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TORONTO, April 27, 2015 – Nepal Earthquake: OCIC Member Organizations and Colleagues Continue Working After Nepal’s Earthquake


An aerial view of tents set-up by residents in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. (Altaf Qadri/AP)

OCIC members and colleagues in the sector are supporting emergency relief operations after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal’s capital, Katmandu and the surrounding area, on April 25, 2015. The death toll has already reached 4,000 and is expected to rise. Many more are injured and face extensive damage to their homes and livelihoods. Extensive damage is also feared in the many remote villages closer to the epicenter of the earthquake.

Appeal Launched

In response to the Nepal earthquake, our members and colleagues have launched appeals and funding mechanisms to provide emergency relief assistance including medical aid, shelter, drinking water and sanitation assistance to affected people.

The following OCIC members were already working to support Nepal before the quake hit and many are now accepting donations for relief efforts:

ADRA Canada  
Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace
Canadian Red Cross
effect:hope, (The Leprosy Mission Canada)
International Development & Relief Foundation
Oxfam Canada 
Presbyterian World Service & Development
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF)
Save the Children Canada 
World Accord
World Renew
World University Service of Canada
World Vision Canada

The Humanitarian Coalition, comprised of five member agencies Care Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam Quebec, Plan Canada and Save the Children Canada, is responding to the earthquake in Nepal with a national joint appeal for essential donations.

As part of its commitment to international rapid response, the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development will support experienced humanitarian organizations with $5 million to provide life-saving assistance to meet the urgent needs of people affected by the earthquake in Nepal.

“Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal and we encourage Canadians to contribute towards relief efforts” said Kimberly Gibbons, OCIC Executive Director. The Ontario Council for International Cooperation will continue to monitor the situation and communicate updates on this emergency to help promote cooperation and coordination among its members and partners.

Read more about this emergency while using the following words and tags on you Internet Browser:
Searching Words: Disaster Assistance, Nepal, Disaster Relief, Canadian Relief for Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Nepal Earthquake, China.
Tags: #nepalquake #emergency #NepalEmergency #prayfornepal #nepalquake #helpneeded #nepal #pray4nepal #nepalearthquake #nepalearthquake2015

References: Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd, The Associated Press, CBC News, Humanitarian Coalition, Canadian Red Cross, and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada


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