As Nepal’s monsoon season approaches, the need for life-saving humanitarian assistance is even more urgent. Since the first earthquake on April 25, the World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed food to over 1.7 million people. An estimated 8,658 people have lost their lives and at least 16,808 people have been injured in the double earthquakes. Some 70,000 houses were destroyed and another 530,000 homes damaged across 39 of Nepal’s 75 districts. Millions of people are in need of food and shelter assistance, especially with the impeding heavy rains and landslides.
WFP’s Emergency Response Operations for the next 3 months:
1. Emergency Food Assistance to Populations Affected by the Earthquake in Nepal
2. Provisions of Humanitarian Air Services in Nepal
3. Logistics and Telecommunications Augmentation and Coordination
The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. WFP has worked closely with the Nepalese government, local communities, and NGOs since 1964. Prior to the earthquakes, WFP already had over 130 staff members in Nepal for its 2015 targeted assistance programs, providing School Meals and supporting crucial community infrastructure works with Food for Assets. Since the earthquakes, WFP’s emergency response has included providing logistic services for the entire humanitarian community, such as building infrastructure for cargo storage and transportation. WFP also provides emergency telecommunications services for aid organizations to facilitate the overall humanitarian coordination. To reach those living in remote, high-altitude areas, WFP is partnering with porters and an elite team of mountain climbers through “Operation Mountain Express.”
The Nepalese government has asked WFP to leverage our knowledge and experience to distribute food to the most remote parts of Nepal with the goal of reaching a total of 1.9 million people over the next three months. WFP still urgently needs donations to continue providing life-saving assistance to the victims of the earthquake and help re-establish food security among the most vulnerable populations.
Contact Isabel Burchard at Isabel.Burchard@wfp.org
Cash Donations (currently no need for in-kind donations)