Orphans and vulnerable children are at high risk for starvation, sickness, abuse, neglect and trafficking.
ORPHANS IN NEPAL ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS
As Nepal loses its place in the headlines, the cry for help only gets louder. Children are literally becoming orphans as you read this.
An estimated 1.7+ million children have been affected by the two devastating earthquakes that hit Nepal recently. Surpassing any known natural disaster in Nepal’s history, these earthquakes rattled the nation, claiming 8,500 lives, injuring far more, and leaving new orphans in its wake. And the death toll continues to climb.
WE NEED TO ACT NOW
Orphans and vulnerable children are at high risk for starvation, sickness, abuse, neglect and trafficking. More and more children are becoming orphans every day. Thousands of children are left to fend for themselves.
Reports from the ground are rushed and frantic.
STORIES OF DESPAIR AND NEED
40 orphans are sleeping outside in tents because their orphanage was badly damaged and is not safe. The monsoon rains are on the horizon, so this makeshift housing won’t be an option soon. Funds are needed to get these orphans into substantial shelter, provide food and water for them and keep them from the dangers of nature and strangers seeking to exploit them.
Reunification efforts are vital to the protection of children who have been separated from their parents. Every year, around 15,000 young girls are trafficked out of Nepal.
In the midst of chaos, stories are emerging of people disguising themselves as rescuers in an attempt to harvest children more easily into the Asia and Africa sex trade routes.
If families aren’t treated and provided with basic shelter, food and water access, disease will be the cause of many families torn apart and children orphaned.
The Kabi family (above) was forced to abandon their home because the walls and foundation had cracked. A few years ago, this remarkable family adopted 14 orphans who were living in caves. The Kabis and many other families who have adopted in Nepal are really suffering and are praying for support.
Disease is another issue. Cholera, dysentery, and other water-borne diseases are all feared to ravage the nation due to its susceptible state. If families aren’t treated and provided with basic shelter, food and water access, disease will be the cause of many families torn apart and children orphaned.
AS THE CRISIS IN NEPAL DEVELOPS, THE NUMBER OF ORPHANS AND CHILDREN AT RISK WILL CONTINUE TO GROW
Leaders are providing food, water, tin roofs, and other life-saving resources
A Family for Every Orphan has partnered with Christian leaders in Nepal and India, which has also been affected by the earthquake, who are working tirelessly to reach out to orphans and families in need. These Christian leaders make up the Nepal Without Orphans movement (NWO) from every region of Nepal.
Nepal Without Orphans works with many orphanages, churches and communities throughout Nepal and is focusing on family strengthening at this point. The highest needs after reunification of children with their family are food, water and medical care.
- Food funds for Christians in vulnerable areas especially where livestock has been killed
- Medical / Trauma attention given to children in orphanages and adoptive families
- Funds to begin restoring and building new structures for orphanages to transfer children into
- Distribution of mosquito nets, tin for roofing, and mattresses
- Reunification efforts to place children back with their families
Your gift today will go directly to help these efforts. Right now, will you pray for Nepal, consider giving to help, and share Nepal’s story alongside us?
Rohit and his new family are safe, but that’s not the reality for many children in Nepal. Will you help today?
We are encouraged to report that Rohit’s home is left intact and no one was harmed.