News | Nepal Scouts provide earthquake support
Our hearts go out to the millions of people affected by Saturday's earthquake in Nepal. This blog comes from Dick Griffiths, Global Adviser to The Scout Association for the Asia-Pacific Region.
You will have seen the dreadful scenes from Nepal on the news. On Saturday, the worst earthquake since 1934 hit Nepal. The earthquake has claimed the lives of over 5,000 people, with hundreds of thousands currently homeless, many of whom are in need of medical attention.
Nepal Scouts are playing a major role in supporting their country in the clean-up operation and helping their local communities.
There are 20,000 Scouts and 12,000 Guides in Nepal and the following is an extract from an appeal by Rabin Dahal, Chief Commissioner Nepal Scouts:
'On Saturday 25th April 2015 we have witnessed the most destructive earthquake to reach our country, resulting in over 5,000 deaths and many more injured or homeless. The Nepal Scouts pay a heartfelt tribute to the bereaved families and pledge to do all we can to bring assistance.
'The Nepal Scout Disaster Rescue Committee, under the leadership of the Chief Commissioner of Scouts, decided to deploy support via each District Working Committee of the Nepal Scouts. We are already directing and becoming involved in the rescue work, hampered by many deceased, entire hamlets wiped out and lack of transport. It is difficult to determine the appropriate place to be involved in the relief work. The Nepal Scout National Head Office is handling the heartfelt appeals.
'Many may wish to contribute to the objective of support in times of disaster to the earthquake relief fund. Nepal Scouts have set up a relief organization for those interested persons and donations can be sent to Nepal Scouts.'
The World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) has opened a fund to support Scouting in Nepal. If you wish to support Scouting in Nepal, you can do so on the WOSM website. Please write 'Nepal Earthquake 2015' in the Comment Box.
Many Scout counties in the UK are already involved with supporting Shelterbox, an international relief organisation that dispatches boxes containing an emergency shelter and vital supplies to support a family to communities around the world, overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis. They are already active with a team in Kathmandu. If you wish to support this work, you can contribute through their website.
Donations can also be made via the Disaster Emergency Committee.