A Kettering woman who recently returned from Nepal is appealing for people to donate to help those affected by the recent devastating earthquake.
Chloe Jones was in the Dolakha region, 160km east of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, for three months working with Restless Development in partnership with local NGO Community Environment Education Public Awareness and Rural Development (CEEPARD).
Although she returned to the UK three weeks ago she knows staff, volunteers and Nepali residents who are still in the country and have been affected by the devastating earthquake of April 25.
Chloe said: “Thankfully, we returned safely from the country, and on the morning of April 28 all Restless Development staff and our fellow Nepali volunteers were confirmed safe.
“However, others have not been so lucky and our friends, students, and host families have had their houses and schools destroyed. They are living outside and in tents with little water and no electricity, fearing another earthquake.
“The people in the most remote areas of Nepal are particularly vulnerable and hard to reach. Dolakha has poor transport links and is highly susceptible to landslides.
Our friends, students, and host families have had their houses and schools destroyed. They are living outside and in tents with little water and no electricity, fearing another earthquake.Chloe Jones
“The largest aftershock at 6.7 was in the region, only adding to the devastation caused by the initial earthquake; 90 per cent of buildings in Dolakha are thought to have been destroyed.
“I was staying in a village called Namdu and received a message from one of the grade nine students I taught while out there saying ‘Some Namdu’s people houses are down and died... My family are safe but I have suffering from small accident to earthquake’. Another volunteer received this message from their village which read: ‘My family is OK but all house has been collapsed and we all are standing out at the ground. Many people are died at Nepal. All houses are finished here... very very sad’.
“Restless Development is already working in the affected areas within Kathmandu. Just one example is the country director of Restless Development Nepal, Ravindra, who has spent the last 24 hours coordinating the emergency response without reception or electricity for long periods; helping rescue efforts in local buildings; promoting a blood donation drive; and sheltering 120 people in his compound overnight.
“We are devastated to hear that Dolakha has been badly affected by the earthquake and so we are raising money for Restless Development, who, with the help of their partner NGO CEEPAARD (based in Dolakha), will distribute donations in the areas where they are needed the most.
“Importantly, CEEPAARD and Restless are well-established in Dolakha and so will be there to maintain support in the region, after many of the emergency relief organisations pull out.
“Please donate to our cause, and help Restless Development and CEEPAARD make a big difference. We have set up a Facebook page where we are trying to boost awareness of what is happening in the more rural areas of Nepal and share our stories!
“Please could you like and share the page RestlessToHelpNepal to help spread awareness.”