Thank you to so many of you who have reached out with your kind thoughts and donations. We truly appreciate it.
As you know Nepal was struck by a devastating earthquake on Saturday. The situation on the ground is disastrous. The epicentre is right in the heart of our working area near Pokhara, and has destroyed communities over 70kms away including Kathmandu, Bharatpur, and Kirtipur.
We have been in contact with most of our partners and beneficiaries and have confirmation they are safe. We are still trying to reach others but communication remains difficult. CWS HK founder and Country Director, Douglas Maclagan, and his family are all safe and unharmed.
As of today, Monday the 27th, 12pm the death toll has risen to over 3,200 people with over 6,500 people injured. The number is likely to rise substantially.
Our teams on the ground are already involved in supporting relief operations and have started working together with other NGOs and the government who is coordinating relief efforts in the country. Despite the government’s best efforts they are severely lacking resources and have to rely on local NGOs and international aid.
Our teams are in Kathmandu and Pokhara providing hands-on support, health care and counseling to survivors.
We are putting together an emergency appeal to raise HK$500,000. 100% will be sent directly to our teams in Nepal.
Right now we need emergency funds to help our partners respond to urgent needs. Many people are looking for places to donate but do not know where so please do direct them towards us. When the needs become clearer, we will be able to see if in-kind donations are needed but for now we would prefer financial support.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us on 2526 8810.
We are setting up a mailing list for people who wish to receive regular updates of what is happening on the ground with our partners and projects, if you wish to receive them, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also update our website and Facebook pages regularly.
Thank you so much for your help and continued support,
Nepal now needs you more than ever.
The CWS team