On the 25th April and the 12th May 2015, two devastating earthquakes struck Nepal causing massive damage across the entire country, with the central districts being affected the hardest. The numerous aftershocks that occurred after these earthquakes only exacerbated the terrible conditions that the Nepalese people found themselves in.
Al-Khair Foundation responded within 60 hours of the initial earthquake where our team provided vital supplies to the most affected communities. We provided over 10,000 people with food, water, medicine and shelter. Hygiene kits and food packs were provided for each family, which catered for an average family of seven for one month. We distributed sleeping bags and constructed temporary shelters for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) in the central districts of Nepal, relocating more than 700 people to safe areas. Our team provided 100 wheelchairs and 15 hospital beds to the Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) as well as food supplies for a period of one month in Kathmandu’s medical centres. Furthermore, medicine was distributed to field hospitals and mobile clinics.
In partnership with Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), UMR and other organisations, medicine was distributed to a field hospital in Nuwakot District. AKF supported a field hospital established and operated by QRCS in Trishuli, Nuwakot District, where an average of 92 patients were treated per day, and in total 13,786 patients received medical assistance. The mobile clinic that QRCS operated and AKF supported served 1,806 people in the Nuwakot District.
Now that today is the one year anniversary of the initial earthquake, development in Nepal is a humanitarian priority and our future plans reflect this. Education, health and reconstruction are the main priorities, with WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) implemented into each of these. AKF is establishing partnerships to make the greatest impact in these areas where we are going to intervene. We are pushing forward with these plans to provide the Nepalese people with the services they so desperately need.