Update: Nepal Earthquake Recovery Efforts
On April 25th, 2015 Nepal experienced a magnitude 7.8 earthquake and an aftershock on May 2nd of magnitude 5.0. Seva responded with a call for assistance for the areas that were devastated by this natural disaster.
Supporters responded with concern and generosity. Fortunately, Seva Nepal staff and their families were physically unharmed. Together with partner hospitals, Lumbini Eye Institute and Bharatpur Eye Hospital, Seva was able to procure and distribute 11 large truckloads carrying 100,000 pounds of tens, blankets, tarps, sleeping mats, and supplies of medicine, food, and hygiene products to areas that were hardest hit by the earthquake. These supplies were some of the first to be distributed to thousands of families in remote villages in Gorkha and Dhading districts as the monsoon season was nearing.
To address longer-term recovery and rebuilding needs, Seva expanded relief efforts, partnering with trusted local and international organizations to implement a broad array of activities. These projects include developing, testing and building earthquake resilient housing and schools; providing temporary learning centers until permanent schools can be rebuilt; and the repair and reconstruction of local community institutions (schools, nunneries, dental clinic, health clinics, eye clinics, a vocational school for the disabled).
The outpouring of support was beyond our expectations. Thanks to all who responded quickly and generously, Seva and our local partners were able to provide significant support to the people of Nepal in a time of great need.
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