My heart goes out to everyone, including members of my team, who have lost family, homes and businesses in the recent devastating earthquake in Nepal. Pokhara, where we work, is extremely close to the epicentre and still suffering from aftershocks. My greatest fear over the coming weeks is the impact of the aftermath on the thousands of children already living in abject poverty in the slums and streets - it is these children, which Kidasha supports, who now, more than ever, need your help.
Already malnourished and in poor health, lacking adequate shelter and excluded from mainstream support mechanisms these children are undoubtedly those most at risk from the unfolding tragedy. Their problems will be exacerbated by increased food shortages, poor sanitation, risk of disease, weakened infrastructure and emotional trauma. Tragically, there is also likely to be a significant increase in the number of children needing our support. Lone children or poor families from Lamjung, Gorkha and Dhading (where in some villages 80% of homes have been destroyed) are likely to migrate to Pokhara with absolutely nothing and forced to live in slums or even worse on the street.
My priority is to ensure that all these children not only receive basic food, shelter and healthcare but also get the emotional support they need to deal with any resultant trauma. Experience tells me that mainstream aid may not reach many of the children we support. It is therefore our priority to ensure that this is not the case therefore we urgently need additional funding to enable us to work with our Nepal partners to plan ways to fill any gaps.
Any gift, whatever size, will be equally appreciated and I personally assure you that every penny will be spent wisely. Also, as the majority of our team are based in Nepal, we do not have the logistics and travel costs of many other organisations and this combined with our years of experience working on the ground in Nepal mean that more of your donation will go directly to where it is needed.
CEO of Kidasha