Catastrophic earthquakes in April and May 2015 left Nepal reeling. The loss of life was unprecedented in the country with over 8,700 deaths and 22,000 injured. Nearly 3.5 million people needed emergency food; 4.2 million needed water, sanitation, and hygiene support; and 2.8 million were displaced as the earthquakes destroyed more than 500,000 homes and severely damaged at least another 270,000.
Samaritan’s Purse responded immediately with a Disaster Assistance Response Team. With the help of our local partners and gifts from generous Canadians like you, we met the urgent needs of over 50,000 households in the Kathmandu Valley and in rural mountain villages through medical care and distributions of food and non-food items, hygiene kits, cooking kits, and emergency shelter material.
As Nepal begins the long journey to recovery, Samaritan’s Purse and Canadian donors will be supporting them through our field office in Kathmandu and our local partners. Our projects include rebuilding houses and community centers, helping children in rural mountain villages receive life-saving medical care in Kathmandu, anti-trafficking awareness and prevention, food security and livelihoods, and other projects critical to helping the people of Nepal repair their homes and restore their lives.
We work in the Name of Jesus, partnering with Canadians to minister to those who are suffering, and reaching out with care, compassion, and the hope of Christ.
The earthquake’s impact:
- 8,700+ people are dead
- 22,000+ people are injured
- 500,000+ homes are destroyed
- 270,000+ homes are damaged
- 2.8 million people are displaced
- 4.2 million people need safe water and hygiene
- 3.5 million people need food
Samaritan’s Purse has helped so far by:
- - MEDICAL: Treating 473 patients including 50 surgeries
- - SUPPLIES: Providing 42,881 kitchen kits, 96,316 blankets, 40,321 sanitation & hygiene kits, 51,640 tarps, 31,595 bars of soap, 29,256 jerry cans
- - FOOD: Distributed food to 70,000+ people