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April E-news: Nepal Earthquake One-Year Anniversary, Earth Day 2016, Ecuador Earthquake
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“It was like a dream when I saw my home turned into a ruin within seconds.”
 
Kanchii Tamang recalls the devastating events of April 25, 2015, when the massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal and shook her village to the core.
 
That day, nearly 9,000 lives were lost. For survivors like Kanchii, rebuilding broken homes and securing enough food and water seemed impossible.


Through the generous support of Presbyterians, $523,911 was donated in response. PWS&D—with its partners at ACT Alliance and Canadian Foodgrains Bank—was able to provide much needed relief.  
April 25, 2016 marks one year since the disaster. Today, impacted communities are filled with the sights and sounds of restoration. Women laugh as they mould bricks to reconstruct their homes. Hammers secure new roofs. In a makeshift school, children play musical instruments.

As villages are restored, so is hope for a brighter tomorrow.
 
During a monitoring visit to Nepal, PWS&D followed up on rehabilitation efforts in affected communities. PWS&D will also be doing more to support long-term development in partnership with International Nepal Fellowship (INF). For 10 years, PWS&D has worked with INF to support programs addressing leprosy, tuberculosis, malnutrition and HIV. Together we will continue to build healthy communities, provide vocational opportunities and work towards abundant life for our sisters and brothers in Nepal.  

Thanks to your faith in action, families affected by the earthquake are moving forward. To mark the one-year anniversary of the earthquake, a new bulletin insert is available.
Food Assistance Aids Recovery in Nepal
Kanchii lost almost everything in the earthquake, including all of the corn she had been saving to feed her family. Support from PWS&D and Canadian Foodgrains Bank helped her family receive critical food assistance—and it has made a huge difference in their recovery.
Villages Model Reconstruction After Earthquake
Kabita and other members of her tight-knit community are working together as brickmakers. With support from PWS&D, they are improving their homes and their lives.
Women Lead the Way in Reconstruction Efforts
With support from PWS&D partners, women are not just reconstructing their homes, but also rebuilding their lives and livelihoods. Learn how Saru is lifting herself up and providing for her family after the earthquake. 
Emotional Support Program Unites Communities in Nepal
“When I sing I forget my worries for a moment.” Krishna Kumari attends a singing workshop as part of a PWS&D-funded psychosocial support program. For Krishna Kumari, the chance to express herself alongside other survivors has been transformative.
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