On 25th April, a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake and aftershocks occurred in Nepal. Over 8,000 people are known to have died. The final total may reach an estimated 15,000.
A second major 7.3 magnitude earthquake occurred on 12 May 2015 between the capital of Kathmandu and Mt. Everest. More than 120 people were killed and over 2,500 were injured by this aftershock. Fearing more aftershocks, people are surviving outdoors with no shelter or sanitation. Food and water will soon run out.
Remote mountain villages have been flattened and completely cut off by avalanches and landslides. Reaching survivors is difficult and dangerous. With few helicopters available many villages are still waiting for help.
Who are Community Action Nepal?
Community Action Nepal (CAN), a charity founded by Everest mountaineer Doug Scott CBE, is already helping Nepal.
For 20 years CAN has provided nurses, health posts, teachers, schools and rescue shelters that serve 250,000 people in remote Nepalese villages. In the regions hit worst by the earthquakes, such as Langtang, Gorkha and Helambu, these vital buildings have been badly damaged or completely destroyed, and homes have been reduced to rubble.
100% of donations made to #ClimbForCAN will go directly towards relief efforts and the rebuilding of communities in Nepal.
How is CAN helping?
- CAN has trained Nepali nurses, teachers, building experts, and community workers currently helping with the immediate relief needs.
- CAN has already organised food and medical supplies to be distributed.
- CAN nurses are working from temporary Health Posts in their villages or at ‘disaster refugee’ camps in Kathmandu.
- CAN is fighting to get scarce helicopters used to maximum effect.
- CAN’s camping and trekking gear has been distributed to those in need.
- Temporary school classrooms to be open by June.
“Lives have been devastated, homes destroyed, families bereaved and children orphaned. It is so incredibly sad. Despite all that has happened I am optimistic. The Nepalese are resilient and resourceful. But they need our help. Any money you give to CAN goes straight to the coal face. Please help. Whatever you can give goes a long way. Thank you!” Doug Scott, Founder of Community Action Nepal
What are we doing to help fund raise?
Through #ClimbforCAN we have created a medium that Community Action Nepal can use to encourage active participation in fund raising events. Our aim is to encourage individuals, groups and organisations to get involved in fund raising through activity of whatever kind and hopefully that will the inspire some people to progress their love of the outdoors and one day visit Nepal and even climb their own ‘Everest’.
Our Everest Ice Wall Challenge was our first major event which we organised along with King King Climbing Centre and throughout the year we have a number of major events along with a social media campaig which will encourage everyone, from what ever background, location and physicality to do their own mini challenge, make a small donation and then nominate some friends.