An Update from Nepal

In the past three weeks, life in Nepal has been brutally interrupted. Experiencing two major earthquakes, the country continues to suffer from this devastating force.

The April 25 earthquake was the deadliest one in Nepal since 1934. Over 8000 lives were lost, with the number still rising. Authorities reported a magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck the area of Nepal in and around Kathmandu Valley.

A photo from the New York times (by Narendra Shrestha, European PressPhoto Agency) shows the damage from the earthquake in Nepal.

In the days and weeks that followed, the world rallied around Nepal, sending relief efforts, praying, and doing everything they could to help the country begin to rebuild. Not only were many buildings left in shambles, but many families lost their homes in the destruction, leaving them homeless and on the streets.

A photo from CNN shows a woman and her children staying in the streets of Kathmandu after the May 12 earthquake.

Then, when things couldn’t get any worse, Nepal was struck again on May 12. The magnitude-7.3 earthquake occurred in rural Nepal, just east of Kathmandu. However, its tremors could be felt in India and China. Dozens of deaths were recorded, and over a thousand people were injured. Authorities declared this tremor to be an aftershock from the earthquake in April.

SOW supports one orphanage in Nepal:

Himalayan Home for Children.

Photo by Jeremy Snell

Located in west Nepal, this home is right within view of the majestic Himalayan Mountains. It is a place of peace amidst the chaos. We are thankful to report that all of the children and their caretakers there remained safe during and after the earthquakes. Their area of the country remained largely untouched by the tremors in the east.

Photo by Jeremy Snell

However, please continue to pray for those who are not safe from the earthquakes. Also pray that there will be no more aftershocks from the quake, and that the Nepali people will not have to suffer any more horrors.

Photo by Jeremy Snell

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