Rubble removal starts in Nepal

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Rubble removal starts in Nepal

Local volunteers mobilised by Habitat for Humanity have begun to safely remove rubble in communities in Lalitpur district, Nepal after a series of earthquakes caused widespread destruction across the country.

Staff and volunteers are clearing rubble and debris, working alongside community members. Usable bricks and wood have been salvaged and will be used in the later reconstruction phase.This work will continue for coming weeks and months.

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In Gorkha, 8,000 water backpacks have been distributed by Habitat for Humanity Nepal and its partner organisations. These will help earthquake affected families transport and store potable water.

As part of our disaster response efforts, Habitat for Humanity has started sending engineers to conduct technical assessments of houses. Many people are still sleeping outdoors due to unstable structures and fear of more aftershocks and, with monsoon season approaching, shelter is an even more critical need.

The latest reports from Nepal have sadly confirmed growing numbers of casualties and homes that have been destroyed and damaged. There have been more than 8,000 deaths and over 20,000 people injured. Some 479,000 houses have been confirmed destroyed and another 263,000 damaged during the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.

Habitat for Humanity is focused on rebuilding the homes and lives of families affected and will be supporting 20,000 families in a variety of ways. Our priority is to distribute 5,000 Temporary Shelter Kits over the next three months, as well as assist with transitional shelter solutions, depending on funds raised.

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We are seeking additional funding for our Disaster Response Appeal as we plan longer term new home construction programs.

Click here to make a tax-deductible donation and help families who have lost their homes in the earthquake.

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Habitat for Humanity urges donors to make cash rather than in-kind donations. We are unable to accept or distribute goods donated by the public to communities affected by disasters. As part of our disaster recovery work, relief items are purchased locally or as close to the area as possible. For maximum speed and flexibility, and to ensure we supply the most needed aid materials, donating money is the best way to help people affected by an emergency. This empowers people to buy what they need the most and support local business.

If you wish to electronically transfer money into a bank account please email givinghope@habitat.org.au

At this time, Habitat is not considering volunteer opportunities in Kathmandu due to the logistical challenges in the earthquake-affected areas. Volunteers will be needed most during the recovery phase and Habitat is currently assessing the damage and determining need for volunteer opportunities. If you’d like to register your interest in assisting in possible future rebuilding efforts, contact global.village@habitat.org.au.

Comments (4)

  1. Donna Grundy
    Donna Grundy
    4 years ago

    I have recently returned from a 3 month stint in Nepal, volunteering at a children’s orphanage. Nepal is my second home and I am extremely keen to get back there and assist in rebuilding. I have approached the orphanage about returning and they have informed me that volunteers are not allowed in Nepal at the moment and I therefore cannot return to the orphanage. I have saved up the airfare and had begun to make arrangements for the care of my son back here. I am very aware of Habitat for Humanity’s work, having applied for houses in Yea and Mooroolbark, Victoria. I am also aware of your work in Nepal, having met staff in Pokhara, Nepal. My understanding of the Nepalese culture is a bonus also.

    Please strongly consider my application for volunteering with your organisation.

    • Habitat for Humanity Australia
      Habitat for Humanity Australia
      4 years ago

      Hi Donna,
      At this time, Habitat is not considering volunteer opportunities in Nepal due to the logistical challenges in the earthquake-affected areas. However this may change in future as we continue to assess the situation. To register your interest in assisting in possible future rebuilding efforts in Nepal, contact global.village@habitat.org.au

      Best
      The Habitat Team

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