Life-saving CARE Packages arrive in Nepal

“Almost everyone has slept outside and they are creating temporary shelters with what they have. I am seeing women and children suffering a lot … they are living outside their homes and fear going inside. In some places there is no electricity, and soon there could be a scarcity of water. People have been pooling their resources together, but there could soon be problems with food and water.” — Santosh Sharma, Emergency Response Coordinator for CARE Nepal.

Imagine for a moment what it would be like if you and your family had nowhere dry and warm to sleep? Or no clean water to drink? What if your children were crying out for food and comfort?

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25th has devastated 8 million people. Homes are destroyed, roads are impassable, and people are struggling to survive, forced to sleep outside either because they have no other option, or are afraid of aftershocks.

CARE responded immediately following the earthquake. In those early hours, CARE Nepal staff, who are also deeply affected by this emergency, began helping their neighbours. Now, as the scale of this emergency becomes clearer, the need for shelter, food and water are apparent and ever-growing.

That’s why CARE’s initial response will provide CARE Packages that include tarps, blankets, jerry cans for storing and transporting water and hygiene items such as soap and toothpaste.

Canadian donations help provide this. Tarps keep the cold rain out as families begin to build make-shift camps. Blankets keep children and babies warm through the night. Jerry cans store clean water, vital for helping prevent the spread of disease. And hygiene items help provide dignity as families try to create a sense of normalcy amid the tragedy.

“Right now, it really is all about responding to the basic needs of life,” says Jessie Thomson, CARE Canada’s emergency director. “Pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and their infants are at particular risk and ensuring they have somewhere warm and safe to live, clean water and nutritious food is paramount.”

Some of the more remote areas in Nepal have been absolutely devastated following the emergency. According to the Gorkha police, an area near the epicentre of the earthquake, over 90 per cent of houses have been damaged or destroyed.

Canadians are encouraged to make a donation to support our emergency response and long-term development efforts in Nepal. Learn more.