Nepal Update

Within a week of the earthquake mass cremations were taking place, with the stench of death emanating from collapsed houses where bodies were still trapped in the rubble. Livestock, food grains and family members were buried under great piles of rock; grocery stores, workshops and livelihoods were destroyed. The risk of the spread of disease was high and people were drinking dirty water and didn’t have enough to eat.

The Church of Ireland gave generously to the Nepal Appeal and €101,180 and £58,946 were released to Christian Aid and Tearfund partners enabling them to provide lifesaving support such as shelter, food, water and medicine.

Here we see Leela, whose home was swept away in a landslide and who is being supported to rebuild.


The Initial Appeal is below:

The Situation:

On Saturday 25th April 2016, a powerful earthquake hit Nepal, leaving devastation in its wake. Bishops’ Appeal immediately became a conduit for any funds donated for rescue and relief efforts. Archbishop Richard and Archbishop Michael then elevated this response to a Major Emergency Appeal.

Currently over 4,300 people are dead with that figure estimated to rise to 10,000 as entire villages remain unreachable at this time. Thousands of injured people line the streets as buildings are either demolished or unstable and hospitals inundated.

Information is still coming in from the major cities, and rural areas near the epicentre have been completely cut off by avalanches. In some areas near Gorkha, it is estimated that 80% of households have been destroyed or severely damaged.

The Government of Nepal has declared a state of Emergency.

The Response:

Bishops’ Appeal has released £10,000 and has directed these funds towards search and rescue efforts, the setting up of makeshift medical centres, water purification and shelter. All funds channelled through Bishops’ Appeal will be in support of the invaluable efforts of Christian Aid and Tearfund partners in the most affected areas of Nepal.

Bishop Patrick, Chairperson of Bishops’ Appeal states: ‘We urge individuals, parishes and dioceses to give generously to help the eight million people who have been affected by the earthquake. We pray that those responding on the ground gain access to the resources that they need to bring hope and healing.’

Bishop Patrick also requests that donations to the earthquake victims are given over and above general giving to Bishops’ Appeal so that other impoverished communities do not suffer at this time due to redirected funds.

Christian Aid have highlighted that as little as £5 or €6.85 can provide a hygiene kit and £100 or €137 can provide a waterproof temporary shelter for 4 families.

Donations can be sent to: Bishops’ Appeal, Church of Ireland House, Church Avenue, Rathmines, Dublin 6.

Electronic donations can be made to Bishops’ Appeal Euro or Sterling accounts with the word ‘Nepal’ in the subject line. If you wish to receive an acknowledgement of funds donated, please email: Bank details can be found on our website

Thank you for your support.

Additional Information:

Christian Aid has estimated the costs of getting different items to people in need:

People need immediate help with food, clean water, warm clothes, blankets, hygiene kits and emergency shelter.

Item Cost £ Cost €
Plastic mugs for a family of 5 £0.85 €1.16
Two cooked meals for one person staying in a relief camp £1 €1.37
100 purification tablets £1.75 €2.40
One Woollen blanket £2 €2.74
15 litre bucket for storing water £3 €4.11
Emergency hygiene kit (soap, toothpaste etc.) £5 €6.85
Blankets for ten people £13 €17.81
Bedding set (Inc. blankets, mats, beds, mosquito nets) £15 €20.55
Waterproof temporary shelter for a family of five £25 €34.25
Cooking utensils for one family £35 €47.95
Two cooked meals for 50 people/ 10 families in a relief camp £50 €68.50
Waterproof temporary shelter for four families £100 €137
Water resistant tent for one family £150 €205.50