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KATKiDS seeks emergency donations for Nepal

An international Bermudian charity is seeking emergency financial donations for two Nepalese organisations.

KATKiDS is attempting to raise funds for the charities Asha Nepal and Gentle Rain Nepal, which require urgent assistance after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake wreaked devastation in the country on Saturday.

They need funds for water, food, medical supplies and temporary shelter and other extra expenses that they will face and donations can be made at bdatix.bm or www.katkids.com.

“Since the earthquake, KATKiDS has learnt that all children in residence at Asha Nepal in Kathmandu are safe and unhurt, although Asha Nepal has structural damage to one of their residential homes,” a KATKiDS statement said.

“Gentle Rain Nepal president Mohan Bohara and other team members are safe and in contact with KATKiDS, and also in close communication with Gentle Rain founder and Bermuda resident Tracy Tepper.

“Gentle Rain is working to determine the status of all of the individual children they support with scholarships, food and clothing.”

According to the statement, staff of both charities have said that conditions throughout Nepal are difficult and frightening, with strong aftershocks continuing.

Despite rain and crowded, primitive tent conditions, people are scared to go indoors for fear that additional aftershocks will cause further building collapses, and food, water, shelter and cooking fuel have become a priority.

Because cholera is endemic in Nepal, broken sewers and disrupted water supplies are potential dangers to public health.

The KATKiDS Facebook page will have regular updates about the Nepalese organisations and the situation on the ground.

“KATKiDS would like to thank its loyal supporters for thinking of those who are facing staggering devastation, and for all efforts to help the people of Nepal,” the statement added.

KATKiDS raises funds for charities in Bermuda, southern Africa and Nepal, and pledges to send all of the donations directly to their partners in Nepal without dilution beyond banking fees.

Gentle Rain Nepal works with at-risk children in Kathmandu, Nepal, and Asha Nepal is a human rights organisation dedicated to the social and economic empowerment of women and children affected by sex trafficking in Nepal.

The projects of both Nepalese charities were visited in September 2014 by Francesca Cacae, the KATKiDS director and events manager, and last month by KATKiDS chairwoman Jennie Lee O'Donnell

The scene in Asha Nepal

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Published April 29, 2015 at 4:18 pm (Updated April 29, 2015 at 4:43 pm)

KATKiDS seeks emergency donations for Nepal

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