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Nepal Region Earthquake Appeal

Red Cross has reached 620,000 people with emergency help since an earthquake of 7.8 magnitude devastated Nepal on 25 April.

Our Nepal Earthquake Appeal is now closed. We are immensely grateful for the generosity of the Australian community, who raised $13.1 million to provide humanitarian aid support for families affected by the earthquake in Nepal.

The Nepal earthquake and Red Cross response

An earthquake of 7.8 magnitude struck Nepal on 25 April 2015, followed by a number of aftershocks. The disaster claimed over 8,800 lives and reduced whole towns and villages to rubble.

Nepal Red Cross was providing first aid and evacuating people to safety since the first hours of the earthquake. Since then, an International Red Cross Red Crescent relief operation has provided:

  • 111,000 tarpaulins to shelter more than 555,000 people
  • health care for 75,000 people - from first aid to medical treatment and psychological support 
  • 35,000 cash grants to support 175,120 people  
  • 27,820 relief kits to support 139,000 people 
  • 3.7 million  litres of clean water  

Australian Red Cross aid workers with expertise in shelter, health care, mental health, water and sanitation, gender and child protection have been part of the Red Cross Red Crescent international response team.

Priorities in the coming months:
Red Cross will work to rebuild health posts, restore water and sanitation facilities and help families and communities become more resilient to future disasters. We will support people's efforts to build safer homes and earn a living.

News from Nepal

23 October 2015 Learning how to build back safely
Six months on from the Nepal earthquake, Red Cross is training carpenters in earthquake-resistant building techniques.

30 September 2015 Kids
This episode of our How Aid Works podcast looks at how the Nepal earthquake changed children's lives and how we can protect children in disasters.

24 July 2015 Making do with small mercies
Sleeping within patched-up walls under tarpaulin roofs, cooking their meals in donated pots, Nepalese families are living through their toughest monsoon yet.

21 July 2015 Stories from the field
Supporting Nepal's most vulnerable families as they rebuild and recover

4 June 2015 Tears, fear and hope for Nepal
Australia's Nepalese community bands together to support their families

22 May 'Please tell the world we are here'
Red Cross teams reach a town reduced to rubble by two successive earthquakes

13 May  Red Cross teams treat the injured after second major earthquake in Nepal
From the town of Chautara to Kathmandu itself, Red Cross teams are helping injured and traumatised people.

8 May The earthquake response: behind the scenes
A daily blog from our aid worker Jess Letch in Nepal  

7 May 'It is hard to believe I have seen this happen twice'
Two-time earthquake survivor Mangal remembers the last time the ground opened beneath his feet.

30 April  Moving mountains: the humbling truth about delivering aid to Nepal
The scale and terrain of this disaster makes aid delivery a nightmare, explains Peter Walton from Australian Red Cross.

29 April 'The difficulty we face here is that everyone is in need'
Even with their own losses, Red Cross volunteers in Nepal are trying to help their neighbours cope.

28 April 'I don't think any of our team slept that night'
Sameer, from the Red Cross first aid team in Nepal, reports on those he could save and those he couldn't.

27 April Red Cross races to provide first aid, shelter after Nepal quake

26 April Nepal earthquake: Red Cross responds, opens tracing service

About the Nepal earthquake appeal

I've raised money - when do I need to bank my funds?

Organisers of fundraising events or those who have collected or pledged donations have until Wednesday 30 September 2015 to send money to Red Cross.

If you have an activity or event and you plan to send in any money or funds after 30 September, please let Red Cross know as soon as possible by calling 1800 811 700.

How will funds from the appeal be used?

Funds raised from the Nepal Region Earthquake Appeal are providing humanitarian support to people and communities in Nepal and in regions affected by the earthquake in Nepal earthquake, including:

  • emergency relief and recovery assistance
  • water and sanitation, shelter, health, protection, livelihoods, community safety and resilience initiatives
  • sending specialist aid workers to assist in initial assessments, relief, recovery and longer-term disaster management operations
  • supporting Red Cross to prepare for, scale up and deliver relief and recovery services.

Australian Red Cross ensures that at least 90% of funds raised for an international appeal are spent directly on our emergency response programs. Should funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the emergency relief and recovery needs of people in the affected areas, or if there are changes in circumstances beyond the control of Australian Red Cross, excess funds will be directed to building resilience and responding to crises in the Asia-Pacific region.

Any interest earned on donations will be invested back into the appeal.

Can I donate goods?

Thank you for your generous offer. Red Cross does not accept or distribute goods donated by the public to communities affected by disasters. This is because we cannot store or transport the donated goods, and it is better to purchase relief items locally or as close to the area as possible. Many donated goods, which were not requested by aid agencies, were sent to Nepal after the earthquake. While well-intentioned, this led to a backlog of items waiting to clear customs and caused many delays in relief efforts.

The best way to help people affected by an emergency is usually to donate money because this empowers people to buy what they need the most and support their local businesses.

Can I volunteer to help in Nepal?

Thank you for your kind offer to volunteer. Australian Red Cross does not send volunteers overseas during a disaster or emergency response. In these instances, we would only send trained specialist aid workers who have experience working in international emergencies and with Red Cross.

How else can I help?

You can donate to Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery work at any time. This enables us to respond any time, anywhere we are needed. It also helps families and communities prepare for and recover from a disaster or emergency.

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Photos: Danish Red Cross/Poul Henning Nielsen