More than 2,000 people in have died in a powerful earthquae in Nepal, with many more feared trapped.
CAFOD has pledged an immediate £50,000 to help our partner Caritas Nepal respond to the 7.9 magnitude earthquake which struck between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara. The Disasters Emergency Comittee (DEC) – a coalition of leading aid agencies, of which CAFOD is a part – has also launched a joint appeal.
Fr. Pius Perumana S.J, Director of Caritas Nepal, who is in Kathmandu, said: “It was the worst earthquake I have ever experienced in my life. The aftershocks are still strong. The indications so far are that this is a major emergency.
“Lots of houses have fallen down and there are lots with cracks. Thank God it was during the day and on a holiday as many people were outside when the quake happened. Rescue is the first priority. Lots of people have lost their homes and are out on the street or in open spaces, so we will be looking to provide them with food and temporary shelter.”
How can I help?
Just £7 can provide a family with water for a week, while £35 provides tents to shelter 15 families and £70 can buy enough rice for 10 families for a month. Please click the link above to make a donation to our appeal online, or call 0303 303 3030.
Please keep the people affected by the earthquake, and those working to respond to this emergency in your thoughts and prayers.
Prayer for help
Almighty God, in our distress and grief
help us to remember that you love us.
We do not understand why this great disaster
has happened but help us to trust you.
Loving Lord, for those who have died, give them eternal rest
for those who are bereaved, comfort and console them
for those who are hurt, heal and strengthen them.
Lord God, enable us to help our suffering brothers
and sisters in whatever way we can.
Heavenly Father be with us now and always.
Diana Sutherland, CAFOD supporter
You can find more prayers and reflections at cafod.org.uk/pray.