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The Salvation Army’s Emergency Response in Nepal – An Overview

Updated 05/21/2015

The Salvation Army continues to serve communities of Nepal in the aftermath of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that erupted approximately 85 miles east of the capital, Kathmandu, killing more than 8,000 people and destroying a half-million homes nationwide. Two weeks later the country was struck again by a 7.3-magnitude tremor near Mount Everest that killed more than 100 people and triggered fresh landslides.

The emergency response team of The Salvation Army has been meeting the immediate needs of survivors in the urban areas with operations revolving around camps for displaced people, including camp management roles and the provision of food, shelter, and water.

Nep_insertIn rural areas, The Salvation Army is supplying food and shelter to remote communities in the districts of Ramechhap and Sindhupalchok, and around northern Gorka. In the Kathmandu Valley, The Salvation Army is working in a number of urban camps, assisting people who have lost their homes or are fearful of sleeping inside due to ongoing aftershocks.

“Not a single house is standing in the rural mountainous villages where we have visited and people are very fearful of the next earthquake,” said Betsy Baldwin, Disaster Technical Advisor for The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO). “Many roads to these remote villages are blocked by landslides that may not be cleared until after the monsoon season is over in several months.”

Support from the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has allowed Salvation Army teams to serve villages in Sindhupalchok, which are currently accessible only by helicopter. Over the weekend of May 15, survivors in the Sindhupalchok and other remote communities were provided with solar lamps and chargers, tarps, personal hygiene items, and food. Shelter remains a major concern, especially with the monsoon season approaching. 1,000 high-quality, weatherproof tents have been ordered in Pakistan and will be transported to Nepal shortly.

“Despite challenges, the people within the affected communities have been very resourceful in building temporary houses from the building materials they have salvaged from the rubble that remains of their houses,” said Baldwin.

“We give thanks to those who have offered prayers and monetary support to The Salvation Army, which allows our team the strength and resources to meet the most pressing needs of these communities in need. We ask for continued prayers for the people of Nepal.”

Monetary donations are the most critical need for survivors. The Salvation Army has set up a designated fund for relief efforts in Nepal. To give, visit salar.my/Nepal or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Check donations to Salvation Army World Service Office (designate “Nepal Earthquake”) can be sent to:

International Relief Fund
P.O. Box 418558
Boston, MA 02241-8558

In-kind donations are not being accepted.

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army is committed to utilize philanthropic gifts in the manner donors desire. Occasionally, conditions in the field may alter relief activities. If this occurs, The Salvation Army will redirect funds to our International relief efforts in the area.

 


 

Updated 05/13/2015

London, 13 May 2015/IHQ/ –AS The Salvation Army’s response in Nepal continues to grow, Damaris Frick –from The Salvation Army’s International Emergency Services –has provided an overview of the many activities currently taking place, along with an insight into the way the international team is fully sharing with the people of Nepal, especially as they recover from a second major earthquake.

The relief operations underway can loosely be separated into urban and rural projects. Broadly speaking, the urban ministry –in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur –is centred around camps for displaced people, including camp management roles and the provision of food and water. In rural areas, The Salvation Army is supplying food and shelter to remote communities in Ramechhap and Sindhupalchok Districts and around Ghorka.

One truck of relief items has made its way to Nepal from the India Eastern Territory, including 700 12-litre boxes of water and 130 boxes of noodles, each of which contains 48 packets. So far the Nepal relief team has distributed about 150 boxes of water and 40 boxes of noodles. These items are mainly used for the camps The Salvation Army is involved in and for small scattered shelters. Another truck with 300 tarpaulins for shelter is on its way from Kolkata.

The relief team has provided food assistance to more than 700 households in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur and Sindhupalchok. The food parcel typically consists of rice, dhal (lentils), oil and salt. Another distribution planned for Ramechhap will provide food parcels to 280 additional households.

Through partners The Salvation Army has also been able to secure tarpaulins, distributing 131 so far. Another 70 are already assigned for distribution.

Shelter remains a major concern, especially with the monsoon season approaching. One thousand high-quality, weatherproof tents have been ordered in Pakistan and, thanks to assistance from the internatioal logistics company UPS, they will be transported to Nepal shortly. It has been possible to source food items locally, which is the ideal solution.

The Salvation Army has been asked to take on the responsibility of managing a number of camps. So far it has been allocated four camps (two of which have now been closed) but it is still providing support including food, shelter and non-food items to another two. The team has been asked to oversee another camp which needs assistance, which team members will visit to assess the needs.

A new project is being undertaken in the far north of Ghorka, where 8,000 people need food and shelter. It will be implemented in cooperation with MountainChild, a local non-governmental organisation (NGO) which has access to the helicopters needed to reach some of the most remote areas.

In Sindhupalchok, food has already been distributed –along with some non-food items such as solar lamps –but plans are being put in place to provide shelter to 1,000 households.

The Salvation Army continues to carry out its response as part of the bigger humanitarian operation and is therefore making an effort to coordinate on national as well as district levels. It is registered as the main relief agency in certain VDCs (village development councils) and attends eight of the clusters organised by the United Nations to ensure effective cooperation and coordination.

The international response team in Nepal currently consists of: Damaris Frick (International Headquarters), Colonel Carol Telfer (Pakistan), Captain MacDonald Chandi (Pakistan), Captain Kathy Crombie (International Social Justice Commission) and Captain Vanlaltluanga Pachuau (India Eastern Territory). Two members of the team, Captain Joy Thang and Michael Andrew (India Eastern) have now returned home, as has the SAVN.tv film crew (USA Western Territory). International Emergency Services is currently working to source more deployees.

The international deployees are working closely with Majors Lalsangliana Vuite and Lalnunsangi Ralte, who oversee The Salvation Army’s work in Nepal, with assistance provided by many young people connected to The Salvation Army (or the Salvation Mission, as it is known in Nepal). The local knowledge and contacts are proving vital.

Damaris says: ‘You will all be aware of another earthquake which happened today. Most of us were somewhere on the road in Kathmandu, as we were getting several relief items to the airport. We also had two teams on an assessment mission in Sindhupalchok very near the epicentre. We were grateful when we could make contact with them via satellite phone and again when they came back safely.’

She adds: ‘Every person in Kathmandu seems to be sleeping outside tonight, so we will take our mats and sleeping bags and do the same.’

To the many people who have shown concern, offered prayers and given generously to the work of The Salvation Army in Nepal, she has a final message: ‘Thank you for all the interest and support from all over the world –this is greatly appreciated. Please continue to pray for our wonderful colleagues and for the lovely people here in Nepal.’

Please visit www.salvationarmy.org/nepalearthquake to make a donation in support of The Salvation Army’s #NepalEarthquake appeal.

by IHQ Communications
(Based on a report by Damaris Frick)
International Headquarters

A selection of photos showing the response in Nepal is available via the IHQ Flickr feed at http://sar.my/nepalpics

This release is available through the News section of www.salvationist.org (click on name to access). For those who have full access to The Salvation Army’s Lotus Notes databases the release is also available through the International News database. Please note that in some locations the database is replicated to the local server only two or three times a day.

Where they have been supplied, full-resolution photographs can be downloaded through the IHQ Flickr stream, sar.my/flickr. The main IHQ website, www.salvationarmy.org, uses photos in screen resolution only.

 


 

Updated 05/06/2015

Generous donation of $50,000 will support ongoing relief and recovery work

ALEXANDRIA, VA (May 1, 2015) – FedEx has just announced they will provide $50,000 to The Salvation Army following the devastating Nepal earthquake that occurred April 25. The financial support will allow experienced Salvation Army emergency response teams to continue delivery of shelter, food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to survivors.

“During times of disaster, it is crucial for our response teams to provide relief as quickly as possible, and supporters like FedEx ensure that we have the means to do so,” said Lieutenant Colonel William Mockabee, Executive Director of The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO). “Monetary support of this kind not only goes toward providing relief immediately following a disaster, but allows us to serve long after to make sure that communities are rebuilt. Our efforts in Nepal will likely span the coming months and even years.”

FedEx has a 14-year history of supporting The Salvation Army during national and international disasters. Previous gifts have included transporting relief supplies, emergency equipment and other disaster-related materials. FedEx has also provided 20 canteens, or mobile feeding units, through the years – valued at $100,000 per canteen.

Monetary donations are the most critical need for survivors. The Salvation Army has set up a designated fund for relief efforts in Nepal. To give, visit salar.my/Nepal or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Check donations to Salvation Army World Service Office (designate “Nepal Earthquake”) can be sent to:

International Relief Fund
P.O. Box 418558
Boston, MA 02241-8558

In-kind donations are not being accepted

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 129 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army is committed to utilize philanthropic gifts in the manner donors desire. Occasionally, conditions in the field may alter relief activities. If this occurs, The Salvation Army will redirect funds to our International relief efforts in the area.

 


 

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Updated 05/05/2015

Alexandria, VA (April 29, 2015) –Emergency response teams from The Salvation Army are on the ground in Nepal following the devastating earthquake that occurred on Saturday, April 25th. Response efforts are focused on providing shelter, hydration and emotional and spiritual care. The India Eastern Territory, which oversees Salvation Army work in Nepal, is sourcing food, water and other essentials, which it hopes to transport by road by the end of the week.

The Salvation Army is working alongside government officials and The United Nations, to assess needs and avoid duplication with other relief groups. In the past 72 hours, large encampments of tents have sprung up in open pockets of Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu for those who are displaced or afraid to return home due to strong aftershocks. An initial sum of $20,000 has already been released by The Salvation Army World Service Office to provide 40 tents and a large supply of essentials such as food, water and blankets.

As the disaster unfolds, The Salvation Army’s emergency response will shift to long-term relief and recovery solutions.

 


 

 

Immediate and long-term efforts in place for relief and recovery

Alexandria, VA (April 26, 2015) –The Salvation Army is mobilizing emergency response personnel and supplies after a devastating 7.8-magnitude Earthquake in Nepal that flattened homes and buildings, causing widespread damage across the region and killing more than 2,000 people.

“We are initiating a response to meet basic, urgent needs with shelter, food, water, and other necessary relief items. We ask supporters to please pray for the people of Nepal,” said Lieutenant Colonel William Mockabee, Executive Director of The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO).

Volunteers and staff are well prepared to service the immediate and long-term needs of those impacted by natural disasters. Since 1882, The Salvation Army has served the people of its India Eastern Territory.

“Donations from the generous public will help provide basic necessities that survivors desperately need right now,” said Lt. Colonel Ron Busroe, The Salvation Army’s National Community Relations and Development Secretary. “But the effects of this tragedy will be felt for months – even years. We know that emotional and spiritual counseling is equally important for survivors to deal with the gravity of the situation.”

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