Children and families affected by earthquake in Nepal in dire need of support

SOS Children’s Villages running relief centers and to open Child Friendly Space in Nepal Organization begins search for unaccompanied children

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 26, 2015

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephanie Rendon, 202.470.5182, srendon@sos-usa.org
 

Kathmandu, Nepal – SOS Children’s Villages, supporting children, families and communities throughout Nepal since the 1970s, is operating relief centers in four locations (Jorpanti, Kavre, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur) to support Nepal earthquake survivors. A Child Friendly Space will be set up in Kavre today to provide medical and psychosocial support for affected children. In addition, a playground and school run by SOS is being used to accommodate displaced families. 

 

Over 3,700 people were killed by the earthquake and many are still trapped under rubble. According to the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System, it is estimated that 6.6 million people live around the areas affected by the earthquake. SOS will work with local officials to locate unaccompanied children and help to reunite them with their families.

Shankar Pradhananga, National Director of SOS Children’s Villages Nepal, has issued the following statement:

 

“Right now the most important thing is to find the children who have been separated from their families and take them in. There are three SOS Children’s Villages in the Kathmandu Valley, and all of them are open for children in need. Right now the children need emergency relief, protection, shelter, food and medical care, but in the long term we will try to reunite them with their parents or family. If that is not possible, they will have a new home in one of our 10 Children’s Villages in Nepal. Here, many children were already vulnerable before the earthquake due to poverty, and now even more children are exposed to the chaos the earthquake has created.”

“At the moment it is very difficult to predict whether some of the children affected by the earthquake may fall victim to child prostitution and trafficking. During the time of their reunification with their families of origin the authorities must employ good cross-check mechanisms to confirm that the children are really going back to their families of origin in order to avoid such a risk.”

 

Interview opportunities: 

  • Shankar Pradhanga, National Director of SOS Children’s Villages Nepal, knows the affected region and is managing our emergency response. Based in Nepal.
  • Lynn Croneberger, CEO of SOS Children’s Villages-USA, can speak about SOS Children’s Villages’ efforts in Nepal and how this earthquake has affected children. Based in Washington, D.C.

About SOS Children’s Villages

SOS Children’s Villages is the largest organization devoted to the care of orphaned and abandoned children. SOS Children’s Villages builds families for children in need, helps them shape their own futures and share in the development of their communities. We believe that every child deserves a loving home and family, and with that – an education and quality health care.
 
With 545 villages in more than 130 countries and territories, SOS Children's Villages is raising more than 82,000 children. SOS Children’s Villages has ten SOS villages in the country, including three in and around Kathmandu, the area of the country heavily affected by the earthquake. These villages run alternative care and family strengthening programs that support over 9,000 vulnerable children. To learn more about SOS Children’s Villages, visit www.sos-usa.org.