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Scotland's response to the Nepal Earthquakes

May 2015

In the aftermath of April's earthquake in Nepal, Christian Aid Scotland joined with the other agencies of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to launch an appeal to respond to the needs of the millions of people affected by the devastation. 

Child at DEC Nepal Earthquake appeal launch  

As we stood alongside members of Scotland's Nepalese community at the DEC appeal launch in Edinburgh, the Scottish Government donated £250,000 to kickstart the appeal.

Since then, funds raised through the DEC appeal and Christian Aid's own appeal have helped scale up efforts to reach more of the estimated 8 million people who have had their homes damaged or destroyed and who are in desperate need of food, water, shelter and medical care.

Christian Aid is responding through our local partners on the ground - providing temporary shelter, emergency supplies, and distributing water purification kits.

Generous response

Here in Scotland, the response has been very generous, with many Christian Aid supporters organising collections or events to support our appeal.

Recently, the Disasters Emergency Committee named Edinburgh and Glasgow as two of the top three most generous cities in terms of support for that appeal – second and third respectively behind London in first place.

Christian Aid would like to thank everyone who has supported the people of Nepal, through fundraising and prayer. We would not be in a position to help affected communities without you. Rebuilding in Nepal will go on for quite some time, so your continued support will make a big difference.

Moderators' Munro Challenge

Special thanks must be said to those who took to the hills, not only to mark Christian Aid's 70th anniversary as part of the 70 Munros challenge, but specifically to stand in solidarity with the people of Nepal and to raise funds for the relief effort.

Rt Rev John Chalmers and Rachel Hutcheson on top of Ben Lomond

On Saturday 2 May, the outgoing Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend John Chalmers, and the National Youth Assembly Moderator, Rachel Hutcheson, called upon Scots to join them in the 'Moderators' Munro Challenge'.

We were delighted that over 80 people responded to this call, climbing a number of different Munros in one day and raising over £20,000 so far for Christian Aid's appeal. What a show of support!

Responding to emergencies

You can find out more about Christian Aid's disaster response in Nepal, and read the stories of some of those affected, on our Nepal Earthquake appeal webpages, where you'll also be able to donate to the appeal and find prayers to use at home or at church.

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