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Nepal earthquake survivors clearing rubble from destroyed buildings

Could you be a lifesaver?

Give a little every month to support extremely poor families to prepare – and help them cope with disaster.

Disaster strikes the very poorest people.

Communities living in disaster-prone parts of the world are always hit the hardest, yet the need to help people shore up their homes before the next disaster strikes never makes the headlines.

By supporting people to protect their homes, food and water sources against disaster, you make them more resilient.

And so the next time there’s a massive earthquake, flood or drought, they are better able to withstand the worst. The impact is not as life-shattering.

 

Save more lives by preventing disasters

Every pound invested in preparing poor communities for disaster is estimated to be worth up to seven times more before a disaster in terms of saving lives.

By giving this kind of support, you can help spare people the agony of losing everything – from their homes and vital food crops, to the lives of their beloved children.

You can help people recover more quickly from the awful devastation that earthquakes, famines and floods wreak. And you can help give families who are living in fear of the next disaster the chance to protect themselves.

Join the Circle of Lifesavers

Give a little every month to help prevent future emergencies.

Janak and his family are survivors of the horrific earthquakes that struck Nepal in 2015, killing 9,000 people and destroying nearly a million homes.

When the first earthquake struck, Janak was at home with his wife and children. As the family fled, part of their house fell, killing all their livestock.

Across the valley, Janak’s mother, Ganga Maya, couldn’t escape in time. When the ground finally stopped moving, she was found unconscious and bleeding, her leg crushed by a massive stone. But unlike many of her neighbours, she was alive.

With the only road blocked by rubble, friends helped Janak carry his mother to the nearest hospital. The four-day journey saved her life – but the trauma of the family’s narrow escape understandably left Janak fearful.

‘In the future, we’re due another huge earthquake,’ he says. ‘After the last one, I thought, when that comes, we’ll die.

Nepal earthquake survivor Janak Shrestha doing carpentry

How we’re helping

Since receiving support from Christian Aid, Janak, his family and his neighbours all feel more optimistic.

Janak explains: ‘Christian Aid came here and told us about carpentry skills to make our homes safer. We learned about bracing, roofing and foundations.

‘Now every neighbourhood has carpenters supporting everyone else. We’re building new earthquake-resistant homes for people voluntarily, because many don’t have money to pay.’

Janak and his family are now much better prepared to survive and recover the next time they’re hit by a catastrophe. But for millions of others around the world, it’s a race against time.

Christian Aid told us about carpentry skills to make our homes safer. We learned about bracing, roofing and foundations

- Janak Shrestha.

How you can help

By giving every month, you’re helping to prevent future emergencies, ensuring more families have a safe place to call home.

Any amount you choose to give will be put to work straight away where need is most urgent.

With your gift, month by month, people at risk of disaster can keep protecting themselves.

You could help make sure communities can find water even in times of drought. And stay dry in their homes even when floods strike. And grow crops even when the rains don’t come.

Before the next big emergency strikes, you too can help families and communities to be better prepared – and perhaps even prevent terrible and tragic losses of life.

Join the Circle of Lifesavers

Give a little every month to help prevent future emergencies.