Update From Last Night: There were 11 aftershocks felt last night across Nepal, the largest being of 7.3 magnitude. The quakes were centered in the northern Janakpur district, near the Tibetan boarder. Damage in Katmandu was minimal and our team and our partners are reporting in safe. We will have more updates on the situation in the rural areas as they become available.

Untitled-1Brief Summary

  • The emergency medical needs are winding down and the focus is on stabilizing the communities.
  • EA has been listening to community leaders to try and understand their needs.
  • ED Neena Jain is now on the ground in Katmandu to coordinate the effort.

Pillars of our Response

Direct medical relief

  • Members of our team have changed their focus and are partnering with other organizations to deliver secondary care.
  • The team traveled to various sites to provide medical exams for orphans.
  • In cooperation with Classrooms in the Clouds, the EA team is conducting a teachers training in emergency preparedness and first aid.

11152677_781845311913874_5300799725147913973_nTemporary shelter and life-saving NFIs (Non-Food Items) 

  • The team wrapped up various joint missions delivering much needed food to unreached areas in Lower Langtang, Rasuwa, which was hard hit by the earthquake.
  • EA’s Partnership with the movement person2personNepal continues –
    • Neena delivered full duffels of tarps to the team in Katmandu.
    • We worked closely to secure donations of items from companies like Big Agnes Tents and McGuckins Hardware. We filled 22 duffels with tarps and tents. We also helped inventory the items, find bags to put them in and handed them off for delivery.Along with the distribution, we have spent a lot of time speaking with NGO partners and individuals to help them understand the emergency response frame work, the UN cluster system and all the complicated aspects involved, including reporting on distributions and the need for transparency.

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Community-driven rebuilding

  • We are meeting with partners to determine the best path forward, this includes:
    • Getting assessments.
    • Looking for a building plan that constructs a home from locally sourced materials and will be earthquake resistant.
  • We have partnered with a community group in Lower Langtang, Rasuwa. to help them acquire much needed CGI (corrugated Tin).

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