In the wake of a second earthquake to hit Nepal, JEWISHcolorado announces that its Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund continues to collection donations to to assist rescue and aid operations.
Two and a half weeks after the catastrophic 7.8 earthquake took thousands of lives in Nepal on April 25, the already-traumatized Nepalese people were affected by yet another large scale quake.
On May 12, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, resulting in additional injuries and fatalities in Nepal, India, and China.?Just as residents were trying to return to normalcy, tremors set off landslides, buildings collapsed and houses were damaged.
Last months earthquake left more than 8,000 people dead, over 14,000 injured and hundreds of thousands homeless. There was already a substantial lack of supplies and materials available to relief workers prior to the new quake. According to the UN, only 13 percent has been raised of the $423 million needed to help Nepal recover from the April quake.
Soon after the earthquake struck, JEWISHcolorado and the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) joined the relief effort to provide critical assistance.
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In addition, our partner agencies at the Israel Defense Forces, IsraAID and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) were among the first on the ground responding to the crisis.
JEWISHcolorado has raised over $21,000 to date. The funds raised will help support Israel in sending an IDF delegation to conduct search and rescue operations. This delegation set up a fully functioning field hospital with operating rooms, X-ray equipment and pediatric care, treating more than 700 patients. Trained rescue and medical personnel also brought 90 tons of equipment and medical supplies. At the same time, JDC supplied two neonatal incubators for the IDF field hospital and sent urgently needed supplies to Nepal.
Our hearts go out to the people of Nepal as they struggle to recover and rebuild, said JEWISHcolorado president and CEO Doug Seserman. Once again, our community along with Jews across the globe responded quickly with an outpouring of support and demonstrated the true meaning of tikkun olam, to repair the world.
JEWISHcolorado will continue to collect donations for assistance through its Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund at JEWISHcolorado.org. All funds raised are allocated to relief efforts.