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Generosity Brings Hope

Thanks to our many donors, we have raised crucial funds over the last few weeks that have enabled us to respond quickly and efficiently. In the midst of devastation, good things are happening. In addition to our work over the last few weeks, in the last few days we have been able to:

  • expand our emergency day care and learning center programs in and around Kathmandu to care for 600 children, particularly those who have been orphaned or become homeless.
  • coordinate with Nepal’s Central Child Welfare Board and set up temporary residential shelters for orphaned and unaccompanied children who are being located by NYF staff in the hard-hit regions of Sindhupalchok and Gorkha.
  • deliver more than 100 family water filters and 1,500 mosquito nets for at-risk families as the number of cases of diarrhea and related diseases increase.

Two weeks ago, a young couple from Sindupalchowk, a district entirely destroyed in the earthquake, took shelter at our Nutritional Rehabilitation Center in Kathmandu. Early Monday, they became parents when Baby Posan (which means nutrition in Nepali) arrived. Baby Posan is happy and healthy. He reminds us that time keeps moving and we must prepare for the future.

Unfortunately the immediate future is full of threat for Posan and others. The coming monsoon along with rising temperatures, contaminated water and poor sanitation brings serious risk of landslides and water and mosquito-borne illnesses. The need for shelter and clean water is even more urgent now than before.

While we are creating solutions for the next few months and plans for rebuilding, we ask that you keep the people of Nepal in your thoughts and that you share their story. We will continue to post updates and photos on our website and Facebook page. Your generosity allows us to move forward and to create hope.