Nepal Earthquake – updates

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Latest Updates on Amity's disaster relief project in Nepal:

June 10

On 10 June 2015 the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government has accepted the advice of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee and approved grants of of HK$5.846 million to Amity Foundation, Hong Kong. Announcing the grants today, a spokesman for the HKSAR Government said that the Committee hoped that the grants dedicated to providing relief to the earthquake victims in Nepal would facilitate the provision of timely relief to the victims and help them to restore their normal living.

The relief supplies will be distributed to 2,400 households and will provide urgently needed shelter for the coming monsoon season. The material includes 48,000 corrugated galvanised iron sheets (20 sheets per family), 480 tool kits (1 number per 5 families), 4,800 flooring mats (2 pieces per family), 2,400 blankets (1 piece per family), 2,400 portable solar lights (1 number per family), 2,400 buckets with cover (1 number per family) and 2,400 temporary plastic latrines (1 number per family). The goods will be distributed in Latipur district in Nepal.

June 9

On 2 June 2015 ACT Alliance renewed the Nepal earthquake emergency appeal. It replaced the preliminary appeal issued on 1 May. The report takes the second earthquake that occurred on 13 May 2015 into account. It also gives many details about the ongoing ACT Nepal relief work and detailed auditing. The Amity Foundation and the ACT Alliance partners continue to ask for ongoing support and donations to provide relief and to strengthen the community resilience during the looming monsoon season.

The latest OCHAN report states that only 29 percent of the revised US$ 422 million UN Flash Appeal has been funded. A total of US$ 182 million have been contributed outside the UN Flash appeal. There is still a big gap of funding to support the victims in Nepal. For more than one month the Amity Foundation and partners are working in Nepal to provide relief and contemporary shelter to the victims of the earthquake.

Amity's local partner, The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is cooperating with various international partners as well as with Muslim organizations to combine expertise, resources and to serve the victims even better by jointly provide relief beyond religious and national boundaries. The staff on the ground is facing dangerous circumstances and put personal troubles aside.

The Nepal earthquake is the first time Chinese NGOs are working outside China at the same time and in a large scale. Disaster relief work is seen as a key field of future internationalization of Chinese NGOs. The engagement of several big Chinese non-governmental organization abroad is discussed within the sector and the corresponding media and has also raised the question about the internationalization of Chinese NGOs in general. The China Development Brief (CDB) has published an interview (Part 1/Part 2) with Jock Baker, a humanitarian relief expert who assessed the relief work of Chinese NGOs in Nepal, including Amity's relief work. A follow-up article gives a more academic and strategic viewpoint on 'internationalization' of Chinese NGOs.

 

Videos by ACT Alliance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nepal - needs are still great

 

ACT's work in Nepal - one month after the devastating earthquake

Credits: ACT Alliance

 

Read the latest stories of Amity's local partner Lutheran World Federation

 

Photo LWF/DWF Nepal

LWF and Islamic Relief partner in Nepal earthquake response

 

LWF and Islamic Relief partner in Nepal earthquake response - See more at: https://www.lutheranworld.org/news/lwf-and-islamic-relief-partner-nepal-...

LWF Nepal staff put personal troubles aside to help earthquake victims

Credits: LWF

Photo: LWF/DWS Nepal

 

China Development Brief: 'internationalization' aspects of Chinese NGOs

 

Learning from Nepal: Part 1 of an interview with Jock Baker

 

Learning from Nepal: Part 2 of an interview with Jock Baker

 

Strategies for the Internationalization of Chinese NGOs: A study by Huang Haoming

Credits: CDB

The Amity Foundation provides temporary shelter to affected people in remote areas of Nepal.

The monsoon season is approaching. Amity provides ideas and material for housing.

A truck delivers relief goods to a distribution point (right).

A temporary orphanage (left) after the building was heavily damaged by the earthquake (right).

Children belong to a high-risk group after natural disasters, which makes child-friendly and educational spaces urgently needed.

May 14

The latest information on the second earthquake, that killed 65 and injured almost another 2,000 people can be found in the Situation Report No.14 published by the OCHAN. On 13 May, Amity's local partner organization in Nepal, has been appointed to the national “Disaster Management Coordination Committee” in Nepal. Dr. Manandhar will be one of four people representing the committee on behalf of international NGOs in Nepal and focus on relief and reconstruction activities. He currently serves as the Country Director for the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in Nepal, working with Amity and other members of the ACT Alliance Forum. The team has already distributed relief supplies to almost 13,000 families.

May 13

Another 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Himalayan region at 12:50 local time. The new earthquake hit areas that suffered most of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake, which killed more than 8,000 and injured more than 16,000 people just over two weeks ago. There are reports of 66 people dead and another thousand injured by the second earthquake.

The new earthquake caused landslides and terrified the population. Casualties are expected to rise. Many Nepalese are spending the night and days out in the open.The second earthquake also caused victims in India and China again. Cracked buildings have collapsed.

The weather situation is worsening the situation. The weather forecast is expecting ongoing rain, including periods of thunderstorm for the areas closest to the epicenter of the new earthquake. Information about the impacts of the new earthquake, access to cut-off areas, tents, tarpaulins for shelter and food-supplies for newly displace people are needed.

Read the latest Situation Analysis of the new earthquake published by the UN OSOCCC (On-Site Operations Coordination Centre). The need for ongoing relief efforts, shelter and supplies are more urgent than ever. Amity staff and partners on the ground are restless working to alleviate the hardship for the survivors and will continue to do so.

May 12

The 13th OCHA situation report states that rain and hail are causing severe flooding in some regions of Nepal, affecting people in temporary shelters. The weather conditions complicate the sufficient delivery of relief supplies to remote villages. Amity staff who is working with local partners in these areas repeatedly reporting about the difficulties of gaining access to remote villages. Landslides and dangerous road conditions making the endeavor to deliver supplies to some villages directly impossible.

Villagers have to climb down the mountains to pick up relief goods and Amity staff and partners have to face eight hour long trips to deliver supplies. In some regions, people temporarily moving from their settlements to distribution points. Citizens start to rebuilt their homes, but available materials do not meet the requirements of the coming monsoon. Communities request for additional quality equipment.

The OCHA report admonishes the situation at the 140 refugee camps in Kathmandu Valley, hosting about 42,000 people. Almost half of the camps are overcrowded and there is a lack of camp management and sanitation. Many people are still suffering from insufficient emergency food and shelter. Although 45 child friendly spaces have been established, almost 950,000 students are still in the need of learning spaces.

Delivery of relief supplies to remote villages in the mountains is still a challenge.

Temporary shelter will not match the requirements of the coming monsoon season (left). Villagers are searching for rebuilding material in the debris (right).

Villagers receive relief supplies donated by Christians of Jiangsu Province.

May 11

The latest photos of Amity staff for the people affected by the Nepal earthquake.

 Many families must live in emergency shelters because of the heavy destruction.

Rain and moisture is the biggest concern for the near future, because many shelter materials are water permeable (left). Barefoot men waiting at a makeshift infirmary for treatment (right).

Amity staff is inspecting the tiny makeshift shelter of a family (left). The support gives people both needed essentials to live and also hope (right).

Amity is continuing distributing relief supplies for villagers in need.

May 7

The latest OCHAN (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) report stated that all affected regions could be reached by the disaster relief teams. Affected people in the hard to reach and remote areas of the mountainous region receive supplies they needs regarding to former assessment. The figures of destroyed and damaged houses are rising. Currently, the government reported more than 284,000 destroyed houses and 234,00 being damaged. The number of reported casualties reported, has increased to 7,675 deaths and 16,392 people injured. The department of education has reported that more than 14,500 classrooms have been destroyed.

The supply of relief goods to remote areas and the providing of shelter remains the future challenge during the face of the forthcoming monsoon season. Woman friendly and child friendly spaces have been established, due to the fact that woman and children are risk groups after disasters. They are particular in the need of protection. Read the latest report of comprehensive support for vulnerable communities at the worst stricken districts outside of Kathmandu (by LWF / World Service Journalist Cornelia Kaestner).

Trucks are loaded with relief supplies by Amity staff and ACT partners for remote villages (left). The supplies are transported on a narrow and steep mountain road (right).

Materials for emergency shelter and other supplies are being transported to a ethnic minority settlement near Lapsiphedi (left). Villagers are eagerly waiting for supplies (right).

After losing almost everything the first steps for a new beginning are made.

May 6

Last Sunday, international search and rescue teams began to leave Nepal. The focus is now to provide relief to the survivors. It is still a struggle to provide supplies to remote mountainous villages, as logistics still remain a major challenge. Up to now, Amity and its partners are continuing to provide relief supplies to the people of Nepal. The supply situation around the big cities improves, but remote villages are still lacking of daily necessities. Based on former need assessments, Amity and partners are distributing supply packages to the remote villages. The packages include, rice, instant noodles, high-energy biscuits, sleeping mats, soap and woman hygiene kits. Furthermore tarpaulin, sleeping mats and blankets could be distributed.

Sustained relief efforts and especially the rebuilding of houses and livelihoods will be a huge challenge in the near future, as the monsoon season is forecasted to start in six weeks. Considering the huge amount of collapsed and severely damaged houses, it will be difficult to match the urgent requirements of housing and shelter. The focus will be to avoid the next humanitarian crisis caused by insufficient support for the people in Nepal. 

On April 29 the United Nations released an UN flash appeal, calling for US$ 415 million funds to respond to the humanitarian crisis and match the humanitarian needs for the next three month. Until now, only 4.5% of the funds could be collected. Therefore, it is essential that the international civil sector remains to be engaged and the lack of funding is balanced.

On the other hand, NGOs as the Amity Foundation, the Lutheran World Federation and local partners are experienced in working on disaster prevention, community development and resilience. International networks like the ACT Alliance network are building people-to-people relationships through NGOs, cooperating and exchanging about best practices and following an ethical and human focused approach. It benefits the whole society when some contributions are channeled through a vibrant civil society sector. By following sustainable and ethical standards, the local communities are empowered and better prepared for future crisis.   

Get the latest overview on the UN figures

- infographic on the Nepal Earthquake -

Source: OCHA/ReliefWeb

Read the latest report of our partners

- how development work helps people

to cope with disasters -

Credits: The Lutheran World Federation / Cornelia Keastner

May 5

Amity staff coordinates and cooperates with local and other international ACT partners in Nepal.

Volunteers helping Amity and partners to prepare the relief packages for distribution.

May 4

Regarding the latest report of the United Nations, the total number of destroyed houses increased to a projected 500,000. In districts as Gorkha and Sindupalchowk 90 per cent of the houses have been collapsed. In other districts more than 80 per cent of houses have been destroyed. The numbers of people killed increased to more than 7,000. Heavy rain and landslides are challenging the transport of relief supplies. The needs of displaced people in camps are increasing and there is an insufficient number of tents for shelter. Over three million people are in the need for food assistance. Additional helicopters are required for regions that are still inaccessible by road. Cases of influenza and diarrhoeal were reported and more than 80,000 children suffering from malnutrition.

On May 2, Amity's second disaster response team arrived in Kathmandu on 1.30 pm local time. They immediately started to support the Amity staff and local partners on the ground, who are continuously providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief for almost one week. On the basis of ongoing assessment work, Amity and local partner started to compile relief packages. Local volunteers decided to support this work. Despite the fact they are also victims of the earthquake, they worked from the early morning until evening to help their more suffering fellow men.

Villagers signing up and receiving relief supplies.

Elderly volunteer prepares relief packages on a sewing machine (left). Volunteers compile relief kits selflessly (right).

Amity staff is listening to the villagers to understand their needs. (left).

Beneficiaries are hopefully smiling after receiving aid (right).

Tents for shelter are urgently needed due the large number of collapsed houses.

Miao Jianbing, the editor of the Amity Outlook, has worked uninterruptedly for the last ten days (left). Villagers help to unload relief supplies (right).

May 2

Over the past few days Amity staff and local partners continued to provide essential relief supplies to the people in Nepal. The United Nations estimates that more than 8 million people are in the need of humanitarian assistance and about 3 million people are depending of food supplies. The latest statistic counts 6,200 people being killed and more than 14,000 being injured. The Amity Foundation and its local partners are reaching out to the remote areas and managed to deliver urgently needed and live-saving essential to villagers. Meanwhile, Amity's local partner, the Lutheran World Foundation was asked by the Nepal government to join its emergency relief and coordination group. Another team of the Amity Foundation has decamped from Nanjing to support the relief operation.

A truck is unloaded with supplies for villagers (left). Amity and partners are coordinating the delivery of supplies to remote villages (right).

Amity continues to provide life-saving essentials to the people in Nepal.

A family is happy to receive supplies. The little girl can not wait to eat the instant noodles (left).

Amity staff continues to talk to the victims and investigates their needs, because they know best (left). An old woman in a village receives supplies (right).

April 30

On April 28, Amity staff headed out to the surrounding villages of Kathmandu to do an assessment outside the capital. As rescue teams are reaching out to the remote villages of the mountainous region, the whole tragedy and devastation of the earthquake is revealed. Smaller cities and whole villages were terribly hit by the earthquake and virtually completely devastated. Once again, it is the poorest who suffer most and lost everything. Aftershocks and landslides caused by heavy rainfalls turning the efforts to gain access and reaching out to those remote villages into a dangerous and difficult undertakings. Nevertheless, the Amity Foundation and its local ACT Alliance partner organisation, the Lutheran World Federation, are working hard to provide relief goods to the survivors of the earthquake. Over the last days we were able to distribute water, food, oil, medicine, blankets, tarpaulin for shelter and other necessities, not only to people in Kathmandu but also to villages and settlements where people are fighting for survival. Read a report (by LWF / World Service Journalist Cornelia Kaestner) and watch the latest ACT movie (by Erik Johnson of DanChurchAid) about the ACT joint relief operation for the people in Nepal.

The earthquake destroyed a wide range of buildings, leaving residents homeless (by ACT member LWF).

Residents carrying water cans to a sport stadium to receive fresh water supplies (left). Amity staff talks to homeless residents at a refugee camp (right).

Every morning the ACT team is meeting in a tent due to the fact that aftershocks are still threatening the people in Nepal (left - by LWF / journalist Cornelia Keastner)

The ACT / LWF team coordinates the relief efforts and ensures the supply of relief goods to people who are in need. (right - by ACT)

A truck is loaded with relief supplies to deliver goods (left - by LWF / journalist Cornelia Keastner).

A beneficiary is signing for the receipt of a blanket (left). A family can smile again after receiving relief (middle). Amity staff is checking the waterproofed tarpaulin providing shelter to victims (right).

April 29

Amity staff is discussing and coordinating with the ACT emergency relief team the schedule for the next days (left).

The relief goods for the next day are prepared. (by ACT member LWF)

Emergency relief team distributes blankets for the night. On the first day Amity could support the distribution of relief goods with the purchase of 800 blankets, 500 tarpaulins and 540 bottles of water, contributed by the grace of our donors.

(by ACT member LWF)

A whole family has to sleep under a simple tarpaulin. Amity staff is asking them for their most urgent needs.

People lost everything and are exposed to rain and depend on support.

April 28

Amity staff is doing assessment work to understand the needs of the people and the situation on the ground.

Amity partners provided relief goods to the needy affected by the earthquake over the last days (by ACT member LWF)

After the devastating earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, the situation on the ground exacerbates. The number of victims has increased to nearly 5,000 and is expected to rise further. Many of the remote villages of the mountainous region are still inaccessible because of landslides. In many parts of the region the situation remains unclear, due destruction and lack of communication.

Destroyed buildings and makeshift tents in the aftermath of the earthquake. (by ACT member DanChurchAid)

Series of aftershocks force people in Kathmandu sleeping outside under makeshift tents for the third night. They are exposed to heavy rain. Various cracked and collapsed buildings are worsening the situation in the city. Hospitals are overflowing by injured people and there is a lack of supplies and medical personnel. People try to flee the capital. The earthquake, with a 7.9 magnitude hit Nepal during the hiking and holiday season. Thousands of visitors and residents are still missing. The government declared a state of emergency and urging for international help.

Amity partners are providing food, water and tents to survivors. (by ACT member LWF)

The Amity Foundation responded to the disaster, in cooperation with its international partners and through ACT Alliance, who is working on the ground. Members of the Lutheran World Federation are already distributing food, water and tents to hundreds of families in Kathmandu. On Sunday 26, four staff members of Amity’s disaster relief emergency response team departed from Nanjing to Kathmandu. As the airport in Kathmandu was still jammed and many flights into Nepal have been canceled, Amity staff had to wait at the airport in Lhasa. On April 27, 3pm local time, Amity staff finally arrived in Kathmandu. In cooperation with our local partners of ACT Alliance, Amity staff are now assessing the situation.

Amity staff and emergency rescue teams are waiting at Lhasa airport (left).

In Kathmandu Amity coordinates with local ACT partners (right).

Three days after the disaster, the chances to find survivors under the debris shrinked and the delivery of emergency supplies are essential for survival. Besides food and water, medication, shelter and daily necessities are needed. The difficult terrain, the huge devastation of transport and communication and the fact that the disaster hit one of the poorest countries in Asia, turn the efforts to bring relief to the affected people into a huge challenge. Nepal is still in a state of shock and the humanitarian crisis is expected to worsen when mountain roads become accessible and the remote villages can be reached. The Amity Foundation and its partners are calling to support the victims and affected people and to ease this humanitarian crisis.

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