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Our Response to the Earthquake in Nepal

April 29, 2015

Today we’re announcing two emergency response grants totaling $1 million dollars to meet the critical needs of those affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, April 25. The grants have been awarded to Oxfam America and Lutheran World Relief.

The first grant is a $700,000 emergency response grant to Oxfam America. 

With the funds from this grant, Oxfam will work closely with local partners to provide much-needed water, sanitation and hygiene services. Oxfam will also distribute important household goods and hygiene kits so that people may address daily needs and maintain a sense of dignity. As so many people have lost their livelihoods, Oxfam will also work to get emergency cash and food vouchers in the hands of the people who need it most. These efforts will primarily focus on areas near the epicenter of the earthquake in Kathmandu Valley: Kathmandu, Gorkha, Lamjung and Sindhupalchowk.

The second grant is a $300,000 emergency response grant to Lutheran World Relief

With funds from this grant, Lutheran World Relief will work closely with local partners to provide critical shelter support. They will also distribute water filters, household goods such as blankets and personal care kits. As with Oxfam, Lutheran World Relief will also use cash transfer mechanisms and provide immediate rapid cash vouchers to ensure that those who have lost their livelihoods are able to meet their basic needs during this difficult period. These efforts will initially focus on Kathmandu, Gorkha and Lamjung districts. They will also work to assess needs in areas that are more difficult to access.

As the situation continues to develop, both organizations may shift their responses when necessary and appropriate.

How you can help
We encourage those who wish to help to consider making a monetary donation to one of our emergency response partners providing on-the-ground relief.

Your donations to these on-the-ground efforts will have real impact on the lives of those affected by this disaster. As we continue to monitor this emergency, our thoughts will be with the people of Nepal, those affected by the earthquake and their loved ones.

 
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