We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of New Zealanders as our Appeal now reaches over $350,000 in public donations. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has also contributed $50,000 towards the fund.
Funds raised will be spent working with local communities in the Solukhumbu region to help rebuild villages badly damaged by the earthquake. We have a team on the ground assessing the damage and determining the priorities for a rebuild of schools and hospitals.
We are also involved in the relief efforts, providing tents and tarpaulins, wet weather and cold weather gear. There is a desperate need in the many villages where people have no shelter, especially with the monsoon season soon approaching. However, there are huge logistical challenges getting help to vulnerable people in remote areas. Congestion at Nepal’s only international airport, roads blocked by landslides and fuel shortages are making it difficult to transport aid to scattered communities across difficult mountainous terrain. We are doing everything it can to reach people.
Nepal is one of the world’s poorest countries and does not have the infrastructure and resources to deal with a crisis of this magnitude. While the response to the disaster has been overwhelming, much more is needed to address the significant level of destruction.Donate to the Rebuild Appeal
For more details, visit the Q&A Page:Earthquake Information