It was Nepal's worst earthquake in 80 years, and the toll was devastating. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake April 25, 2015, was followed on May 12 by a 7.3 earthquake. The death toll was put at 8,944. 598,401 homes were destroyed, and 283,585 were damaged. Thousands of schools were destroyed or damaged. In all, 8 million people were affected.
UCC Disaster Ministries pledged $200,000 for construction of new, permanent, earthquake-resistant homes in Nepal. The UCC’s last installment of $50,000 was sent in 2018.
It's a gift that keeps on giving! UCC Disaster Ministries' investment of $200,000 built earthquake-resistant homes for 53 vulnerable families who survived the devastating 2015 earthquakes. Those families have already paid back $41,000, which has been used to build 22 more homes (as of 3/1/2019) (75 total). As funds continue to revolve, that number will grow!
Thanks to careful stewardship, the funds will complete more than 50 homes for some of the most vulnerable survivors of the two powerful earthquakes in 2015 that killed nearly 9,000 people and destroyed or damaged hundreds of thousands of homes. The work is in partnership with the Fuller Center for Housing.
In all, UCC Disaster Ministries has provided nearly $390,000 for earthquake recovery in Nepal. In addition to houses, funds have gone for immediate response; long-term livelihood recovery; water, sanitation, and hygiene, and psychosocial care.
What’s next? UCC Disaster Ministries expects to complete its earthquake recovery efforts in 2019 with the construction of another 8-10 homes.
Pictured: One of the 75 homes built so far with UCC Disaster Ministries funding
March 26, 2018 - UCC has met the goal! 50 new earthquake-resistant homes in Nepal
September 23, 2016 - UCC helps Nepali children, adults recover from post-quake PTSD
September 21, 2016 - In Nepal, restoring earthquake-devastated water systems
June 10, 2016 - How support for Nepal earthquake recovery touches lives
April 25, 2016 - UCC reaffirms commitment to Nepal earthquake recovery
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GIVE generously to support emergency relief and rebuilding efforts by clicking on the link to make a secure online donation. Donations may also be made out and sent directly to Wider Church Ministries, Financial Services - 6th Floor, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.
100% of funds designated for disaster relief to the United Church of Christ are used for disaster relief and rehabilitation programming.
Thank you for your prayers and support for those impacted by the earthquakes in Nepal.