The statistics regarding the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal speak for themselves:
* 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25 April 2015
* 7.3 magnitude earthquake on 12 May
* at least 8,773 people killed and more than 23,000 people injured
* nearly 750,000 houses collapsed and 6,000 schools destroyed
* nearly 1 million children can't return to school
* 8 million people are directly affected - that's more than a quarter of the population.
In the Rasuwa District where RONEP works with HHCP some 12,000 families are now homeless and struggling to survive. Some 53 schools completely collapsed, 967 people are dead and 173 are still missing.
THANK YOU to everyone for your donations, both big and small.
It is a miracle that all 69 of the education sponsored children in Rasuwa district are alive and well. Unfortunately 16 people helped through the 'Pig and Goat' project were killed. Our hearts go out to their families and to the people in the Rasuwa district who are now homeless.
WHAT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED 'ON THE GROUND'
HHCP, working in the rural parts of the Rasuwa district in the Langtang region, close to the epicentre, has used the generous donations made through Reach Out Nepal and others to:
- provide 1000 families with sheets of corrugated iron to provide shelter. Some 8000 corrugated iron sheets have been distributed ie 8 sheets/family
- distribute food, particularly just after the first quake. HHCP has distributed 2,000 kg of rice, 100 kg of lentils, 100 kg of salt, 500 kg of sugar, 200 litres of cooking oils.
- distribute 280 tarpaulines in the villages of Jibajibe,Sarsiu, Ghormu and Yarsa.
These are major achievements for the HHCP volunteers in Nepal and Reach Out Nepal in Australia. The partnership works extremely well but unfortunately much more help is needed. Please continue to spread the word.
Rebuild temporary schools and shelter project
Schools reopened in early June but students are terrified of being in the classrooms and only very small numbers of students are actually attending school now. HHCP wants to build Temporary Learning Centres (TLC) to be used immediately instead of the collapsed schools. The rebuilding of new schools is likely to take years. Students who live a long way from their school also need help because they do not have shelter near the school as their old rental places have collapsed. HHCP wants to help build shelters for these students so they can continue to study at school.
To build TLC and student shelters we need only provide corrugated iron sheets and the necessary timbers or bamboo as the students and their parents would build what is needed themselves on free land where communities are able to provide this.