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UPDATE: Nepal's long road to recovery

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

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I've just received an update from Pratap Shrestha, our senior scientific advisor in Nepal.

The preliminary updates he has received indicate that there have been few casualties among the farmers USC Canada works with. However, there has been serious damage to property and livestock in many of the areas where we work.

Unfortunately, the Rasuwa district, where USC Canada worked for many years, has been hit hard. To all those who have already contributed in support of the people in Nepal, we thank you. To those who haven't yet contributed, I can assure you that the people in Rasuwa need your help.

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According to preliminary reports, Rasuwa is one of the most affected districts in Nepal. As of yesterday, it is has been reported that more than 500 people have died, more than 80 per cent of houses have been severely damaged, and livestock loses are extremely high.

Our trusted local partner, Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research, and Development (LI-BIRD), is assessing the damage and casualties in Rasuwa and has started its preparation to get the support to the affected communities.

We're asking you to please consider a donation today to help the farmers in Rasuwa.

Your donations will:

1. help to restore family farms and rebuild farmhouses
2. help farmers to purchase livestock
3. help rebuild micro-irrigation systems
4. provide much needed food supplies

By donating today, the impact of your donations will be even greater. The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation has told us that they may kick in an extra $30,000 if we raise $10,000 by May 8th. Raising the $10K would allow USC Canada to apply for the the matching funds.

All donations made will be sent directly through to our local partners to ensure quick, direct support. We are speaking with our partner, LI-BIRD, to plan how best to deliver USC Canada aide.

As a local organization in Nepal, LI-BIRD is well placed to direct help and support to those who need it. The organization already has a Charity Fund established and supported by its staff and members and has made an appeal to all involved to donate in support of earthquake victims.

Thank you,

Kate Green
Asia Program Manager
USC Canada

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