Us Nepal Rapid Response appeal
We are working with Anglicans in Nepal to support emergency relief efforts following the massive earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April, followed by a second quake on 12 May.
The death toll has passed 8,000, and an estimated 1.4 million are in need of food and water. Please support this work with your prayers and donations.
Donations to our Nepal Rapid Response appeal will directly fund the work of Singapore-based ACROSS (Anglican Crisis Relief Outreach and Support, Singapore).
The death toll includes a number of Anglicans, including Pastor Laxman Tamang and 17 members of Choke Church in Dhading district.
The first ACROSS medical response from Singapore visited Nepal between 6 and 11 May.
Message from Anglican Dean of Nepal
Speaking after the first earthquake, the Revd Lewis Lew, the Anglican Dean of Nepal, told Us: ‘Thousands have lost their homes and loved ones.
‘There is a great shortage of food, water and shelter, plus the monsoon season has arrived early.
‘Many major roads are impassable, hospitals are overcrowded and people are in despair.
‘We are trying our utmost best to arrange for relief and supplies.’
Message from the Anglican Church in Singapore, which is supporting relief work in Nepal
The Rt Revd Kuan Kim Seng, Assistant Bishop of Singapore, speaking in April, told Us: 'The folks in Kathmandu are terribly shaken by the incident, and water, food and shelter are in short supply and badly needed.
'The rainy season is about to begin and will last for about four months. It's going to be very difficult.
'[In Singapore,] we're doing all we can to stand with our Nepali brothers and sisters.'
- For medical and crisis relief workers;
- For the co-ordination of water, food and temporary shelter;
- For the Nepalese as they brave the catastrophe and the coming monsoon;
- That the Anglican Church in Nepal will shine for Christ in this difficult time;
- For the work of the crisis team from Singapore in the weeks to come.
Prayers for Nepal (from the Church of England website)
O Lord our God,
Source of all goodness and love,
accept the fervent prayers of your people;
in the multitude of your mercies look with compassion
upon all who turn to you for help;
for you are gracious, O lover of souls,
and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.
Lord of all compassion
We pray for all of those caught up in the midst of tragedy or disaster.
For those who have lost life and those working to save life
For those who are worried for people they love
For those who will see their loved ones no longer
Lord Have Mercy.
For those in need of the peace that passes all understanding
For all who turn to you in the midst of turmoil
For those who cry out to you in fear and in love
Lord Have Mercy.
For those in confusion and those in despair
For those whose tears are yet to dry
For those in need of your unending love
Lord Have Mercy
Background to the earthquake from the Anglican Alliance
The Anglican Alliance said of the first quake: ‘The earthquake is the most powerful to hit the region in 81 years. The tremors flattened houses, caused huge craters and cracks in roads in Kathmandu, and sent people running out of their offices and homes.
‘Massive damage to property and infrastructure has been reported in Kathmandu and outlying villages, which are cut off by landslides on the roads. Almost the entire country has been affected. The scale of the disaster is beyond the capacities of the national authorities.
‘The survivors are badly shaken. They are waiting for aid. There is a shortage of clean water and food and electricity has been cut off. People are sleeping outside, even those who have not lost their homes for fear of further tremors causing buildings to collapse.’
Dozens of people are also reported to have been killed in neighbouring China and India.
Photo credit: Christian Aid/Yeeshu Shukla