Families were given basic food items like rice, cooking oil, salt and tarpaulin sheets for temporary shelters. ERDO was initially hoping to help 500 families but because of your generous support 1,379 families were reached!
With another partner we were able to reach another 6,415 people in 20 very remote communities. This relief response was carried out in 5 stages from the end of April to the end of July 2015. Relief supplies included rice, potatoes, oil, salt, cooking spices, emergency medicines, water bottles and solar lights.
Generous donors made it possible to respond quickly to the pressing need for emergency food, medical supplies and housing.
Another earthquake hit Nepal on May 12th resulting in further damage and over 70 deaths. The current death toll from both quakes is reported by the UNHCR as 8,316 with another 16,808 injured. ERDO has been working in Nepal since after the first earthquake. David Adcock, ERDO's CEO was in Nepal between May 15th and 20th to assess the earthquake damage and plan further response.
According to the US Geological Survey, the second earthquake in eastern Nepal had a magnitude of 7.3 while the earlier quake on April 25th centered in western Nepal had a magnitude of 7.8.
There have been several aftershocks, including a May 20th magnitude 4.4 which David Adcock felt while waiting for his flight home.
More than 3.5 million people are estimated to be in need of food.
As our first phase of response, ERDO coordinated with our local partners, Assemblies of God Nepal, Talitha Koumi Ministries, and GEMS (Gospel Echoing Missionary Society) and distributed emergency relief kits.
These relief kits contain essentials to help families for one week:
- Food packets containing rice, lentils, salt, sugar and oil
- Blankets and sleeping bags
- Plastic sheets
- A flashlight
- Basic medical supplies and water purification tablets
A donation of $170 provides an emergency relief kit for one family. While funds already received from donors have been sent to fund these kits, more supplies are needed. In this time of crisis, any amount is greatly appreciated to meet the needs of the hungry.
The emergency relief kits were distributed in the neediest communities in central Nepal, with the majority of the supplies distributed within a 60 kilometre radius of the capital city of Kathmandu.
Our partner, Talitha Koumi, has been in Kathmandu since a few days after the earthquake and was focussing on Bhaktapur where the need is huge and thousands of people are staying under tents and are not able to back to their homes because their homes have either collapsed or have cracks and are at risk of collapse.
Working through three local churches in Bhaktapur, the Talitha Koumi (TK) team held meetings with the local community leaders, government officials and the congregation of the church to plan a response on ERDO's behalf that fed 2,500 to 3,000 per day over three days and provided safe drinking water. TK also distributed medical supplies brought in from Bangladesh to government hospitals and doctors to treat the injured.
ERDO's has helped people around the world for over 30 years. The Financial Post noted ERDO as one of the top 25 charities in Canada (2014 & 2015), out of the 85,000 registered in Canada.