Global Impact and Member Charities respond to Nepal Earthquake

Global Impact

A federation of U.S. based international charities, has set up the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund to support the rescue, relief and rebuilding efforts of Global Impact’s charities responding to the earthquake. Donations to the fund will provide people and communities in need with clean drinking water, food supplies, relief kits, necessary medical attention and safe shelter.

AmeriCares – AmeriCares is preparing shipments of medical aid and relief supplies for survivors to be shipped from our warehouses as our stocks of emergency medicine and relief supplies in warehouses in the U.S., Europe and India can be delivered quickly in times of crisis.

CARE – CARE has over 150 staff in Nepal already working in the majority of the most affected districts. CARE staff on the ground are now putting plans in place to assist up to 75,000 people with temporary shelter, ready-to-eat meals, water purification and toilet construction.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières USA – MSF sent eight medical and non-medical teams to assist victims of the Nepal Earthquake. Additionally, an inflatable hospital arrived today and will be set up tomorrow, thirty tons of emergency supplies were dispatched from MSF’s supply depot in Ostende, Belgium and a 35-ton charter with another inflatable hospital, drugs will depart soon.

Handicap International – One of the first NGOs to respond to the disaster, Handicap International began triaging patients and distributing wheelchairs and supplies at Kathmandu’s two main hospitals early Saturday. Teams will provide post-trauma rehabilitation in these two hospitals, providing care to injured people (e.g. head injuries, open wounds) in collaboration with orthopedic surgeons. Staff will continue to provide medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, crutches, walkers and splints. In addition, teams at the two hospitals will provide patients with psychological support and ensure they have access to food.

International Medical Corps – International Medical Corps is providing emergency medical services using Mobile Medical Units, and mobilizing local volunteer doctors and nurses to help. International Medical Corps is also procuring and delivering medicine and medical supplies; providing shelter materials, blankets, clean water and hygiene materials; and providing ongoing support to other teams on the ground.

Mercy Corps – At the request of the Nepali government, Mercy Corps plans to procure and distribute non-food items such as shelter kits and tarps, in addition to supporting the operational costs of the Nepal Red Cross. They will carry out a needs assessment in the coming days to identify gaps in service to maximize impact across the entire response effort.

Oxfam America – Oxfam aid workers are on the ground, providing clean water, toilets, and shelter to thousands of people. Oxfam is now stepping up its relief effort to help an initial 350,000 people affected by the earthquake. They are working in four open-air sites in the Kathmandu Valley, delivering water and building toilets. Over the coming days they will work with other agencies to provide clean water to 16 open-air sites set up by the government of Nepal and to provide food and shelter, while also expanding operations outside Kathmandu.

Plan International USAPlan was one of the first humanitarian agencies on the ground, assessing the damage and needs, and responding now to support affected children and their families. Their priority is to save lives. They are focusing on clearing buildings and searching for people trapped in the rubble. They are also providing food, water and shelter to survivors.

Project HOPE – Currently, they have staff on the ground in India, including a volunteer coordinator, continuing to assess the situation, and an expert disaster logistics specialist is in route to the area. They are coordinating HOPE’s initial disaster relief response to get needed medicines, supplies and volunteer help to Nepal as soon as possible.

Save the ChildrenWhile this work will be informed by ongoing rapid assessments and be flexible as conditions on the ground and the evolving needs of children and families dictate, Save the Children’s initial program priorities are focused on health, shelter and non-food relief, child protection and education. Save the Children charity has begun the delivery of 136 tarpaulins in Kathmandu, while in the earthquake-affected Bhaktapur district, 180 baby packs – which include children’s clothes, blankets and soap – are being distributed to those in need. Save the Children will also begin distributing many more items to some of the hardest-hit regions outside Kathmandu Valley, including Gorkha and Sindhupalchowk districts.

UNICEF, The U.S. Fund for – UNICEF is now co-leading the WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene), Education, Nutrition, and child protection clusters, providing key humanitarian leadership and coordination. UNICEF is currently mobilizing an urgent response to meet the needs of children affected by this devastating earthquake. UNICEF has started receiving requests for assistance for essential drugs, medical and surgical equipment (trauma kits), and tents for emergency hospitals. Currently, UNICEF has $800,000 worth of pre-positioned supplies to cover immediate needs such as water purification tablets, hygiene kits, tarpaulins and nutrition supplies. UNICEF is working with the Government and other partners to meet the immediate needs of children in the areas of water and sanitation, child protection, education, health and nutrition. Forty percent of these items are in UNICEF’s Kathmandu warehouse, and the remaining supplies are in Biratnagar, Nepalganj and Bharatpur in the Terai (southern plain) area. UNICEF’s Supply Division in Copenhagen is also on alert should additional supplies need to be dispatched farm stocks in Dubai.

World VisionWorld Visions is focused on shelter and distribution of non-food-items, child protection – including establishing three child-friendly spaces, education, and WASH.  World Vision Nepal is setting up three Child-Friendly Spaces so children have a safe space to play and receive important psycho-social care following the trauma of the quake. Child-friendly Spaces provide a safe daycare-like place for parents to leave their children for the day, enabling them to focus on the long process of rebuilding their lives.