I try to keep our newsletters to once a month but there are times when circumstances dictate engagement now! The flooding in Nepal has been devastating and there is an urgent need for action. An action that will show, once again, that making a difference is not just about governments. We too matter as individuals, and it is the deeply rooted kindness and compassion of the American people that reflects best who we are as a nation.
The tragic flooding we are seeing in Nepal is, sadly, an almost annual occurrence, one that we can help people to prepare for with education. That sort of multi-hazard risk reduction and education is at the heart of the Soarway Mission. Please help us to make a difference that matters.
As a result of the flooding over 135 lives have now been lost. One-third of Nepal has been flooded and 6 million people have been affected. Well over 100,000 people are displaced and thousands of homes have been destroyed our severely damaged by floodwaters. Huge numbers of Nepalis are at risk of disease, hunger, and death. Hundreds of schools are damaged or closed as are over 500 small and medium-scale industries. 80% of farmland was underwater at the height of the flooding with devastating effects on crops in the field. Economic losses will be measured in billions of rupees. Although the waters have begun to recede more rain is possible and landslides are a danger across the country.
This is fast becoming one of the most serious humanitarian crises the region has seen in many years, according to humanitarian agencies, and they have issued a call for urgent action to meet the growing needs of millions of people affected (in South Asia by these devastating floods.
We can help, and we will. To ensure that assistance goes to those who need the help and that it goes quickly, we will identify recipients that can support communities-in-need directly or we will partner with organizations working in direct support of those communities. We will work with accountable and transparent partners who are making a difference and who we know will not misuse or misdirect our funds.
But just as importantly, we will set aside 20% of funds raised to support those who are working to ensure that we do not face this again next year and the next and the next.
Help people in need today and help prevent the need to do it again every year! Your tax deductible donation will go to support both flood victims and ongoing flood mitigation efforts to help communities prepare for and be safer from the challenges of Mother Nature. Engage Nepal. Donate today!
US Ambassador (ret'd)