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.