With the help of artist partners, music fans, and fellow non-profit organization, Love Hope Strength, Music for Relief responded to the devastating earthquakes in Nepal in April and May of this year and continues to provide assistance in the longer term recovery.
On April 25 at 11:56 local time, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, with the epicenter in Lamjung District, about 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu. Some 8 million people were affected, including 2.8 million who are now displaced from their homes. There is widespread damage and destruction of buildings, health facilities, roads and other public infrastructure.
On May 12, a second 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck, with its epicenter near Namche, at the base of Mt. Everest, exacerbating an already difficult situation. The earthquake was followed by several aftershocks including a 6.3 magnitude quake.
With the onset of the monsoon season, it is critical that families are provided with shelter, adequate water and sanitation, and that they continue to receive urgently needed medical care, to prevent the spread of illness and keep communities healthy.
Over the past two months Music for Relief, with the help of Love Hope Strength, has contributed more than $350,000 to our partners on the ground in Nepal. To date funds have helped provide the following:
- The operation of Mobile Medical Units for 2 months, serving on average 200 patients per medical unit per day. With approx. 185,000 total beneficiaries
- Clean drinking water for 21,000 beneficiaries
- Shelter / tents for more than 500 families
- More than 700 hygiene kits to help prevent disease
- More than 460 toilet and washing facilities for families to help prevent disease
- Funds donated by Love Hope Strength and LHS supporters will benefit Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital for specialized cancer treating equipment called Brachytherapy Applicators― enabling the hospital to expand services and treat many more types of cancer and therefore many more people in Nepal.