The Salvation Army officially opened work in Nepal in 2009 and has had a presence in the region where Saturday's 7.8 magnitude earthquake was centered. Disaster relief efforts were underway almost immediately and will continue far into the future.
In a post that was originally featured on The Salvation Army World Service Office's website, here is the latest on The Salvation Army's response efforts in Nepal:
The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) is issuing $20,000 in Rapid Response funding to The Salvation Army India Eastern Territory in support of survivors in Nepal following the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the area early Saturday morning, the deadliest natural disaster in more than 80 years.
In the past 72 hours, large encampments of tents have sprung up in open pockets of Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu, for those who are displaced or afraid to return home due to strong aftershocks. The funding will support immediate emergency relief – shelter, food, water, blankets, tents, and sanitation – as well as emotional and spiritual care. Water in particular is becoming scarce and fears are rising that children could be at risk of disease. Additional plans are in place to send medical and pastoral staff to provide physical care, food, tents, and blankets.
The India Eastern Territory, which oversees Salvation Army work in Nepal, is currently sourcing food, water and other essentials, which it hopes to transport by road – although the damage caused by the earthquake to major routes is making this very difficult.
As often happens in major disaster responses, the United Nations has set up a program, which will become the hub for all relief agencies and non-governmental organizations, ensuring that the various groups work together to cover as much ground as possible and avoid repetition.
Five disaster specialists of The Salvation Army who are trained in emergency response are due to arrive in Kathmandu Tuesday to support services on the ground. Working in coordination with local government authorities and other aid organizations, volunteers and personnel of The Salvation Army are well prepared to service the immediate and long-term needs of impacted survivors.
As the disaster unfolds, The Salvation Army’s emergency response will shift to long-term relief and recovery solutions. We give thanks for those who are compassionately enabling our outreach to these communities in need.
Monetary donations allow us to meet the most critical needs of survivors.
The Salvation Army has set up a designated fund where 100 percent of gifts go to relief efforts in Nepal. To give, visit salar.my/Nepal or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Check donations to Salvation Army World Service Office (designate “Nepal Earthquake”) can be sent to:
Salvation Army World Service Office
International Relief Fund
P.O. Box 418558
Boston, MA 02241-8558