Following the devastating earthquake in Nepal, water is scarce, there is an outbreak of diseases and the people are suffering from cold and fear. The Zumtobel Group’s management board has donated EUR 10,000 to the international humanitarian organisation CARE to support relief operations in the disaster area.
According to initial estimates there are at least one million people who urgently need help. Many roads remain blocked, bridges have been destroyed and villages made inaccessible. As well as recovering victims buried under the rubble and medical care for the injured, the most urgent need is for clean drinking water, food, blankets and emergency shelter.
The international humanitarian organisation CARE distributes CARE packages to people affected. At the moment, 7,500 people in Nepal are being provided with relief supplies such as food, plastic sheeting, water purification tablets, mattresses and blankets as well as hygiene articles. More CARE packages are being distributed in Gorkha, a rural area near the epicentre which up to now has received barely any aid. The distribution operations have already begun there as well. It is estimated that around 80 per cent of homes have been destroyed.
For 35 euros, CARE can provide a family with a food package which will last them one week. 50 euros will secure clean drinking water for six families and 200 euros will pay for emergency shelter for one family.
With its financial contribution, the Zumtobel Group would like to express its solidarity with the earthquake victims in Nepal.
“Every contribution helps. Along with other organisations on the ground, CARE ensures that our help gets to the people in Nepal,”
said Natalie Kreutzer, the Zumtobel Group’s coordinator for corporate social responsibility, when presenting the donation to Eva Brunner from CARE Austria WEST.
CARE has been working in Nepal since 1978, above all in the areas of food security, HIV/aids, health, education, water and sanitation, and empowering women and girls. The organisation has more than six decades of experience in disaster reduction, disaster relief and reconstruction. In 2014, CARE was able to provide emergency and reconstruction aid for more than four million people in 40 countries.
Photos: Distribution of CARE packages (continuously updated: https://www.flickr.com/photos/careoesterreich/sets/72157652258325195/
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