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Three Months Later: Red Cross Recovery Efforts Ongoing in Nepal

  • Earthquake survivors counts the Rs 15,000 in cash (about $150 USD) given by the Nepal Red Cross in Sindhuli. Monica Shah/American Red Cross
    Earthquake survivors counts the Rs 15,000 in cash (about $150 USD) given by the Nepal Red Cross in Sindhuli. Monica Shah/American Red Cross
  • Nepal Red Cross staff provides shelter orientation to earthquake survivors
    Nepal Red Cross staff provides shelter orientation to earthquake survivors prior to receiving cash and kits during the first day of distribution in Sindhuli. Monica Shah/American Red Cross
  • Earthquake survivor receives blankets from a Nepal Red Cross volunteer in Sindhuli
    Earthquake survivor receives blankets from a Nepal Red Cross volunteer in Sindhuli. Monica Shah/American Red Cross
  • Maldivian Red Crescent and Regional Disaster Response Team Moosa Shifaz demonstrates wire cutting
    Maldivian Red Crescent and Regional Disaster Response Team Moosa Shifaz demonstrates wire cutting as part of an emergency shelter building training for Nepal Scouts. Niki Clark/IFRC
  • Eliza Cheung, a clinical psychologist working the Japanese Red Cross Emergency Relief Unit in Melamchi
    Eliza Cheung, a clinical psychologist working the Japanese Red Cross Emergency Relief Unit in Melamchi, to teach affected families about the critical role mental health plays following a traumatic experience such the earthquake. Niki Clark/IFRC
  • Students from five local schools in Melamchi practice fixing broken bones.
    Students from five local schools in Melamchi practice fixing broken bones. The Red Cross is teaching basic first aid – treating broken bones and open wounds – as well as addressing psychological first aid and unseen wounds.
With the cash provided by the Red Cross, I will be able to buy bamboo for temporary shelter...

Three months after a devastating earthquake struck Nepal, the American Red Cross, with the global Red Cross network, continues to provide emergency humanitarian assistance for millions of people in need.

Emergency Relief In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, the American Red Cross responded quickly to provide the people of Nepal with vital relief items and today, is still on the ground, helping people recover. These relief items include shelter materials, hygiene kits, drinking water, blankets and health care supplies.

Over the past three months, more than 36 American Red Cross disaster specialists have deployed to Nepal to support the Nepal Red Cross with response activities ranging from emergency relief to distributing cash to those impacted, while also helping the country plan its recovery. As of July 1, the American Red Cross and our Red Cross partners have distributed as many as 7,500 cash grants to people in Nepal and will distribute additional grants to thousands more people in the weeks to come.

The American Red Cross is also providing IT and telecommunications support, as well as remote mapping and information management to help relief workers on the ground target where support is needed.

Shelter Support With monsoon season underway, people in remote hilltop villages and mountainous areas remain extremely vulnerable. Many communities face months of severe rain, flooding and potential landslides, and remote villages could become completely cut off. Tens of thousands of families whose homes were damaged or destroyed will need temporary shelter as well as financial support to get back into their homes.

To help, the American Red Cross and the Red Cross global network are providing thousands of families with shelter toolkits and cash grants to assist victims in need of better shelter. The shelter toolkits contain items such as handsaws, nails, wire, hammers, and shovels. The Red Cross is also showing people how to use these tools.

“With the cash provided by the Red Cross, I will be able to buy bamboo for temporary shelter,” said Kamala Pariyar, a resident of Sindhuli District who lost her home in the earthquake. “The instructions provided on shelter building as well as the shelter kit will also be very helpful for me.”

In the weeks and months ahead, the American Red Cross and its global partners will continue to help earthquake survivors on the road to recovery thanks to the generosity of donors and volunteers.

Learn more about the ongoing American Red Cross earthquake response in Nepal.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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