Donor Generosity Helps Thousands in Nepal Since April 25 Earthquake

American Leprosy Missions’ donors have helped support thousands of people in Nepal since an earthquake of 7.9 magnitude struck two months ago.

Zinc roof sheets are carried to a remote village destroyed by the earthquake.

Zinc roof sheets are carried to a remote village destroyed by the earthquake.

On April 25, 2015, the first of two major earthquakes hit Nepal causing widespread devastation. Donors’ gifts were mobilized to provide free medical care, counseling, shelter, food and other emergency aid for some of the most marginalized people.

“American Leprosy Missions has served the most vulnerable people in Nepal since 1982 – in villages, through self-help groups and at our two partner hospitals,” said Bill Simmons, President and CEO of American Leprosy Missions. “Since April 25, our local staff and partners have ensured that the needs of people affected by leprosy and other disabilities, the very poor and other marginalized groups are not overlooked during this crisis.”

Simmons also thanked the many people who have contributed to American Leprosy Missions’ earthquake response.

“Our partners on the ground continue to put in an amazing effort, despite many having suffered damage to their own homes. And, of course, we are extremely thankful to the hundreds of American Leprosy Missions supporters who have donated to help fund our partners’ emergency and recovery work. This generosity is deeply appreciated by all those in need.”

Partners’ Key Earthquake Relief and Recovery Efforts:

  • 4,625 households have received emergency food and non-food items.
  • 407 earthquake-affected people have received treatment at Anandaban Hospital, our partner near the capital city Kathmandu. This has included major and minor surgeries, physiotherapy, treatment and assistive devices.
  • 1,555 people affected by the earthquakes have been treated at 15 emergency medical camps conducted in eight districts.
  • 429 people have received counseling.
  • 2,035 tarps have been distributed to people affected by earthquakes.