FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 6, 2015
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KATHMANDU, Nepal—Seven children orphaned by the historically-devastating earthquake in Nepal have found a new home this week at SOS Children’s Villages in Pokhara, one of 10 such villages in the country.
The seven children have joined about 150 other orphaned or abandoned children who live at the village in Pokhara, the second largest city in Nepal. There are a total of about 1,800 children that live across the 10 SOS Children’s Villages in Nepal.
“Families have been torn apart, leaving many children traumatized and in need of immediate care and support,” said Shankar Pradhananga, National Director of SOS Children’s Villages in Nepal. “We will do the best we can to locate and reunite unaccompanied children with their families. If that is not possible, we will work to ensure that those who have lost their parents or caregivers are given the love, care and support needed to get through this difficult time and beyond.”
According to UNICEF, more than 1.7 million children have been affected by the earthquake. To support these children and their families, SOS Children’s Villages launched an emergency response program that anticipates reaching 20,000 children. The program provides affected communities with the following:
14 child-friendly spaces that provide children a safe space to eat, play and receive medical and psychological support. So far, 1,100 children are being cared for at these spaces.
4 relief centers that provide earthquake survivors with food, water and aid. These centers are located in Bhaktapur, Kathmandu, Kavre and Lalitpur.
Identification and reunification of unaccompanied children with their families. If parents or caregivers are not found, SOS Children’s Villages in conjunction with the government will provide a permanent home to children orphaned by the earthquake.
Click here to view a Google map that shows where SOS Children’s Villages is operating in Nepal. This map includes SOS villages, child-friendly spaces and relief centers.
SOS Children’s Villages – USA has established the Nepal Emergency Children’s Care Fund to support children and families affected by the earthquake. Donations can be made here: www.sos-usa.org/nepalrelief
Shankar Pradhananga, National Director of SOS Children’s Villages in Nepal. Mr. Pradhananga is managing the emergency relief program in Nepal for SOS Children’s Villages. He has been in his current position with SOS Children’s Villages for 10 years and has been part of SOS Children’s Villages in Nepal since 1980. He is 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. She is based in Washington, D.C.
Photos and b-roll available upon request.
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.