09 May 2015

UMCOR Sends News on Nepal

People survey a site damaged by an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 25, 2015.
A recently approved grant of $85,066 from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to CASA, Church Auxiliary for Social Action, will meet emergency needs and provide immediate relief for 1,000 earthquake-affected families in Nepal.

About 60 of the 75 districts of the country were impacted by the April 25 earthquake. To date, more than 7,600 people have died and 16,392 are injured. In addition, 284,455 houses have been destroyed and another 234,102 homes are damaged. More than a week after the quake, some 37,500 survivors in the Kathmandu Valley continued to live and sleep out in the open. More than 8 million are in need of humanitarian assistance.

Immediately following the earthquake, UMCOR also granted $90,200 to partner GlobalMedic to ensure clean, safe water for survivors. Today’s grant to CASA brings the total of UMCOR support so far to more than $175,000.

CASA, which is based in India, will use the funding to purchase relief supplies and transport them to Nepal, where longtime partner United Mission to Nepal (UMN) will distribute them to 1,000 families who are among the most vulnerable impacted by the earthquake.

The relief supplies include blankets, sleeping mats, a set of cooking utensils, including pots and plates, as well as hygiene kits that contain soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, female hygiene products, towels, shampoo, and more.

You can support this work and help restore hope and dignity to affected communities with your gifts to International Disaster Response, Advance #982450.

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