The pain goes on in Nepal

As media events, humanitarian crises come and go.

The spotlight is no longer shining brightly on Nepal but the human suffering continues.

Rain has already begun to fall and will intensify as the monsoon season begins, bringing landslides and disease to many already desperate communities.

“We are shaken but not beaten; we shall rise as one stronger Nepal. It may take a little longer but rise we shall,” says Fr Pius Perumana, Director of Caritas Nepal.

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is still appealing for donations to provide humanitarian relief to those affected by this major emergency in Nepal.

Despite the many people that have already been reached, some areas are very difficult to access and Caritas teams are using tractors or travelling on foot to reach some of the more isolated villages.

Thokarpa is a village like this where Caritas has provided relief supplies to people and is supporting a Health Post treating the injured and ill.

Staffed by two dedicated young workers, the post has been able to treat more than 400 people in the past month, despite severe shortages in basic medicines after the earthquakes.

“During the day, we forget our sorrows by treating people. But by the night, we too miss our homes and dear ones.”

“That makes us sad, but we are not the only victims here,” assistant health worker Ganga Pathak (24) said.

Ms Pathak operates the Outpatient Department services, while her co-worker Rewati Thapa (20) handles delivery cases.

Donations to assist with Caritas’ humanitarian response can be made by:

  • Donate online using a credit card
  • Internet banking – account #03 0518 0211216 00
  • Phoning 0800 22 10 22 to make credit card donations


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