Students at Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy have launched a fund-raising appeal for the victims of the Nepal earthquake. Each year group will be collecting change in boxes during lunchtimes and the money will be donated to CAFOD’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
It is now 13 days since a devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake impacted Nepal and surrounding countries. The Nepal government reports 7,652 people have died and 16,392 are injured. Almost 280,000 homes have been destroyed with a further 237,000 homes damaged. Altogether some 8 million people are affected in 39 of Nepal’s 75 districts.
Student Olivia (right), said: “Lots of people have died and others have lost their families and won’t have any shelter and they will be alone. Anything that we can do to help is a good thing.”
Joan McCarthy, head teacher at Saint John Houghton CVA, said the whole school wanted to offer its support to those affected by the earthquake. She said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this disaster and as soon as we heard about it we decided to launch a fund-raising appeal. Our students reacted quickly and they are already working hard to raise money for what is a very important cause.”
CAFOD is working closely with Caritas Nepal, as part of Caritas Internationalis, the worldwide network of catholic relief and development agencies.
The Caritas network’s first priority is providing temporary shelter (tarpaulins and blankets) for the most marginalised and affected families. The second priority is the distribution of water, hygiene and sanitation materials. People have salvaged some of their food from their dilapidated houses and Caritas Nepal will provide food for them when reserves run out. Together with the relief materials, Caritas is also providing trauma counselling in some locations.
Following this immediate emergency response stage, the Caritas network will continue a strong partnership of solidarity with Caritas Nepal and the affected families, supporting them to rebuild lives, restore livelihoods and strengthen communities.
Thank you to all those school and parishes across the diocese who have put plans in place to fundraise for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal