed hygiene supplies to families in the centers, including soap and other prepositioned materials.

“Ensuring good hygiene is critical following a disaster like this,” said Mark le Roux, ADRA Vanuatu Country Director. “Disease can spread quickly and with health services already stretched the situation can turn deadly.”

ADRA’s plan of action includes installing additional latrines, building temporary bathing facilities, and continuing hygiene messaging daily.

ADRA has also deployed a team of volunteers to help with cleanup efforts in the urban areas of Port Vila. Although the power outage continues, the weather has remained clear, allowing residents to start cleaning up and gathering what is left of their homes.

Logistical issues in response to the Cyclone Pam’s devastation are hampering the ability to respond on other islands.

“Communication between the islands is still down,” reported le Roux. “We still don’t have a good picture of the cyclone’s impact on many of the islands.”

Further information will be provided as it becomes available.

Follow ADRA International on Twitter and Facebook for more updates.

About ADRA

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency International is the humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its work empowers communities and changes lives around the globe by providing sustainable community development and disaster relief. For more information, visit ADRA.org.