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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.

 

Morning Glories surround a building destroyed by the earthquake in Nepal

Beauty in the Brokenness

I never imagined my first visit to Nepal would be to lead the communication efforts during the aftermath of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. But here I am.

Morning Glories surround a building destroyed by the earthquake in Nepal

I’m here in the middle of a disaster zone grabbing breakfast with the rest of our emergency response team (ERT), thinking about what I’ve seen so far since I arrived.

Getting up in the mornings after several aftershocks throughout the night is hard. I spent the first few nights in Kathmandu half asleep and half awake. And that’s me—I wasn’t here for the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shattered the lives of millions in Nepal and surrounding countries. The locals were still very terrified. Even if their homes were still intact, they have been sleeping outdoors for fear that the next time they wouldn’t be so lucky.

The first couple of days, I was in a haze. Jetlag and the rigorous work schedule had me so tired that I was on autopilot getting from the guesthouse to the office.

But although I was exhausted, my heart was (and still is) broken. People are suffering immensely. Most lost their homes; many lost their loved ones.

One morning, our group was unusually quiet during our commute to the ADRA Nepal office. As I walked with a heavy heart I thought, “I don’t think I can bear another story from this earthquake. It’s too sad. My heart is too heavy.”

In that moment, one of our colleagues stopped and gasped in awe. What I saw when I looked up completely took my breath away.

“Beauty in the brokenness,” said Britt Celine, from ADRA Norway as she took a photo of beautiful Morning Glories blooming over what was left of a house destroyed by the quake.

I couldn’t agree with her more.

Beauty in the brokenness.

Until then, I had been focusing on the sadness and desperation of the brokenness. But I wasn’t thinking about how brave our ADRA Nepal staff had been.

Though they had been greatly affected like most, they are our very own Nepali heroes, serving people impacted by the earthquake despite their own needs.

I hadn’t been thinking about how the Nepalese were caring for one another, offering each other food, clearing the rubble, and sharing tarps and tents with their neighbors during the rain.

Then there is the flood of international support. Humanitarian workers from all over the world have poured in to help the people of Nepal. And those who haven’t been able to come have been praying and sharing words of encouragement and financial support.

The losses are great and unimaginable.

But every time there is a disaster, I see resilience in the human spirit and a spirit of service and compassion toward those who are suffering. It gives me hope that the brokenness will never win.

-Natalia López-Thismón

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

Shelter Distribution Begins in Nepal

Response to the earthquake in Nepal continues as ADRA 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.”
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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.

Massive 7.8 Earthquake Devastates Nepal

A 7.9 magnitude earthquake has devastated much of Nepal, leaving thousands dead, injured, and missing.

Search and rescue teams have yet to reach remote and rural regions and with strong aftershocks still shaking the country, more destruction is anticipated, with a likely increase in the death toll.

The need in Nepal is strong and very urgent: 

  • • The ADRA Nepal office and staff escaped harm allowing them to immediately begin the relief efforts.
  • The death toll is more than 4,000 and rising quickly.
  • More than 7,000 people are reported injured with hospitals struggling to meet the need.
  • 35 of the 75 districts within Nepal have been affected with damage and casualties also reported in neighboring countries.
  • Reports indicate up to70% of homes and villages are damaged or destroyed in nearby rural areas.
  • Thousands are sleeping outside in freezing temperatures either because their homes have been destroyed or they fear falling debris from ongoing aftershocks.

ADRA Nepal is already responding with plastic sheeting for temporary shelter, and relief supplies from the ADRA network are already en route. An additional ten ADRA Emergency Response Team members from several countries are on their way to Nepal to assist the local office with coordination and continued relief efforts.

The current response is focusing on shelter while looking ahead to additional assistance in food, water, and health care to prevent the spread of disease in the wake of the disaster.
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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.