In 2015, Assemblies of God (AOG) churches contributed £18,000 to Christian Aid’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal. Now, Christian Aid and AOG have launched a joint appeal to raise further funds for the continuing relief effort in Nepal.
Read on to find out more about the appeal – and see our Neighbour to Nepal appeal resources below.
In 2015, two devastating earthquakes affected a staggering 8 million people in Nepal. Nearly 9,000 people lost their lives, while 23,000 people were injured and 280,000 homes destroyed.
Working with local partners, we provided emergency shelter, medical care, food and sanitation to more than 500,000 people, including many hard-to-reach communities high in the mountains.
‘Humanitarian relief is not possible without the help and support of our partners. AOG has been there and helped us reach the people in need,’ says our Nepal country director Mani Kumar.
‘From the inception days of relief work to this day, we have always had their support. We would like to thank and keep the spirit of our humanitarian work alive with the partnership we have,’ he says.
From relief to development
Our work in Nepal has now shifted from emergency relief to long-term development – as we complete a massive rebuilding project to help the thousands of people who lost their homes.
- Community members, trained and supported by Christian Aid partners, are building earthquake-proof houses, toilets and schools.
- Families who lost everything in the earthquakes are receiving cash, seeds and livestock, so they can earn a living and rebuild their lives.
- Communities are more resilient and better prepared for future earthquakes.
Neighbour to Nepal appeal update
In 2017, AOG’s mission leader Mark Wiltshire and Wales missions rep Stephen Harmes visited Nepal to see what AOG’s donation have achieved.
‘Our visit to Nepal enabled us to see the tremendous humanitarian work taking place in the areas severely damaged by previous earthquakes,' says Mark.
‘We were very pleased to see that finances donated by AOG churches have made a real difference to local people, and that Christian Aid has continued to significantly invest into this region with a goal of ensuring longer-term sustainability.’
Stephen says: ‘It was a privilege to travel to Nepal and see the great work of Christian Aid’s partners to rebuild people’s homes and lives.’
‘This huge, detailed and costly work is being done excellently by the dedicated staff. This is very hard work being accomplished in a very remote and hard-to-reach part of the world! My heart was touched to the core.’
Want to get involved?
If you’d like further details, or would like to meet someone from your local Christian Aid office or consider having someone speak at your church about the appeal, please contact David Muir at firstname.lastname@example.org
I feel really secure in this house as I see it has been built very strong. More like this must be built’
Purna Maga Dhading
Neighbour to Nepal resources
Put up this poster in your church to publicise Neighbour to Nepal, our joint appeal with Assemblies of God (A3 size).
Find out more about Nepal with this factsheet.
Use this flyer to publicise the appeal.
This leaflet explains how Neighbour to Nepal, our joint appeal with Assemblies of God, works.
Put up this poster in your church to publicise Neighbour to Nepal, our joint appeal with Assemblies of God.