NEPAL EARTHQUAKE On 25 April, 11:41 local time, an earthquake of 7.8 magnitude and a depth of 2 km, hit Nepal near the capital city of Kathmandu. The epicentre is located 77km northwest of Kathmandu, and 68km east from Pokhara. Tremors have also caused damage outside Nepal. Quake tremors were felt from between 30 seconds and two minutes. As of 26 April, 15:30 local time, at least 2,200 people have died and around 4,600 more have been injured. The situation is still unclear in remote areas, which remain cut off or hard to access. The number of casualties is expected to increase dramatically as information is collected. As of 26 April, aftershocks are still being felt. At least 18 aftershocks occurred on 25 April. Magnitudes of aftershocks have ranged from 5–6.7. The government has reported that a total of 30 districts have been affected in the Western and Central Regions, including Kathmandu Valley districts. There is no total figure of affected population yet, but initial reports suggest the following: Districts Estimated Number of Affected Region: Kaski 492,100 Western Kavre 382,000 Central Sindulpalchowk 288,000 Central Nuwakot 277,500 Central Gorkha 271,000 Western Dolakha 186,500 Central Hospitals are overwhelmed, and as aftershocks continue, victims are being treated in the streets. Reports suggest people are still trapped under the rubble, and some affected areas have still to be reached. CLARION is dispatching an initial team as early as 27 April and will send additional resources imminently there after. Volunteer inquiries may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org Other inquiries may be sent to: email@example.com If you would like to help Nepal, by donating, we invite you to do so through our website. Alternatively, a pledge invoice can be requested by emailing your intensions to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Wheels up!
For children, in developing countries, a cleft lip or palate is a tremendous burden to overcome. The social and economic implications last a lifetime and compound an already difficult existance. Fortunately, a simple surgery can remedy cleft lip or palate and resolve the circumstances that would have otherwise been created in a childs life. We'll be leaving for Sudan on February 27, 2015 and returning March 7, 2015. Our aim is to save 200 smiles in the 5 days allocated to surgeries. We need your help. Please take 90 seconds (or so) to watch our video and help us by donating and sharing. Thank you!
EMERGENCY WINTER KITS FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES Credit: Washington Post According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), the Syria crisis has now generated 12.2 million people in need, of these 7.6 million are internally displaced people (lDPs). There are 147 camps in northern Syria alone. A winter storm has swept through the Middle East and is inflicting a significant humanitarian impact, particularly on internally displaced persons. As winter conditions worsen, displaced people – especially those sheltering in tents, unfinished buildings and other informal dwellings – are particularly vulnerable. Freezing temperatures have left the refugees of this five year confilct huddled for warmth with several reports of death by freezing. In response we are appealing to you for your help in generating emergency winter kits for immediate distribution. The kits are very simple, containing wool scarves, wool hats, wool socks, wool gloves, wool long underwear, wool sweaters and fuel. The breakdown is such that $20.45 USD will provide for a single person. Give someone warmth by donating now.