As we all know by now, a massive earthquake struck and devastated Nepal on Saturday, April 25. The event killed thousands and injured tens of thousands; it razed houses and buildings, leaving scores of people homeless. Even today, we still don’t know the full extent of the damage in neighboring areas, the final death toll, or how many communities have been destroyed.
Amongst the rubble and saddening statistics are thousands of schools that were damaged or completely leveled by the earthquake. In Gorkha, a district near the heart of the earthquake, government officials said that 50% of houses and schools had collapsed. All state-run schools have been closed down and it’s estimated that nearly two million children have been affected by the disaster.
As a global education company, we believe it is important to call attention to this kind of news and to support those who are working to fix it.
Besides clean water, food and supplies, children and families also need help returning to a sense of normalcy. If they don’t get that help soon their communities could break down. Many believe that the quickest way to restore normalcy is to build schools, orphanages, and community centers. So right now, there are people and groups working in Nepal and surrounding areas to do just that.
If you’re looking for a way to help and stay involved, here are some of those groups you can follow, support, and donate to.
To get updates on the situation, follow UNICEF on Twitter: https://twitter.com/unicef
Know of any other groups that are collecting donations for reparation work in Nepal? Mention them in the comments.
Earthquake photo courtesy of Wikimedia user Krish Dulal. It is licensed for reuse under Wikimedia Commons.