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UWCSEA Nepal earthquake response and update on our GC partners

Thursday, 30 April 2015   (0 Comments)
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UWCSEA is working with the school community to provide support to our NGO partners in Nepal after this week’s devastating earthquakes.

The 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, 25 April, has claimed more than 4,600 lives and injured more than 9,000 people. While rescue and recovery efforts continue and large charities and NGOs send emergency assistance, UWCSEA's four Nepali GCs (Child Workers in Nepal, Colours of Kattike, Himalayan and LINK) are leading efforts on both campuses in the effort to raise awareness and emergency funds for the Himalayan nation, where 8 million have been affected across the state. 

The goal is not only to raise emergency funds but also to focus awareness on the potential long term effects of the calamity on the country's development and economy. This will be a long road to recovery and we will continue to engage with our NGO partners with sustainable and long term involvement.

Drone footage of the damage in Kathmandu (from The Guardian)

Focus Days for Nepal will be held on Wednesday 6 May at East Campus and Friday 8 May at Dover Campus.

On Focus Day, students will be welcome to come to school dressed in the colours of the Nepalese flag, and to make a contribution to support disaster relief efforts. A variety of sales and activities will be held with all funds going to the Nepal relief efforts.

Beneficiaries of our relief efforts

We are gathering information from our Global Concerns partners and will be supporting their identified needs within our capabilities. We are also connecting with grassroots organisations tGELF and PHASE to follow their emergency relief efforts and actions.

Child Workers in Nepal (CWIN) Global Concern
CWIN is one of our oldest Global Concerns projects. Our expeditions and Project Week teams have long, established links with CWIN. From what we understand, the CWIN centres have not been damaged structurally.

CWIN-Nepal as a child rights organization is deeply concerned about the possible damage on children. CWIN has informed citizens and police about the Child Helpline services it carries out in the 6 districts of Nepal, namely, Kathmandu, Pokhara, Hetauda, Biratnagar, Nepalgunj and Dhangadi for the support of for children caught in the earthquake. CWIN run Child Helplines are willing to extend support to any children missing their families, who got injured, who need counseling and emergency humanitarian assistance. CWIN is seeking all kinds of assistance so that we are able to reach out to more children in crisis.

The CWIN team are distributing relief materials for children such as food, medicines, clothes, slippers, milk, diapers, sanitary napkins including tents for areas in the outskirts of Kathmandu, where relief has not reached. They are working closely with NEPAS (Nepal Paediatric Society, Nepal), providing information about prevention of possible outbreak of communicable diseases and for providing medical support to children in the Kathmandu valley and in surrounding districts. 

Himalayan Global Concern
The Himalayan GC was established in the early 1990’s when our expedition programme started visiting Nepal and Himalayan Global Concern supports a variety of projects such as the Viewpoint School in Pokhra and the Namche Dental Service. The school has not suffered from structural damage and the children are all safe. Some families have lost their homes.

LINK Global Concern
This GC supports the Schools for Himalayan Children (, located in Kathmandu. This NGO supports children who live in remote parts of the Nepal, to attend school into Kathmandu. They also build houses for families in need and support an annual feeding programme.  
We are waiting for further information from this organisation as to possible support they may need.

Colours of Kattike Global Concern - East Campus
Many of the Kattike homes have been badly damaged. Emergency relief will be left to the big agencies and the focus of support for East Campus’ efforts will focus upon the reconstruction of the Don Smith Education Centre and community homes.

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