Relief to Nepal quake victims - Irish donations to aid agencies nearly 4 million euro

20 may 2015

DÓCHAS

The Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations

PRESS RELEASE

20th May 2015

Relief to Nepal quake victims

Irish donations to aid agencies nearly 4 million euro

Dóchas, the Irish association of non-governmental development organisations, today revealed that three weeks on from the devastating earthquake which struck Nepal on April 25th, donations to relief efforts in Nepal are being supported generously by people in Ireland.

A Dóchas survey of NGOs in Ireland shows that, collectively, they have received nearly 4 million euro to date through public donations to the relief effort in Nepal. Figures released by Dóchas show that donations to Irish aid agencies since the earthquake (up to May 15th) are in the region of 3,895,237 euro. This number is set to rise in the coming weeks, as donations continue to come in.

Irish aid agencies are supplying much needed shelter, food supplies, sanitation, medical services and psychosocial support to people in the affected regions as they continue to grapple with the aftermath of two devastating earthquakes. Many of these organisations are working with local and international partners to co-ordinate an effective humanitarian response operation. A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal's capital Kathmandu and its surrounding areas on 25 April. It was followed by a large number of aftershocks, including one that measured 7.3 on 12 May, which caused further devastation and further intensified the relief effort required. To date, approximately 8 million people have been affected and an estimated 1.4 million people are in urgent need of food and assistance.

“Once again, the people of Ireland have shown tremendous generosity in the face of human suffering. However, there is still a long way to go. Vital funds are needed to provide the necessary supports in Nepal and we encourage the Irish population to reach out and give what they can to help,” said Hans Zomer, Director of Dóchas.

“Irish aid agencies have responded to a large number of major earthquakes over the years, and their collective experience is now being brought to bear in Nepal. Irish aid agencies are providing emergency food and shelter to people who have lost their homes and loved ones, and we are talking to community leaders to make sure our assistance has the biggest possible impact,” continued Zomer.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

·         Visit www.howyoucanhelp.ie for more information on the Irish aid organisations supporting relief efforts in Nepal.  

·         The figure of 3,895,237 euro relates to the public funds raised by Irish NGOs who are on the ground in Nepal and have issued appeals for public funds.

·         This figure does not include money provided through Irish Aid funding.

·         The figure was reached through a survey of Dóchas members and relates to the funds raised up until the 15th May 2015.

·         Dochas is the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations. See www.dochas.ie for a full list of members and for further information.