CEO of Trowbridge based Business against Poverty (BaP) gives TBE readers an insight into what it is currently like on the ground in Nepal following the earthquake on April 25. More than 8,000 people were killed and over 14,000 injured.
The UN estimates that 8 million people across the country are affected by the disaster – more than a quarter of the population. Over 750,000 houses have been destroyed or damaged.
BaP have been working hard to boost funds and get aid to those really in need.
Here is our update on Nepal, what we have achieved and what still needs to be done. We are in a unique position because we have Krishna, our project leader, on the ground. This means we have been able to react quicker than most organisations, targeting the people who need our help the most. We are delighted to be able to say that all of the children on our sponsorship scheme have been accounted for. Some of them are now living in tents but all have temporary accommodation of one sort or another, with access to food and water (although contaminated purification tablets have been distributed to them).
So far Krishna has provided aid and assistance to just under 650 people (including 122 families) in the form of tents, food and medical supplies. The government is doing what it can but Krishna has told us that there is not enough for everyone. He has been able to distribute two weeks’ worth of food but more is needed and prices are rising and no doubt will continue to do so.
Whilst there are many more people who need immediate aid it is absolutely vital we put in place longer term support. The monsoon season has already begun and without proper shelter people, particularly the very old and the very young, will be in danger. We will continue to distribute tents (200 are needed in Pokhara alone) but we do not know how well they will stand up to the weather, what we really need is to get people back into houses. There are buildings which can be repaired but materials, particularly roofing supplies, are desperately needed.
Our members generosity has enabled us to raise £10,000 so far, an incredible amount of money! The harsh reality however is that with emergency aid supplies still needed, as well as building materials, it is just not enough. To build a new house would cost £2,500 but £400 will provide roofing materials to repair an existing dwelling. Even £5 helps though, it enables us to buy five kilo of pulses, £20 gives a child access to medicine, whilst £35 would buy a small tent. We are asking you to donate what you can, and if you are able to make a regular donation, even of just £5, via Direct Debit that would enable us to plan for the next few months not just the next few weeks.
If you go to our website you can make either a one off or regular donation. Using the web page means we can claim Gift Aid and increase your donation by 25%. Alternatively you can donate by:
- BACS to 40:52:40, A/c No. 00017199 Ref:Nepal
- text GENE09 £(and the amount to wish to donate) to 70070
- credit card or cheque – call 01225 718920 (Mon – Thurs) for further details
It is shocking how quickly the press has pushed Nepal down their agenda, you may not have even been aware that aftershocks are continuing to shake the country or that the monsoon season is so imminent. Keeping Nepal at the forefront of people’s consciousness is a practical way in which you can contribute even if you cannot donate anything today. So please, tell your friends and family about what is happening and how we are able to help and together we can stop this becoming an even bigger disaster. Thank you for your ongoing support.
People against Poverty