Images of Nepal: After the Earthquake
Nepal’s capital city, Kathmandu, sits in the foothills of the famous Mount Everest and its sister mountains in the Himalayas. Earthquakes are a fact of life here, on the spot where two tectonic plates grind against each other below the surface. Still, most people weren’t prepared for the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the Kathmandu valley on April 25, devastating lives and entire communities.
Common scenes include people combing through the rubble to try to find anything of value they can salvage.
Across the country of Nepal, the Church of the Nazarene has more than 300 churches and church plants – mostly small congregations, making a total of more than 8,000 members. A Nazarene disaster response team, made of church leadership, volunteers, and Nazarene Compassionate Ministries staff, started working immediately to assess needs and create a plan for providing food, water, and shelter to affected communities.
The earthquake has left more than 1.7 million children at risk for severe malnutrition. In addition, the lack of clean water has also left children vulnerable to cholera and other water-related diseases.
In Nepal, the church’s focus has always been on meeting both the spiritual and physical needs of people, especially children. NCM in Nepal uses a child-focused community development model that starts with child development centers and then works to improve children’s overall situations by working with parents through food security projects, nutrition training, and small business development. The church will continue to minister to children in need both through emergency relief and long-term holistic child development.
The road to recovery for families and communities in areas affected by the earthquake will be long. Still, even in the midst of devastation, there are signs of life and a hopeful resiliency can be seen among the people of Nepal.
Pray for the churches in Nepal as they seek to walk alongside communities during these difficult days.
To learn more or to support the church’s response in Nepal: ncm.org/nepal