A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015 at midday local time. The epicenter is located 50 miles NW of the capital, Kathmandu. Over 6 million people live within 60 miles of the epicenter. Other nearby cities, such as Pokhara, are expected to be affected as well. An hour later, a strong aftershock of 6.6 magnitude was reported and aftershocks continue to occur.
More than 6,000 deaths and twice as many injuries have been reported and is continuing to rise. Buildings and infrastructure have been damaged and destroyed and mobile telephone communications are down in some areas, particularly in and around the capital city. The mountainous terrain in the northern part of Nepal is vulnerable to landslides and following the earthquake, there are reports of avalanches in the Himalayas and from Mt. Everest base camp.
The greatest anticipated needs after an earthquake are typically for medical assistance, shelter, clean water, and relief supplies.
Whenever a natural disaster strikes, one of the resources we offer our employees is a one-stop list of EGP nonprofits that are responding. Click on their links below to learn more.
American Red Cross – The American Red Cross has committed $1 million, deployed a total of 9 disaster specialists and is providing relief supplies to support the response. As the response grows, the American Red Cross is working closely with the Nepal Red Cross and the global Red Cross network to coordinate additional support. Our continued activities will focus on the following: assessments and coordination, relief/cash transfer, IT/Telecommunications, information management/geographic information systems (GIS), and restoring family links.
Catholic Relief Services – CRS and our partner Caritas Nepal plan to support 15,000 families with emergency shelter, blankets, water treatment kits and hygiene kits. Because this region is known for earthquakes, CRS had prepositioned emergency aid in nearby Bihar, India. Temporary shelter kits, water purification kits and hygiene kits for 2,000 families–are being transported to Nepal for immediate distribution.
Peace Winds America – Peace Winds America and sister organization, Peace Winds Japan, are already onsite, delivering food, water, and assisting with search and rescue and with shelter.
Seva – Working directly with partner hospitals in Nepal.
ShelterBox USA – Shelter Box has a kit in country after responding to the flooding there in 2014. A team arrived there on 26 April to conduct initial assessments and begin sheltering families.
A federation of international relief & development organizations 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. Read full details
- Doctors without Borders
- Handicap International
- International Medical Corps
- Mercy Corps
- Oxfam America
- Plan International USA
- Project HOPE
- Save the Children
- UNICEF, U.S. Fund for
- World Vision
Neighbor to Nation member charities:
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake has hit near the capital city of Kathmandu, Nepal, leaving thousands of homes and buildings destroyed. The death toll continues to rise, and many more families have been displaced. Neighbor To Nation’s charities are on the ground responding to the disaster. Read full details
- Blessings International
- Christian Blind Mission
- Christian Relief Fund
- Food for the Hungry
- Operation Blessing International Relief and Development Corp.
- Samaritan’s Purse
- World Concern – A Division of CRISTA Ministries