Tuesday, 28 April 2015 00:00

Nepal's Long Road to Recovery

A message about the situation in Nepal from Kate Green, our Asia Program Manager:

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Dear Friends,

This is going to take so long to recover from.

No doubt you have seen the devastating images emerging from Nepal's earthquake over the weekend. Many individuals, and the country of Nepal itself, have been such an important part of USC Canada's history. We've been in Nepal since 1977.

Little more than a week ago, I returned from my most recent visit to Nepal and the region between Kathmandu and Pokhara. Seeing images of these places on the news this weekend has brought me to tears.

A critical planting time

It is early in the planting season in Nepal right now. Before I left, I saw people carrying baskets of compost to the fields, preparing the land, and starting to sow maize, rice and summer grains.

It was all just beginning, all in preparation for the crucially important summer cropping season. All that will have stopped now in the wake of the earthquake.

Thankfully, we have heard from our colleague Pratap Shrestha, USC Canada's Senior Scientific Advisor. He reassured us of that our partners and many farmer friends are safe. But there is tragic word from the district of Rasuwa, an area that USC Canada was deeply engaged in for a decade until just recently.

An estimated 500 people have lost their lives and we expect landslides have taken out entire villages where USC Canada once worked. Many people are cut off and alone and not knowing when help will arrive. They may be cut off, but they are not forgotten.

For survivors, water, shelter and food will be a dire immediate issue. But restoring tools, roads and trails to fields and markets, and recovering livestock and seeds - all so very necessary to agrobiodiversity farming - is also urgent.

Communications are tenuous but Pratap and partner colleagues are working tirelessly to identify needs in the communities we support - both immediate and especially for the long term.

Our work has always been about building resilience. That will be even more necessary in Nepal going forward. donate btn

In the days ahead, we will keep you up to date and let you know how you can best help. But we can assure you now that a donation to USC Canada today will go a long way toward helping Nepalese farmers get back on their feet.

In care and compassion,

Kate Green
Asia Program Manager
USC Canada

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