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Jesuits respond to Nepal earthquake
April 30, 2015

Jesuits respond to Nepal earthquake
A family looks inside their damaged house Monday for leftover belongings in Bhaktapur, Nepal, after the earthquake which struck Saturday, April 25, 2015. (REUTERS/Adnan Abidi)
To donate via credit card, visit the secure online donations page of the Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus by clicking here.

For inquiries and/or confirmation of your donation, or for additional information, please call: 800-922-5327.

May 2, 2015 update: Reuters reports that the government of Nepal said the death toll from the earthquake has reached 7,040 and the number of injured was 14,123.

(Washington D.C., Rome) April 30, 2015 – Last Saturday's 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has left more than 5,000 people dead, 10,000 injured, thousands more homeless, and untold numbers isolated in remote villages. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, numbers are expected to rise as aid workers and search and rescue teams access remote areas closer to the epicentre of the earthquake.

Strong aftershocks continued to rattle the country in the days after Saturday’s disaster, leaving people with a sense of fear and insecurity.

ReliefWeb reports that 2.8 million Nepalese are displaced, as over 70,000 homes are believed to be destroyed and another 530,000 homes damaged across the 39 affected districts.

"The people are still in shock as the aftershocks continue. Most of the people are staying out in the open places as they fear to go back to their partially damaged houses," said Fr. Boniface Tigga S.J., the Jesuit Regional Superior of Nepal.

"Many people are terrified of sleeping in their homes and have erected tents and make-shift shelters in open areas," said Fr. Tigga.

"Throughout the night, one can see people simply walking the streets, or huddled under blankets by the side of the road, for lack of shelter. Unseasonal rain has sent night-time temperatures plummeting, adding to the misery of those displaced."

The Jesuits of Nepal have responded quickly to the tragedy, Fr. Tigga says. St. Xavier’s College reached out to two remote villages, providing residents tarpaulin sheets to sleep under and basic food material.

Fr. Tigga reports that many roads are blocked, making it difficult to reach many locations.

"We hope to reach out to some more villages where relief work has not been done so far. For this we count on your help and prayers," said Fr. Tigga.

"One great concern now is water supply and food. As stored food and water supplies diminish, suffering will increase. In addition to providing medical care to those who were severely injured, medical teams are concerned about the possible outbreak of diseases, especially cholera, because of damage to the water supply system."

Jesuit Refugee Service will make its expertise available to the Jesuits in Nepal as needed via assistance from the JRS South Asia team in Delhi and the Rapid Response Team of the International Office.

"The prayerful support and material assistance of our brother Jesuits and their colleagues, the wider church, and the general public, will be of enormous help to us as we provide aid to those in immediate dire need and begin to help Nepal recover from the devastating impact of the earthquake," Fr. Tigga said.

Jesuit Refugee Service/USA will publish new information as it becomes available, and the Nepal Jesuits have set up a Facebook page here.


You can help

To make a tax-deductible donation in support of the relief efforts of the Society of Jesus in Nepal from the U.S., please use the information below:

To donate via credit card, visit the secure online donations page of the Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus by clicking here.

Please use the additional gift information field to indicate Nepal and other specific requests.

For inquiries and/or confirmation of your donation, or for additional information, please call: 800-922-5327.


To donate via Check:

Make the check payable to Jesuit International Missions and mail to:
USA Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus
2050 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL  60614

Please indicate that the gift is for Nepal Earthquake Relief in an accompanying letter or on the memo line of the check.


To donate via Wire Transfer

USA Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus 
North Shore Community Bank
Routing Number: 071-001-737
Account Number. 63500-26276
Please call 800-922-5327 to inform the office that you are wiring a gift for Nepal Earthquake Relief.

For additional information regarding U.S.-based donations to the Nepal relief effort please call: 800-922-5327


For tax-deductible donations from countries other than the U.S., please click the appropriate link below:

• Australia

• Italy

• Germany

• Spain



Press Contact Information
Mr Christian Fuchs
christian.fuchs@jrs.net
202-629-5946