The following is taken from a piece on the “Catholic Universe” website.
The total donated by Catholics in England and Wales to CAFOD’s Nepal Earthquake appeal has now reached £3 million, helping the agency and its partners to offer critical aid and support to more than 260,000 people in the two months since the disaster.
Janet Crossley, CAFOD’s emergency response manager for Nepal, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response of parishes, schools and individuals across England and Wales. Their amazing generosity has helped us to deliver food, shelter kits and emergency supplies to some of the worst hit villages across Nepal.
“With the monsoon rains now starting in earnest, our Church partners are working around the clock to reach more communities before roads become impassable. They are hiking up mountains, pushing trucks for miles through mud, and even taking helicopters to reach those most in need.
“Although it will take years for Nepal to recover completely, the compassion of our supporters is giving people who lost everything a real sense of hope.”
The earthquake that struck on 25th April was the most powerful to hit Nepal for more than 80 years. It tore apart the lives of millions of people and destroyed more than 500,000 homes. A second major earthquake on Tuesday, 12th May added to the devastation.
CAFOD supporters have organised a wide range of fundraising events to help people rebuild their lives. Children at St Mary’s RC Primary School in Middlewich dressed up as superheroes to raise money, while pupils at St Louis Catholic Academy in Newmarket drew a two-metre-long map of Nepal in the school playground, which they then covered with cash.
Thanks to these donations and many others like them, CAFOD has worked with Caritas Nepal, Catholic Relief Services and other organisations in the Caritas family of Catholic aid agencies to deliver emergency shelter – including tarpaulins and corrugated iron sheets – as well as blankets, mats, cooking equipment, and hygiene kits to help prevent the spread of disease.
CAFOD has also deployed specialist humanitarian staff to lead the joint Caritas work on water, sanitation and hygiene management, and on the protection of children and vulnerable adults. In total, thanks to the generosity of Catholics around the world, CAFOD and other Caritas agencies have delivered aid to more than 260,000 people in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kavre, Okhaldunga, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Sindhupalchowk, Sinhuli, Gorkha, Lamjung and Dhading.
Fr Pius Perumana, director of Caritas Nepal, thanked all those who have donated. He said: “This is the true expression of Christian spirit: ‘What you do to the least of my brothers or sisters you do unto me.’ “I am really overwhelmed by the generosity and commitment of our brothers and sisters from across the world. We are shaken but not beaten. We shall rise as one stronger Nepal.”