Urgent Crisis in Nepal
April 27, 2015 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
On Saturday, April 25, Nepal was devastated by a major earthquake, creating a human tragedy of enormous scope. It has been estimated that over 2,500 people have been killed and thousands injured in Nepal, India and China. The United Nations projects the death toll to rise into the tens of thousands.
The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) have joined the emergency relief efforts, collecting funds and working closely with our international partners in assessing the situation as it unfolds and providing relief to those in urgent need. Our partner agency, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), is providing relief and medical supplies – including shelter, nutritional items, sanitation, and water – for survivors of the 7.8 magnitude tremor.
The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit has created a fund to contribute to the JFNA effort. (click here to donate). 100% of all funds donated will be contributed to the relief effort for victims of the earthquake.
From Michael D. Siegal, Chair of the Board, JFNA:
“…Approximately 2,000 Israelis are currently in Nepal and Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that at least 250 of them are still “out of contact, ” their fate unknown at this stage…. Meanwhile, an IDF advance team of about a dozen officers arrived in Kathmandu on Sunday to assess needs and a larger medical mission of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Magen David Adom personnel departed Israel Sunday morning. The IDF is preparing to send a large delegation of over 200 medical and search and rescue people with a mobile field hospital for an 2-3 weeks.
It’s at times like this, that our shared commitment to Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, finds its deepest expression. In the past, Federations have worked through our partners to provide immediate relief and long-term assistance to victims of natural and manmade disasters around the globe, including the Philippines, Haiti, Japan, and South Asia after the Indian Ocean Tsunami and continue to operate programs designed to rebuild infrastructure and community life in disaster-stricken regions.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims of this tragedy.”
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