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Update 5/1/15, 4:00 pm PST
We’ve confirmed that 3 children in our Child Sponsorship Program in our Gorkha project site have died. 53% of children in our program throughout Gorkha have been confirmed safe; our efforts to confirm the status of all children in our program is still currently ongoing.
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Good Neighbors’ 110 member emergency relief team is currently on the ground in Nepal, responding to the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25th, which occurred about 80km northwest of Kathmandu.
“Tall buildings crumbled to the ground, and everywhere there were people filled with fear, crying and running frantically as they looked for safe shelter. Most of the roads in Kathmandu are closed and stores are just beginning to reopen, so this makes it extremely difficult to purchase basic supplies. People affected by the earthquake need water, food and access to safe shelter.” – Bimal Bist, Manager of Good Neighbors Nepal Emergency Relief Team
Gorkha, one of our Good Neighbors community development project sites in Nepal for more than 10 years, is near the epicenter of the earthquake, so most of the area is still isolated and inaccessible due to damaged roads. We are making efforts to reach all our project communities to confirm the safety of all our sponsored children in the area. So far, 200 people are reported dead and 150 injured from the district.
According to OCHA, as of April 30th, the Government of Nepal reported the following:
- 5,582 deaths
- 11,175 injured
- 130,000+ homes destroyed
- 85,856 homes damaged
- Government premises have been badly hit
- 10,141 destroyed buildings
- 13,502 damaged buildings
- 3million+ people are estimated to be in need of food assistance
Shortly after the earthquake struck, Good Neighbors immediately set-up a situation room and established a hot line with our office in Nepal so that we could share information and make plans for relief response. Before major relief operations began, we dispatched our first emergency relief team while we installed base camps in Kathmandu and Gorkha.
Shortly after the earthquake struck, Good Neighbors International pledged to support $400,000 in aid, but increased support on April 30th to an additional $600,000, making the total $1 million.
On April 28th and 30th, Good Neighbors distributed emergency kits (waterproof tarp, blankets and food) to 200 families in the Phinam village development committee and 200 families in Aruarubang village development committee respectively. We are also looking into ways to reach isolated areas by possibly using a helicopter or additional trucks so that we can distribute additional emergency kits.
Good Neighbors was the first organization to distribute emergency kits in Gorkha. Currently we are preparing for another phase of distribution. On May 2nd, Good Neighbors is planning to distribute 500 sets of tarpaulins (6.5 tons), and on May 4th, a medical team from Wonju Severance Christian Hospital will be operating a mobile clinic in the northern area of Gorkha.
Good Neighbors has designated Gorkha as a “Special Disaster Zone” and plans to focus all our relief efforts in the area. We are also planning to hold a series of meetings with the local authorities and community members for long term reconstruction for the district.
“We are focusing all our efforts to respond to areas that are most affected by the quake. Every day we are trying to reach villages that have been cut-off due to landslides and damage. Our short term plan is to continue focusing on emergency assistance. After that, we will transition to long term recovery efforts through psycho-social programs, mobile medical clinics and new shelters. – Mr. Noh Kyoung-hoo, Good Neighbors Nepal Country Director
Timeline of Good Neighbors Activities:
– Good Neighbors International pledges to support an additional $600,000 for emergency relief, increasing the total support to $1 million
– Emergency kits (food, tarp and blankets) were distributed to 200 families in a village in Gorkha called Aruarubang
– Met with local authorities to plan second distribution of emergency kits
– Good Neighbors dispatches third emergency response team
– Assess the safety of sponsored children in Gorkha (still ongoing).
– Successfully accessed northern part of Gorkha district
– Continue to assess safety of all sponsored children in Nepal and devastation in Kathmandu
– Confirmed the death of 1 child, 1 injured and 2 missing children from our Child Sponsorship Program
– Distributed emergency kits to 200 families in Phinam, Gorkha
– Confirmed 165 children from Phinam Child Sponsorship Program are safe
– Discussed second distribution of emergency kits with local authorities
– Secured additional emergency relief supplies and trucks
– Renewed efforts to enter other communities affected by the earthquake
– Second emergency relief team dispatched from Good Neighbors International
– Assessed damages in the Gorkha district and inspect all sponsored children
– Accessed the community of Phinam and held meetings with the local council
– Coordinated relief efforts with local authorities, military and police
– Preparations to distribute emergency kits
– Good Neighbors dispatches first emergency relief team
– Good Neighbors establishes base camps in Kathmandu and Gorkha
– Due to ongoing after-shocks and the damaged roads, access to communities is limited
– Met with local authorities from Gorkha about emergency relief efforts
– Acquired 400 emergency relief kits consisting of waterproof tarp, food and blankets
– Established an emergency situation room at Good Neighbors International
– Good Neighbors pledges $400,000 in aid for Nepal
– Good Neighbors Nepal assesses the damage and casualties of the earthquake in our project sites
– Good Neighbors Nepal participates in emergency relief meetings hosted by the Nepal government
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