On April 25th Nepal was struck by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, the biggest in 80 years. It claimed more than 8,000 lives, injured more than 18,000, and left 2.8 million without homes. In the coming weeks survivors were subject to extreme weather conditions and over 150 aftershocks over 4.0 magnitude, only to be further devastated by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake on May 12th.
Thanks to the generous contributions of our supporters and artist partners, Music for Relief has been responding since day one, raising funds for our partners on the ground Oxfam & International Medical Corps enabling them to provide immediate aid and prepare for long-term solutions.
We are so happy to report that all the villagers in Kumrose who MFR has been working with in the past two years to deliver clean cookstoves are safe and that preliminary reports are indicating that there was no damage to their homes or the biogas stoves we funded. More updates to come.
With support from MFR Oxfam has helped more than 102,300 people by:
- Providing clean chlorinated water for drinking, cooking, and household use to 17,200 people
- Distributing 8,500 hygiene kits including buckets, soap, towels, and oral rehydration salts to families
- Building community sanitation facilities with hand washing points and installing 419 latrines
- Distributing shelter materials – foam mats, solar lamps, and 6,850 tarpaulins
- Providing 2,430 emergency relief kits and food baskets, including rice, lentils, and cooking oil
INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS
Post-earthquake, diseases are a concern. Diarrhea is already an issue in Kathmandu Valley, and getting clean water and hand soap to affected areas will be critical to help prevent the spread of illness as monsoon season arrives. To date IMC has provided the following:
- 3,797 health consultations through mobile medical units, reaching over 21 remote villages, and supporting 2 hospitals with surgical capacity and post-operative care
- Mobilized medication and medical supplies to provide care for 30,000 people for three months
- 2,443 men, women, and children were reached through hygiene education
- 6,650 people benefited from the construction of 300 emergency latrines and 59 hand washing stations