A devastating earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, April 25, leaving nearly 4,000 dead and more than 6,000 injured.
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, making a major search and rescue effort like this one especially tough. Phone lines are down, roads are badly damaged, and the death toll continues to grow as hospitals become completely overwhelmed. They need our help. Read on to find out how you can support the rescue effort!
The earthquake leveled hundreds of buildings and homes, and caused devastating landslides in rural areas. It also triggered the deadliest avalanche in Mount Everest’s history, which killed at least 18 people.
Dozens of centuries-old temples and UNESCO World Heritage sites have been reduced to dirt. One of Nepal’s most famous landmarks, the Dharahara tower, was destroyed, killing up to 180 people and roughly 200 trapped inside.
Rescuers and survivors alike are using their bare hands to dig for trapped victims. Narrow alleys in the dense capital city of Kathmandu are now completely obstructed, leaving potential survivors out of reach. Most locals are sleeping in the streets. Food, water and shelter are in high demand, and resources are dwindling.
Many buildings collapsed including the school that GreaterGood helped build. Thank God School was not in session so no children were hurt.
What will happen next?
Thankfully, aid is arriving. Countries across the world are sending relief, but the situation is dire. Medical supplies are running out, local authorities are overwhelmed, and Nepal simply doesn’t have the necessary equipment to dig through the extensive rubble.
Food, water and shelter are the first priority and humanitarian aid is desperately needed to assist the survivors.
How can you help?
As a longtime supporter of fair trade artisans and charities in Nepal, GreaterGood is directly connected to rescue efforts on the ground. Many friends and partners that we’ve worked with for years are living in the midst of this tragedy. You can make a big impact — literally save lives — by supporting first responders with a donation!
Thank you for your love, wishes and prayers. We are all safe. It was very scary experience. Internet just come on and i saw your messages. We are still getting lot of after shocks but it is slowly subsiding.
It was really horrifying and we are still shaking. We are living refugee life in our own country. We are taking shelter in the big ground till this night in fear of subsequent tremors. Last night it was worse, due to rain…
Yes, me and my family are all right. But my country is in deep tragedy.