One year on from Nepal’s devastating earthquakes, GlobalGiving reflects that building local resilience to disaster is needed for long term recovery.
London – 22nd April 2016
Earthquakes are again in the news with the natural disasters hitting both Japan and Ecuador in a matter of days. Fatefully, these recent events mark the anniversary of the devastating earthquakes that affected more than eight million people in Nepal on 25th April and 12th May, 2015.
Today, a year on, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) reported that some 26,000 individuals still remain displaced from their homes in Nepal, and, as DEC members added, ‘the government’s plans for rebuilding are far behind schedule.’ So as the world switches its attention to the plight of people in Japan and Ecuador, the fact is much remains to be done in Nepal. The recovery has been hindered by difficult geographic terrain, fuel blockades, the monsoon and the high levels of existing poverty.
GlobalGiving has been at the forefront of relief efforts from the earliest days, raising more than £3.4 million in donations for the benefit of 83 local organisations. To this day, GlobalGiving continues to work on rebuilding communities that remain shattered by the disaster.
Eleanor Harrison, GlobalGiving UK Chief Executive said, “GlobalGiving’s local partners are dedicated to supporting their communities’ long term. Continued support from the international community through shared resources – money, skills and expertise – can empower local people to build their own resilience to disaster in the long term.”
GlobalGiving will continue to provide a channel for people and companies to give to the long term rebuilding efforts through local organisations.
Launching on Monday 25th April – the one year anniversary – people that donate to a project in Nepal featured on GlobalGiving.co.uk will receive a 100% match, meaning that a £100 donation will provide £200 for a local organisation to continue their rebuilding work.
For further information about GlobalGiving and its work in Nepal, please visit, www.globalgiving.co.uk
GlobalGiving is the first and largest global crowdfunding community for nonprofits. GlobalGiving makes it safe and easy for people and companies to give to local projects anywhere in the world, providing nonprofits with the tools, training, and support they need to become more effective. Since 2002, GlobalGiving has helped raise more than $200 million from more than 500,000 donors for more than 14,000 projects. Because GlobalGiving works with nonprofit organizations in more than 165 countries, when earthquakes and other disasters occur, GlobalGiving can quickly deliver funds to locally driven organizations that are best-suited to provide relief in their own communities.