EARTHQUAKE SHOCK – URGENT
On Saturday, 25 April, a massive earthquake hit Nepal. And now there has been a second major earthquake. Between them they have caused huge loss of life, injury and damage in one of the poorest countries in the world.
Families are sleeping in the streets as they are too afraid to stay in their homes in case they collapse, that is if they still standing at all. And in a couple of weeks the monsoon will be starting.
The Kanti Children’s Hospital in Kathmandu has been badly damaged and whole areas have had to be evacuated as they are unsafe. The hospital is packed with injured children and staff are working flat out trying to save as many as they can, while also dealing with their usual intake of patients. They are making urgent pleas for local people to come forward as blood donors, as well as asking for supplies of medical dressings and other equipment.
We are working with the Kanti Children’s Hospital to send whatever supplies they need to help them through this desperate time. Eventually we will be supporting them to rebuild the damaged parts of the hospital. If you can help, please click the “Donate” button and give what you can. We guarantee that every penny will go towards saving children’s lives in one of the poorest countries in the world.
SO THE CHILD MAY LIVE is a Liverpool-based charity which works to help with training and development of staff at the Kanti Children’s Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, the only dedicated children’s hospital in the country. We also support a clinic in the village of Jaganarthpur in the south of Nepal where there are no other nearby medical facilities.We hold sponsored walks, quiz nights, bring-and-buy sales and all sorts of other fund-raising activities. Why not join us?
Bordered by the great Himalayan mountains to the north, nestling between India and China, Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world with high rates of sickness and deaths.The death rate for children under 1 year old is 150 per 1,000 (the same figure in the UK is less than 10). Leading diseases and illnesses include diarrhoea, goiter, intestinal parasites, leprosy and tuberculosis. Nepal also has high rates of child malnutrition and under-five mortality. Life expectancy is 59 years and only 59% of the population has safe drinking water. About half the population eats less than 30% of the recommended calorie intake. Burns are a major problem as people mostly use open fires for cooking and heating because so few areas have electricity.