Earthquake in Nepal: Urgent need for food and emergency shelters
Malteser International will distribute food to almost 10,000 people
Almost a week after the devastating earthquake in Nepal, countless numbers of people, especially in outlying regions, are still having to endure without supplies or a roof over their head. Malteser International is concentrating its aid where it is most needed: in the rural areas outside of the capital. Together with a local partner, Malteser International will be distributing basic food supplies to 1,600 especially needy families – around 10,000 people – living in the districts of Kavre and Sunduplanchok, around 40 kilometers outside of Kathmandu, during the coming days. Each family will receive 20 kilos of rice, 5 kilos of lentils, 1 kilo of salt and a liter of oil. Additionally, they will be given a family hygiene set containing towels, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes.
“Because of the heavy damage, there are still huge numbers of people not being supplied with even the bare essentials. With one of these food packs, we can secure the survival of a family for the next ten days… the clock is ticking, and we are working under a lot of pressure,” says to Dr. Marie Benner, who is coordinating distribution on the ground.
Malteser International has also procured tarpaulins for the construction of emergency shelters for the survivors, as well as medical goods and equipment to supply hospitals and health centres. The team of experts from Malteser International currently on the ground will be reinforced by an additional doctor, paramedic and first aider this weekend. Malteser International has been working in Nepal since September 2012 on projects to reduce the risk of damage from catastrophic flooding, as well as improve the provision of basic water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in the country.
About Malteser International:
Malteser International is the humanitarian relief agency of the Sovereign Order of Malta. With over 100 projects annually in some 25 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas, Malteser International has been standing by those affected by poverty, disease, conflict and disaster, helping them lead a healthy life with dignity – without distinction of religion, race or political
persuasion. Christian values and the humanitarian principles build the foundation of its work. For more information: www.malteser-international.org and www.orderofmalta.int