Nepal Earthquake kills more than 3,700 people:
Christian Children's Fund of Canada urges Canadians to help
UPDATE: The Government of Canada has announced that they will be matching, dollar-for-dollar, all donations made to CCFC to support humanitarian, early recovery and reconstruction assistance in Nepal until May 25, 2015.
MARKHAM, ON (April 27, 2015) – A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck near Kathmandu, Nepal just before midday Saturday, killing thousands of people, collapsing homes and historic temples, and triggering avalanches on Mount Everest.
According to BBC News, more than 3,700 people have been reported to have been killed. This figure is expected to rise as more bodies are being uncovered from the rubble.
"Canadians' support is urgently needed to help provide emergency assistance to children and families who have been displaced by the earthquake," says Mark Lukowski, Chief Executive Officer, Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC).
The United Nations agency in Kathmandu has estimated that the earthquake has affected about 40% of people in the country. The earthquake was also felt across the region – in India, Tibet, China, and Bangladesh and has killed people in those areas.
"CCFC's primary concern is for the care and protection of children affected by the earthquake," says Jim Carrie, Vice President, Global Operations, CCFC. "We are working with our ChildFund Alliance colleagues in Nepal to ensure the immediate needs of children are met."
“There is an urgent need for food, water, medicine and shelter,” says Mariko Tanaka, country director of ChildFund Nepal. “Currently there is no electricity. Communication lines are also down. Many people have been displaced from their homes and spent the night out in the open. There are many people injured and hospitals are unable to handle the situation.”
Please donate now by visiting www.ccfcanada.ca/nepal and help provide emergency assistance to children and families in Nepal.
About Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC)
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada is a member of ChildFund Alliance, a worldwide group of 12 child -centred development organizations working in 58 countries to implement long-lasting and meaningful changes for children and families. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance. CCFC supports children and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Currently, CCFC has over 50,000 children sponsored, benefitting more than 500,000 people around the world.
For more information, please contact:
Bonar Bell, Communications Manager, Christian Children’s Fund of Canada