Dear friends, so many of you have been reaching out to ask what is needed on the ground in the midst of the humanitarian crisis in Nepal. [Thank you! YOU are amazing!] We are working to respond to the need and to share with you some specific ways you can support our sisters and brothers in Nepal.
Today, I spoke with our dear friend, Neena Jain, founder of emBOLDen Alliances. Wow. What a powerhouse of compassion, strength, vision, energy, and brilliance! Below is one remarkable possibility for you to consider as to what calls to you to do.
From emBOLDen Alliances | Nepal RESPONSE
THE SITUATION (from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs):
- As of 27 April, the Government reports 3,351 deaths and 6,833 injured people.
- 8 million people in 39 districts have been affected, of which over 2 million people live in the 11 severely affected districts.
- Priority needs include food, water, shelter and medication. Over 1.4 million people are in need of food assistance.
- In addition, as powerful aftershocks continue to shake the region, Nepal’s residents have taken to tent cities. Some are afraid to enter buildings again, others have nowhere else to go.
Almost all of emBOLDen Alliances’ Team and Board Members have spent time working, climbing, or living in Nepal and feel deeply for our friends who have been affected by the disaster.
emBOLDen Alliances is proud to be partnering with IMAT/ ClarionGlobalResponse to send two Team Members (Brad Keating leaving this week and Neena Jain leaving next week) for immediate medical relief. We do not make this decision lightly; we have significant experience in humanitarian crises and are preparing to arrive self-sufficient in order to maximize resources for communities on the ground.
We are also proud to be partnering with Seeds of Exchange to support rebuilding efforts through local community-based organizations dedicated to women’s education and empowerment, youth development, and community sustainability.
A huge thanks to our great friends Mark Gunlogson of Mountain Madness and to Jake Norton for continuing our coordination efforts of resources of all kinds!
Great to work synergistically and collaboratively!
WHAT YOU CAN DO
We anticipate the needs on the ground to change quickly. We aim to be flexible, adaptive, and work with local partners who have been tirelessly responding already through this crisis.
Photo by Aaron Santelices