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Nepal Earthquake Relief
The Salvation Army Continues Distribution and Considers Camp Management Role
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The Salvation Army's emergency team in Nepal is distributing relief materials and is working in camps that have been set up for people who have lost their homes and also in previously unreached communities.
 
Some of the main initial work is taking place in and around the capital, Kathmandu. The team has received official permission to work in Durbar Square Camp, which currently hosts approximately 1,200 survivors (100 families). The team provided food and water packets to families who had lived in camp since the earthquake.
 
The Salvation Army has been asked by the CCCM (camp coordination and camp management) cluster if it would consider taking on camp management responsibilities for one or more camps. The cluster lead knows some International Emergency Services team members who worked in Haiti and remembers their involvement in the management of a large camp in Port-au-Prince.
 
An assessment team has now returned from a three-day trip to Sindhupalchok, where it visited eight villages, none of which were accessible by road. The team reported that around 90 per cent of the houses in the areas are damaged, and the potato harvest is still a couple of months away, so the most urgent needs are for food and shelter. 
 
With this knowledge in hand, a distribution is planned for Friday 8 May. A total of 225 families from four villages in Sindhupalchok will be given food (rice, dhaal, oil and salt), tarpaulins and ropes. The other four can only be reached by helicopter, which the team is now trying to arrange. Assessment visits are still taking place – this time on the outskirts of Kathmandu.
 
Support for The Salvation Army's response continues to pour in from around the world. FedEx, the international delivery and distribution company, has donated US$50,000 to The Salvation Army's disaster response in Nepal. “Monetary support of this kind not only goes toward providing relief immediately following a disaster, but allows us to serve long after to make sure that communities are rebuilt. Our efforts in Nepal will likely span the coming months and even years,” said Lieut-Colonel William Mockabee, Executive Director of The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO).
 
One piece of particularly good news from Nepal is that The Salvation Army's cafe/beauty salon, “Sisters”, has been able to reopen. The cafe and beauty salon provides training and income to women who might otherwise not be able to find employment. The reopening of the venture is seen as a great answer to prayer, after Salvationists and friends from around the world prayed for the project during last week's Worldwide Prayer Meeting.
 
The Salvation Army in Nepal
In 2009, The Salvation Army started its services in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. We are now operating a corps (church), a community development centre and a café for skills and business programmes. More than 200 people are served by The Salvation Army. 

 

Food distribution preparation.
Around 90 per cent of the h...