The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck outside the capital of Nepal last Saturday has left behind extensive damage and many without homes. Latest reports from the UN indicate that more than 11,000 people have been injured and more than eight million affected by the worst earthquake the country has seen in 80 years. Today, after spending five days buried beneath the rubble, two people have been found alive, shining a small beacon of hope on current recovery efforts.
We at WUSC are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of lives and livelihoods in Nepal. WUSC has been present in Nepal for several years through the Uniterra program, a volunteer cooperation initiative, jointly established and operated by WUSC and CECI. In 2014, we also launched a new initiative in Nepal to improve the employability and employment rates of youth.
Thankfully, our local staff and volunteers in Nepal have all been located, safe and sound. We are now working closely with our partners on the ground to assess the situation and move forward with relief and recovery efforts.
Our partner CECI is currently accepting donations toward emergency relief efforts. CECI has been operating in Nepal for 28 years and has humanitarian aid experts on staff. They are the only Canadian international development organization with permanent offices in Kathmandu. We stand behind CECI's relief efforts and their wealth of experience providing emergency assistance in times of humanitarian crises. To make a donation to CECI's relief efforts, please visit their website here.