CAFOD has launched a £3 million emergency appeal following the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday. The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), a coalition of leading aid agencies of which CAFOD is part, has announced that it has received over £19 million in donations just a day after their Nepal Earthquake Appeal was launched. This exceeds the amounts donated to the Philippines Typhoon, Haiti Earthquake and Pakistan Floods Appeals within their first 24 hours.
CAFOD has provided £200,000 to our partner Caritas Nepal in order to provide shelter, food and sanitation to people affected by the earthquake which hit Nepal on Saturday 25 April. More than eight million people’s lives (a quarter of the population) have been torn apart, over 5,000 have died and an estimated 6,700 people have been injured. We are particularly concerned for communities in remote areas that have not yet been reached and need to be ready to act quickly when access becomes possible. Support will also be needed for the long term – long after the television cameras have left – to enable communities to rebuild their lives and plan for the future.
How you can help
2. Pray for all those affected:
Merciful and loving God,
we pray for our sisters and brothers in Nepal,
for those who have died,
and for those who mourn.
We ask that through your grace,
you may bless and comfort your people.
For those who are afraid;
for those who are toiling to save;
and for those who are lost;
bring shelter under the shadow of your wings.
Open our hearts Lord,
help us to be with your people
through our actions and prayers,
as we hold onto hope in you.
Through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Find special prayers for the people of Nepal as well as intercessions that can be used in your parish at cafod.org.uk/Pray
3. Raise awareness by downloading the appeal poster>> and displaying it in your parish, school or group
4. Make you donation go further:
The Big Give website offers you the opportunity to make your donation to the CAFOD Nepal Earthquake Appeal go further. By using The Big Give website your donation could be doubled by the organisation’s match funders.
Donations will be doubled up to £500 and are available on first come first serve basis depending on the number of match funders who contribute to the website.
If you would like to find out more about CAFOD’s response in Nepal, please visit cafod.org.uk/Nepal