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Generosity of public is amazing

By Peter Anderson

Published 12/05/2015

Much is still needed to help the victims of the earthquake in Nepal
Much is still needed to help the victims of the earthquake in Nepal

A fortnight after a powerful earthquake devastated parts of Nepal, 32-year-old Roshan Sapkota is now living in a temporary shelter made of corrugated metal, timber and a tarpaulin.

It might not sound like much, but for Roshan and his family - six adults and four children - it's an improvement on the stinking, empty chicken shed where they slept for several nights following the disaster.

For Roshan and the estimated eight million people affected by the earthquake, the emergency response to provide shelter, food and clean water is making a difference and continues to grow day by day, in spite of immense challenges.

More aid is being delivered to some of the hardest-hit areas and agencies like Concern Worldwide are expanding efforts into remote regions - working around the clock to provide essential supplies.

A huge amount remains to be done before the monsoon rains make our efforts even more difficult and the risk of disease increases. But all this is only possible because of your help. The overwhelming generosity of the people of Northern Ireland is helping families get through the next few months and will enable them to rebuild their lives over the coming years.

So far, the Northern Ireland public has donated an amazing £770,000 to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Nepal Earthquake Appeal. Such generosity never ceases to amaze.

Time and time again, we are quick to dig deep whenever we are confronted with the desperate needs of others. Volunteers give up their time to organise street collections and fundraising events in shops, places of worship, sports clubs, businesses and schools.

Humanitarian organisations such as Concern Worldwide depend on the goodwill of the public to enable us to respond when disasters strike and, as a result, are able to act quickly on the ground to save lives. Let us acknowledge the contribution that so many people here make towards providing a lifeline for survivors like Roshan, and millions of others in Nepal - made possible through giving so generously.

Peter Anderson is Northern Ireland director of Concern Worldwide - one of the 13 member agencies of the Disasters Emergency Committee (www.concern.net)

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