Nepal Earthquake Appeal

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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.

Collapsed buildings in Swatha Square, Patan (one of the 3 districts of Kathmandu)

Collapsed buildings in Swatha Square, Patan (one of the 3 districts of Kathmandu)

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.

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How you can help

1. Donate to the appeal online now>>>

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;
bring peace,
for those who are toiling to save;
bring strength,
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.

Rachel McCarthy/CAFOD

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.

Donate using the Big Give website>>

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

DEC EAST AFRICA APPEAL REACHES £30 MILLION

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East Africa Dec Appeal (Image Phil Moore/Concern Worldwide)

Donations from the UK public to the DEC appeal to help people suffering from severe food shortages in East Africa have topped a milestone £30m.

The worst drought in 60 years in parts of East Africa has devastated cattle and crops creating a humanitarian emergency, with problems expected to be compounded by a poor coming harvest. The situation is now so serious that famine has been declared in two regions of Somalia, with other areas expected to follow.

More than 10 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and the newly-formed Republic of South Sudan have been left in need of food, water and emergency healthcare.

Chief Executive of the Disasters Emergency Committee Brendan Gormley said:

“The UK public has been wonderfully generous since we announced our East Africa Crisis Appeal less than three weeks ago.

“Aid is getting through even in the toughest parts of Somalia but far more is needed.  Our member agencies can save more lives if you will help. ”

Rising food prices, even in cities and towns, across the region have added to the food crisis. Many families have been left unable to afford even one proper meal and with months to go before the next harvest in many areas.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee Somalia due to the drought and conflict and fears are growing that the crisis could escalate. The most vulnerable are dying of causes related to malnutrition where they live or on the long journeys they are making in search of food and safety.

To make a donation to the DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal visit the DEC website , call the 24 hour hotline on 0370 60 60 900, donate over the counter at any high street bank or post office, or send a cheque. You can also donate £5 by texting the word CRISIS to 70000.

Stay up to date with developments in East Africa, the emergency response and the fundraising efforts with the DEC on twitter: http://twitter.com/decappeal or become a fan of ‘Disasters-Emergency-Committee-DEC’ on Facebook.

CAFOD SPONSORED WALK TO HELP DROUGHT VICTIMS IN AFRICA

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Women queue for food aid in Somalia (Feisel Omar/Reuters courtesy of alertnet)

Would you take part in a cross-country walk from Rochester Cathedral to Aylesford Priory in aid of drought victims of East Africa?

It’s taking place on Sat 6th August.

Meet at Rochester Cathedral at 10 am – bring packed lunch and drink and wear suitable clothing/footwear.

Tea and cakes upon arrival at the Priory’s Teashop

Bus transport recommended for return or arrange private pick-up if preferred.

Everyone is welcome!

Sponsorship forms are available online from the CAFOD website.

For any further information contact Julie Cox on (01634)406963.

CAFOD World Gifts to be selected by group with the money raised – so let’s get together and make a difference to peoples’ lives