By Aton Edwards, I.P.N. Executive Director
A 7.9 earthquake rocked Nepal on Saturday, April 25. The death toll on Monday April 27th is nearly 4,000 and is rapidly rising. Thousands have been injured and forced from their homes seeking shelter. Powerful aftershocks have also hit the area, weakening unstable structures and frightening tens of thousands that have been forced from their homes to seek safe areas where they will not fall victim to falling debris, fires and other hazards manifested by the powerful quake.
The area is in desperate need of first aid supplies, antibiotics, pain medications, water purification equipment, generators, emergency shelters of all types and much more. Ironically, one day before the earthquake, I was included in a discussion about emergency shelter at the Women In The World summit in NYC where architect Tina Hovsepian had her folding emergency shelter called Cardborigami on display.
This simple and ingenious shelter could provide relief for many thousands of the earthquake victims … if it were available today. It needs to be mass produced immediately so that it can be available for the next similar tragedy that I must point out — can happen at anytime, anywhere.
In the meantime, Nepal needs your help right now! Please check through the links below to connect with reputable organizations and agencies on the ground that need your help right now!
ACTION AID USA
SAVE THE CHILDREN
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