Climate & Disaster Relief

Getting help to people as soon as disaster strikes

The geography of Nepal makes it prone to unpredictable disasters – earthquakes, storms, floods and landslides. People may lose homes, livelihoods, or loved ones. So, when the worst happens, we want to be able to respond quickly to help people in need. The Disaster Relief Fund enables INF and our partners in Nepal to save precious time and get help where it’s most needed straight away.

HELPING PEOPLE REBUILD THEIR LIVES

Thanks to people like you, we have been able to respond immediately to crises, sending medical teams, food and hygiene packs to communities hardest hit. Your support means we can help people get back to normality as soon as possible – then work with them to rebuild lives and forge better futures.

A gift of £15 could provide a sanitation and hygiene kit for a family, helping them to protect themselves against waterborne diseases.

A gift of £61 could buy a family recovery pack, including clothes, mosquito nets, cooking utensils, a small gas cooker and practical hygiene and sanitation supplies.

EXAMPLES OF HOW DISASTER RELIEF FUNDS HAVE HELPED in the past

March 2019

Nepal’s first Tornado destroys homes and kills at least 35 people. The storm swept across the Bara and Parsa districts on 31 March. The whirlwind razed rows of buildings, trees and electricity poles. It blocked roads and left villages without electricity or means of communication. Homes of those who could afford to build with concrete have survived. But families who were only able to build with stone, mud, and bamboo have lost everything.

July 2018

A landslide in the middle of the night swept away a Dalit village leaving one child dead and many homes destroyed. Money from the Disaster Relief Fund was released so that a local church organisation could provide emergency food rations, hygiene materials, mattresses and blankets straight away, showing the love of God in a very practical way.

August 2017

Continuous heavy rains caused landslides in the hills and massive floods in the terai (plains), killing dozens of people. Thousands of homes were submerged and hundreds of animals swept away by the torrent, which also trapped police rescue teams and disrupted healthcare services. Supporters’ donations meant INF could respond immediately to keep people safe, warm and well-fed.

July 2017

Severe monsoon rains caused flooding across many parts of Nepal including areas where there are INF projects. Dozens of people were killed and thousands left homeless. INF’s disaster response team coordinated with the Nepal Government, churches and other local organisations to provide emergency relief, including food for over 600 families.

November 2015

In a remote part of Kapilvastu 15 families [88 people], lost their homes in a fire. They not only lost the roofs over their heads but also their food, clothing, cooking equipment, and money. INF stepped in. Staff replaced the supplies lost in the disaster. INF/UK was immediately able to commit to funding whatever help was needed, from the Disaster Relief Fund because of previous donations from supporters.

April 2015

A massive earthquake shook Nepal, killing thousands of people and causing devastation across large parts of the country. Within a few hours, INF had flown doctors into the affected regions. But it was clear that long term help would be needed. Over the past four years INF has funded the rebuilding of homes and health posts, as well as providing emergency relief supplies.

Your support can help get emergency relief and supplies to families and communities

Whether that’s food, shelter or medical care. But our help doesn’t stop there. Often it takes a long time for communities to rebuild, and INF is committed to walking with people every step of the way. Your support makes the vital long-term rehabilitation work possible. INF works in areas for as long as is needed to see individuals and families living safe and healthy lives.

Through training and equipping, the Disaster Relief Fund also helps communities to be better prepared to face future disasters.