The Nepal earthquake has, as of today, claimed over 5,500 lives. Thousands more have been injured and more, both alive and dead, are being removed from the rubble. Your generosity has enabled BMS World Mission to provide some essential funding to our partners in Nepal.
Having people on the ground who know what is happening and can effectively co-ordinate with partners and relief agencies is essential after disasters. BMS mission worker and technical director for United Mission to Nepal (UMN) Jerry Clewett has spent the last few days doing just that. “I stayed in the office until 7pm on Wednesday writing situation reports for a potential meeting in Dhading District, where UMN hopes to provide emergency food, shelter, essentials and supplies,” says Jerry. Dhading is near the earthquake’s epicentre, west of Kathmandu, and an area where 241 lives were lost. Reuters reports survivors remaining helpless on the ground for hours, left immobile by the severity of their injuries, waiting for help to come.
BMS has sent three grants to our partners in Nepal. They are:
• £10,000 to UMN to assist with the medical relief in Dhading District. This relief grant will provide medical care for seriously injured people as well as those with less serious injuries.
• £10,000 to International Nepal Fellowship for emergency relief items in Gurkha to give tents, food, hygiene packs and water.
• £6,600 to the development wing of the Nepal Baptist Church Council for medicine and shelter.
Please continue praying for the survivors of this disaster.
Many are homeless, injured and hungry, waiting for their loved ones to be found. Pray for the relief effort, that it reaches all areas of the country, remote villages and cities alike. Pray for BMS workers on the ground.
In the long term, many survivors will need the help of occupational therapists like Megan Barker. You can support her work and help them to rehabilitate their patients, who will need months of intensive therapy, by supporting our long-term work detailed in the upcoming resource, My Father’s House
You can help the vulnerable men, women and children whose lives have been devastated by this disaster, by donating today
Photo credit for second and third images: INF