By now our disaster relief team has been on the ground in Nepal for more than a week. We wanted to give you an update on our work and let you know our plans for the coming months.
The team has been very busy visiting rural communities outside of Kathmandu that are not getting the same level of care as larger cities. They are hard at work treating the sick and injured, counseling children and delivering food and clean water—but most of all they are bringing hope.
We want to thank our donors because Nepali lives are being saved and transformed for the glory of God.
As we further assess the damage on the ground, it is evident that it will take many years for Nepal to fully recover. Church buildings have been leveled. Children who had already lost their parents have now lost their homes when the earthquake destroyed their orphanages. And entire communities have been affected by the severely damaged infrastructure.
So while CRF is still actively supporting the relief effort, we are beginning to shift our focus to rebuilding homes and churches that will be able to withstand future earthquakes.
Our short-term plan is to provide tin roofing sheets to 1,000+ families. Heavy rains will be coming in the next few weeks and we want families to be protected even if their homes are damaged or destroyed.
After we provide for the urgent needs of these families, our goal is to help rebuild the communities of Tikabhairab and Goldhuga where the church buildings along with many homes were destroyed.
The estimated cost of rebuilding each church is $7,000. And each 2-room, 10ft. x 20ft. brick house will cost $4,000.
Nepal is out of immediate danger, but the enormity of the destruction is sinking in. As the media moves on to the next story, Nepali children and families are still left with nothing.
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Just two days ago, Nepal was struck with a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake. Since that time we have watched the death toll rise steadily to more than 4,000 souls with no sign of slowing.
Tens of thousands have lost their homes, possessions and livelihoods. And UNICEF has announced that the quake has left nearly 1 million children in need of humanitarian aid.
The situation is terrible, but we have been amazed by the outpouring of love from our CRF donors who are asking us for ways they can help the earthquake victims.
Chito Cusi our CRF director in the Philippines, was in contact with Nepali missionaries immediately following the earthquake. We have learned that one of the greatest needs at this moment is for trained medical professionals.
So we are wasting no time in sending a medical response team along with emergency relief supplies to Kathmandu.
Chito will be leading our response team in their work to provide medical care and counseling to the wounded and sick for as long as necessary.
The team will also work with local Christians to provide temporary housing, food and water to those who have lost everything.
The impact of this earthquake cannot be overstated. But we ask you to continue praying for God to bring peace and hope to all those affected. The earth may shake, but His unfailing love cannot be moved.
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