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Little things that help people keep going

A tarpaulin to provide a roof over your head. A blanket to keep your children warm at night. A nurse to treat the foot you broke a month ago. Drinking water that won't make you sick.

Friday June 19, 2015

Family under tarpaulin
Prabhati and her family. Photo: IFRC/Paula Bronstein

This is all families in Nepal can look forward to right now.  

Red Cross is working to provide emergency shelter for 100,000 families and health services for 40,000 families.  Please help by donating today to our Nepal Region Earthquake Appeal.  

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit in April, and its multiple aftershocks, have affected 5.6 million people and destroyed 542,000 homes. Entire villages were reduced to rubble.  

And yet, signs of Nepalese tenacity and resilience are everywhere.  

In Chautara, 25-year-old mum Prabati expects her twins to be born under a tarp. She and her growing family are sharing their space with eight other families because their homes are no longer safe to live in.

Meanwhile, a unique community in Kathmandu has rallied together to cope with the earthquake.  

Many members of LGBTI group The Blue Diamond Society have been ostracised by their relatives, so they have formed their own unique family in Kathmandu.  

Since the earthquake, transgender members have found it difficult to find a safe place to shelter. Red Cross has been able to help this tight-knit community to cope by providing tarpaulins, tents and oral rehydration sachets, supporting them to create their own safe space.  

Jess Letch was in Nepal as a gender and protection advisor with Australian Red Cross.  

"There's a long road ahead for many families affected by this crisis," she says. "Red Cross and the humanitarian community is only a small part of that process.  

"We can provide tarpaulins, shelter tool kit, water and sanitation - things that can ease the initial effects of the crisis - but it's the communities themselves who are going to be rebuilding and reconstructing their lives and their country."  

More about the Nepal earthquake response

Photo: IFRC/Paula Bronstein