One month after devastation hit Nepal high-altitude relief operation begins
28 May, 2015
Project J863N WFP Emergency Relief Project is a partnership with the World Food Program which, in the month following the earthquake on 25 April, has fed almost two million people. This week a new phase of response is underway to reach people in high-altitude villages.
“Operation Mountain Express” has now begun. Teams of mountaineers are reaching the most remote villages and assessing needs. Up to 20,000 porters, unemployed due to the drop in tourism, will now also benefit from a livelihood as they soon deliver aid to these communities.
Heavy rains limiting access to remote villages is expected from June due to the coming monsoon season. This is adding further urgency to relief operations. Partner WFP’s logistics support for the entire humanitarian response includes a network of logistics hubs, a land supply route from India, a fleet of trucks, and helicopters to reach areas inaccessible by road and emergency telecommunications services.
Project J863N WFP Emergency Relief Project urgently needs funding to sustain this vital and versatile emergency response for survivors of the quake. You can help by making a donation today!
WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 75 countries.
*Photos provided by: WFP – Andrea Amparore, Angeli Mendoza and Marco Frattini
Global Development Group currently has other projects in Nepal delivering much needed relief:
J742NR Lighthouse Emergency Relief has teams in Nepal helping families with food, shelter, medical aid and financial assistance. Since the earthquake the project has distributed more than 30,000 kilos of rice, 15,000 kilos of lentils, 27,000 packets of noodles, 5,000 feet of plastic tents and more than more than $21,000 AUD (1.7 million Nepali rupees) in financial assistance to 10,000 homeless families. As the effort continues communities in more remote areas are being targeted, including, Gorkha, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchok, Helambu, Bara, and Sankhu regions.
J537R Heartland Emergency Relief Project is located in Kathmandu, the epicentre of the first earthquake. Along with providing much needed emergency relief this project is also focusing on structural assessments of buildings, repairs required and counselling for school students, staff and families.
J870R Metamorphic Disaster Relief has access to over 80 groups in Nepal via community leaders. Some of these communities are in some of the hardest hit areas. The project has three goals; the first is to provide clean safe drinking water by water filtration, the second is to provide shelter to those that are vulnerable, especially children and the third goal is to provide emergency food supplies.
Please consider donating to these projects which will provide much needed emergency relief to those that need it the most.
Donations over $2 are tax deductible. Excess funds may be applied to other approved project activities in the region.