Nepal Earthquake: A second earthquake shakes Nepal
(c) Guido Dingemans/HelpAge International
On Tuesday, May 12th an earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale began outside of Kathmandu. This quake follows two weeks after the devastating April 25, 2015 quake that damaged that city and the surrounding mountain towns. HelpAge teams were already on the ground working with older people in the area when the second tremors began.
Our HelpAge staff has been working with partners to protect older people, who are more vulnerable in disasters. We are concerned that older people living alone or with young dependents are among the most at risk which has been exacerbated by this second disaster. The role of HelpAge is so critical for these older people and their families. Here is what we are doing:
We continue to work toward supporting older people in the affected areas.
HelpAge has been working with older people in Nepal for fifteen years to help them overcome poverty and end discrimination. Since April 25th, HelpAge has distributed aid to more than 2,100 older people directly affected by the initial earthquake.
The distribution took place with local partners Nepal Participatory Action Network (NEPAN) and Women for Human Rights (WHR) and in coordination with district authorities and the village development committees. HelpAge is planning to reach 10,000 older people in the coming weeks.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) Cash Working Group recognized HelpAge as being the first humanitarian organization to provide grant assistance to older people affected by the earthquake with access to working markets for their basic needs.
How you can help:
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