In Nepal, YWAM teams continue to reach the areas of the country most affected by the initial 7.8 earthquake, and the severe aftershock of 7.3 on May 12. To support YWAM’s Nepal relief effort, please click here to donate and pick “Nepal Relief” from the drop-down menu.
YWAM is working with local community leaders to reach areas that have been skipped over by larger aid agencies, or which are in remote areas that teams can only reach by foot.
This video shows YWAM’s work and the urgent need in Nepal:
YWAM workers are bringing assistance in 12 areas, representing many smaller villages in each area. In several village districts YWAM workers were the first responders on the ground. One of YWAM’s partners immediately dispatched 5 trucks with 12.5 tons of rice and lentils into villages where they have long-term work. They had to clear landslides by hand to get there.
YWAM’s first local responders had limited resources but did the hard work of digging people’s belongings and storehouses of crops out of the rubble. We have been distributing family packs of food and temporary shelter, and sometimes clothes and blankets to over 2,000 families, with a target of reaching 5,000 families. We have been clearing rubble, and building temporary shelters that can last the monsoon, and might need to last the winter. In one village we had much favor and were able to rebuild six homes; they all survived this most recent large aftershock.
Said one YWAM worker in Nepal, “Our work has been strategically relational, and will bring not only short-term relief but long-term transformation to the areas where we are responding.”
Funds are being used for immediate needs such as clean water, food, shelter and sanitation, and also to assist families in the months ahead as they rebuild their homes and lives. Please click here to donate to YWAM’s relief effort.
For more information on YWAM’s Nepal relief and rebuilding efforts, visit our Nepal relief site.