Monday, April 27, 2015 - Today, our thoughts and prayers go out to the affected children and families in Nepal. The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit the region Saturday has left at least 4,000 dead and thousands injured and homeless. According to NPR , in just the capital, 400,000 people were affected by the quake and more than 4,000 homes are uninhabitable. While the final number of affected will continue to rise, two things are certain; this disaster will strain the social fabric of the entire region and we need to help.
One of Childhood's partners in the region, Voice of Children (VOC), has been working to strengthen Nepal’s society by aiding the most vulnerable populations, street children and marginalized families, in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. Most of the kids the VOC helps are homeless because their families have a history unemployment or psychosocial issues such as substance abuse.
After a weekend of silence, our project coordinator for Nepal, Joel Borgström, managed to contact the VOC and received confirmation that most of the children were safe. Our project’s next step is to seek out the families and children they work with, to bring them to safety, ensure they are sheltered, fed, and out of danger. As the number of homeless rise, Voice of Children will be able to aid and comfort those who have already lost so much. After this historic earthquake, the VOC’s work will become even more important than before.
In disasters, children suffer the most. Children, separated from their parents, families, and friends, surrounded by a society struggling to regroup and rebuild, face additional risks of abuse and trafficking. Childhood's goal is to ensure that no child should face any abuse. Now is the critical time for our work with the people of Nepal.
Voice of Children and the four other projects we support in Nepal, know the people who live there and know their needs. Their commitment to their communities is unwavering and will remain in place long after the media spotlight has shifted. In the following days and weeks, the our other projects will need to repair and return to their hard work. Now they need your support. Donate now to help all of our projects in Nepal. The children of Nepal thank you for helping. (Note: Childhood's Rebuilding Nepal Campaign to has ended. If you would like to donate directly to one of our projects, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
All donations over the next few weeks on www.Childhood-USA.org will be ear-marked for our projects in Nepal. Thank you for your generous donation!
(Note: Childhood's Rebuilding Nepal Campaign to has ended. If you would like more information about our donation process, please contact us at email@example.com.)
Text: Thomas Brande, Catrin Rising