As the people of Nepal mark the first anniversary today of the most devastating earthquake to hit their small country in more than 80 years, the United Church of Christ is reaffirming its long-term commitment to help survivors put their lives back together.
"Last week, we approved an additional $50,000 to take us one step closer to meeting our goal of building 50 earthquake resistant homes," said Zach Wolgemuth, UCC Disaster Ministries. "We will continue to support the work of all our partners, including those engaged in providing things like shelter, psychosocial support, livelihood restoration and WASH [water and sanitation services]."
On April 25, 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Nepal, killing more than 8,800 people, wiping out some 598,000 homes and damaging 283,500 more. That quake, along with several powerful aftershocks, touched the lives of 8 million people –– more than one-fourth of Nepal’s entire population.