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Nepal: First an earthquake … then coronavirus … now landslide and flooding



  • July 15, 2020
Sam Campbell
Sam Campbell

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Thewang and his family faced hardship long before the coronavirus swept through Nepal. Five years ago, an earthquake rattled the country, toppling buildings and ruining farmland. It destroyed Thewang’s family home … forcing them to leave.

Now, they live in a temporary settlement in another village and are facing a new hardship: widespread lockdowns.

But they’re not the only ones. Families throughout Nepal and other developing countries are struggling now more than ever. The coronavirus has taken away many jobs, leaving people desperate for food and other essentials. Today, you can help provide critical aid like food, medical care, hygiene kits, and more to someone struggling to survive this pandemic.

And your donation now DOUBLES thanks to a matching gift!

Ever-changing lockdown restrictions have sent the people of Nepal on an emotional roller coaster since March. One week the government is easing restrictions … the next they’re back under strict regulation.

As of right now, Nepal’s lockdown is extended until at least July 22. But that could all change. It already has half a dozen times.

Only very limited business, activities, and transportation is allowed.

One reason for this latest extension is a recent surge in confirmed coronavirus cases. This small South Asian country — about the size of the state of Georgia — is reporting over 400 new cases every day. July 3 saw a staggering 740 cases! In an attempt to slow the spread of infection, borders remain closed. All flights are canceled. And most businesses are at a stand-still.

Despite restrictions, people are finding ways to illegally travel between borders. And it’s only adding fuel to the fire. The virus continues to spread from person to person.

“Lots of people are crossing borders and bringing the virus with them,” our Nepal partner said. “The number of cases added every day is creating more anxiety and worry in the lives of people.”

Thewang can’t help but be concerned right now. He and his wife are both visually impaired — practically blind — which means they’ve never been able to get jobs in a field or factory. Instead, they were going door to door selling soap throughout the village.

But the lockdown took away their only source of income. If lockdowns continue throughout the upcoming weeks, families like Thewang’s will continue to go without food.

The people of Nepal are still recovering from the earthquake of 2015. They’re still living in temporary shelters. And much of the soil is still filled with rocks and debris, making it completely unusable for gardens.

They can’t grow crops … and now they can’t buy food.

The people of Nepal are still recovering from the earthquake of 2015. They’re still living in temporary shelters. And much of the soil is still filled with rocks and debris, making it completely unusable for gardens.

They can’t grow crops … and now they can’t buy food.

“Our biggest need is still to feed the neediest of families,” our Nepal partner said. “We have literally seen several people die in the hospital because of food shortage.”

But the devastation doesn’t stop there. Just a few days ago, another natural disaster wiped through Nepali villages.

“While we’ve been working on COVID-19 response, literally reaching and serving thousands of needy families, Nepal has been facing another disaster of flood and landslide,” our partner said.

As of now, our partners confirmed 45 people have died. Houses are washed away. Bridges collapsed. And many families are still searching through the sludge and marred terrain for missing loved ones.

It seems the people of Nepal are taking one beating after another. First the earthquake in 2015 … then the coronavirus … and now landslides and flooding. These people have been battered, and they desperately need help.

Today, you can help someone in an impoverished community around the world who is fighting for his or her life. You can help provide essentials like nutritious food, clean water, hygiene kits, and more to someone like Thewang who is out of options. You’ll also bring hope during this global pandemic. And thanks to the matching gift pledged by World Help Board members, every dollar you give will DOUBLE up to $300,000.

For just $8, you can now help rescue TWO people in need around the world!

Your doubled gift will also help erase a projected budget shortfall. The coronavirus pandemic pulled the plug on many of this year’s fundraising events … funds needed to support our global programs. But when you give, you’ll help ensure people around the globe continue to receive the help they need.

As life slowly drifts back to normal, remember someone else is still struggling to make it through this difficult time. Poverty was already hard enough … but now he or she is at a breaking point.

Will you help rescue 2X as many people before it’s too late?

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