Charities appeal to the people of Wexford for help

Published 28/04/2015 | 00:00

THREE Irish charities, which are supporting the distribution of shelter and other vital aid to people affected by the Nepalese earthquake, have appealed to the people of Wexford to help with funding the emergency response.

Trócaire, Plan International and GOAL are all involved in relief efforts in devastated country where more than 4,000 are know to have died since the quake struck on Saturday.

Trócaire is working with partner organisations in the Caritas network of humanitarian agencies in Nepal. The Caritas network is currently arranging for 2,000 shelters, 167,000 water purification tablets and over 40,000 hygiene kits to be distributed to affected communities in the coming days.

Noreen Gumbo, Trócaire's Head of Humanitarian programmes, said that people in Ireland can support the relief efforts over the coming days and weeks.

'We are working through Caritas partners to reach people affected by the earthquake,' she said.

'Already Caritas is moving pre-positioned supplies into Nepal by land from India and will be procuring additional relief materials locally and in India over the coming days.

'Initial relief activities are focused on temporary shelter, water, sanitation, and hygiene. Because damaged buildings are not safe to re-enter yet, especially with continuing aftershocks, many families are sleeping outside and require shelter and protection from the cold and rain.'

Goal's emergency team arrived in Nepal on Monday and began assessing the needs of those in the areas affected.

'A spokesperson for the charity said their immediate focus will be on providing shelter, food and water to those left homeless.

The organisation's India country director Dr Raj Singh has travelled to Nepal, as has Chief Operations Officer Jonathan Edgar, and Emergency Coordinator Darren Hannify.

Goal is appealing for donations to help with its emergency response. To donate, call 01 9059990, or visit

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