FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 26, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Stephanie Rendon, 202.470.5182, email@example.com
Kathmandu, Nepal - A powerful earthquake — the worst in 80 years— has shattered the lives of children and families in Nepal. The 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck between the Nepalese capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara on Saturday, April 25. The quake could be felt in the Indian capital, New Delhi, as well as in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Over 2,400 people have been killed and many are still trapped under rubble. Aftershocks have continued to hit the affected areas.
SOS Children’s Villages (SOS), supporting children, families and communities throughout Nepal since the 1970s, has launched relief efforts and the Nepal Emergency Children’s Care Fund to support the needs of affected children and families.
“For over 40 years, we have been in Nepal providing care and support to vulnerable children and families,” said Lynn Croneberger, CEO of SOS Children’s Villages – USA. “Our priority right now is to ensure those affected by the earthquake are given the immediate support needed to get them through this terrible tragedy. SOS’s Nepal Emergency Children’s Care Fund will give people the opportunity to donate funds to support children and families in this critical time.”
SOS 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. In Jorpati and Kavre —areas where SOS has villages— SOS has established emergency relief shelters to provide support to hundreds of families affected by the earthquake.
“We have started reaching the earthquake site to assess the situation and are providing food, drinking water and healthcare services to the people who have lost their homes to the earthquake,” said Shankar Pradhanga, National Director of SOS Children’s Villages Nepal.
Additional response efforts include:
Interim and long-term protection, care and reunification of children separated from their families by the earthquake.
Immediate creation of Child Friendly Spaces that includes provision of food, water, medical care and other vital aid to affected children and families.
SOS is also conducting a rapid needs assessment of the situation and may be adjusting its response based on the needs of the children, families and communities.
How people can help:
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. To learn more about SOS Children’s Villages, visit www.sos-usa.org.