2015 Nepal earthquake
On 25th April, a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake and aftershocks occurred in Nepal followed on 12 may by a second major 7.3 magnitude quake. in total Over 9,000 people have been killed and 22,000 injured
Remote mountain villages were flattened and completely cut off by avalanches and landslides and in the Langtang valley tons of rock avalanche completely destroyed the community. Reaching survivors was difficult and dangerous. Now, nearly two years on, the community in the Langtang will be celebrating the re-dedication of their Stupa at Kyanjin Gompa in early May 2017. Doug and Trish together with CAN Trustees will be present to share the celebrations.
can'S earthquake appeal
Since CAN's Earthquake Appeal, made immediately after the events in April and May 2015, over one million pounds has been raised. The money has gone to the village communities supported by CAN and all rebuilding has taken place with consultation with the local communities involvement but incorporating earthquake resistant features as outlined in the document, Final Construction Ethos.
This has been a tremendous achievement and, for such a small charity, is testament to the affection and goodwill in which the Nepali people are held.
When Doug founded CAN over 20 years ago he always wanted the charity to be seen as one in which the mountain people could be helped by those who derived so much pleasure from climbing and trekking in the Himalaya.
Why support CAN?
As you will have read above in the section on the on-going Earthquake Appeal, Community Action Nepal (CAN), is a charity founded by Everest mountaineer Doug Scott CBE.
For 20 years CAN has provided nurses, health posts, teachers, schools and rescue shelters that serve 250,000 people in remote Nepalese villages. In the regions hit worst by the earthquakes, such as Langtang, Gorkha and Helambu, these vital buildings have been badly damaged or completely destroyed, and homes have been reduced to rubble and all associated infrastructure severely compromised.
97% of donations made to CAN go directly towards relief efforts and the rebuilding of communities in Nepal.
How has CAN helped?
- CAN has trained Nepali nurses, teachers, building experts, and community workers who helped with immediate relief needs even though, in some cases, a staff member had lost their own home.
- CAN organised the distribution of food and medical supplies.
- CAN nurses continued to work from temporary Health Posts until the new posts were completed. The latest news in February 2017 is that the HP at Melamchigaun is completely finished and the building at Kutumsang is 90% complete. CAN's nurses are working from the HP at Melamchi. A third post, which was only partially destroyed but remains in serious danger from landslide, is at Milarepa. The new building will be constructed on land, already purchased, in an area safe from landslip.
- CAN was ably supported by the charity, Mission Aviation Fellowship [MAF], a Christian organisation founded in 1945 by an Englishman, an Australian and an American, who flew over 5000 flights between 9 May and December 2015 and helped CAN transport much needed medical supplies and personnel at a fraction of the commercial rate. MAF played an essential role in the earthquake relief effort.
- CAN’s camping and trekking gear was distributed to those in need and, in some cases, as a result of delays in sending relief funding to impoverished villagers to help with rebuilding, remains in use.
- Temporary school classrooms were opened and will remain so until new school buildings have been constructed under the post earthquake mantra of "to build back better".