Nepal Earthquake News Update 18 May

It has been an incredibly busy weekend at CAN – organising ‘hit squads’ to visit villages supported by CAN, holding fundraising activities at Keswick Mountain Festival and supporting the many fundraising events in aid of CAN across the UK.

‘CAN Recce hit squad teams’ heading out to Nepal
CAN is currently assembling small self contained teams of skilled staff, volunteers and porters to visit the remote villages CAN supports. The recce teams will deliver much needed supplies and medical items, assess reconstruction needs and give vital moral support.

The first team, heading out this coming weekend, will include experienced CAN medical volunteer Dr. Richard Parkin and David Webber who has worked for Shelter Box and is very experienced in providing emergency aid in disaster zones. They will visit Milareppa, Kutumsang and Melamchigaun.

A team including a UK engineer/building surveyor is also being assembled at the moment and it is planned that they will visit the North Gorkha area.

CAN to distribute ShelterBox emergency shelters
ShelterBox provide emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis.

Doug has been in discussion with ShelterBox over the weekend to match Shelter Box’s material resources with CAN’s knowledge of working in remote areas.

ShelterBox aid is tailored to a disaster but typically includes a disaster relief tent for a family, thermal blankets and groundsheets, water storage and purification equipment, solar lamps, cooking utensils, a basic tool kit, mosquito nets and children’s activity pack.

There is a huge demand for shelters/ tents/marquees at present. CAN is hoping to shortly take delivery of 45 Shelter Boxes for the immediate use as temporary medical shelters and provisionally a further 1000 ShelterBoxes as they become available to distribute in the remote villages CAN works.

CAN Trustee Ben Ayres in Kathmandu has also offered tarps via the dZi Foundation to help give immediate shelter.

Financial support for village communities – through the reclamation of building materials
The earthquake has not only destroyed homes and other buildings, but it has destroyed the ability to make a living, earn money to feed a family and keep communities economically alive.

CAN is therefore looking at the opportunities to inject money into communities in a positive and productive way. Plans are being considered to pay local communities to reclaim, recycle and sort as much timber, stone, sheet materials and other building materials from destroyed community buildings and homes as possible in readiness for eventual reconstruction works.

This will boost moral, give financial support and greatly assist in the future rebuilding programmes.

Solar panels offered by Goal Nepal

Goal Nepal (which promotes football in Nepal) has offered remote CAN supported villages and CAN Nepal staff the use of its portable solar recharging panels/kits. These can be used to recharge mobile phones, which are a vital means of communication in the relief efforts. Thanks to Pete Glasper from Goal Nepal in Kathmandu for this generous support.

Fundraising events over the weekend of 15/16/17 May raise over £30,000 for CAN’s Appeal
Once again supporters of Nepal and CAN have shown immense generosity and great enterprise to raise approx £31,000 over the last few days!

Every single pounds helps … whether an event raised a tenner or ten thousand. Full details will be posted tomorrow on this website and CAN’s Facebook page, but here’s the amazing headline figures:

Peak District and Glasgow
£11,000 Ten in Ten in Ten 4 Nepal, Peak District: charity mass participation climb/walk/party/events
£2,700 Tango for Nepal, Glasgow: charity dance

At Keswick Mountain Festival
£8,173 Sales of outdoor gear by TRAIL magazine
£1,500 CAN sales stand
£467 Ticket sales donation from Keswick Mountain Festival organisers
£220 Donation from bottled water sales by Wenlock Spring Water
£4,100 Sales of outdoor gear and accessories by Trekmates
£2,880 Doug Scott ‘Kangchenjunga’ lecture
£315 sales of guidebooks by Cicerone Press
£450 Sales of outdoor gear by Wanderlust magazine/KE Travel
Thanks to everyone who made all this possible …


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