Salvation Army team in Nepal begins tent distribution
1 July 2015
Two months after the 25 April earthquake that caused devastation in Nepal, The Salvation Army continues its vital response.
This week a shipment of 1000 high-quality tents arrived from Pakistan, just in time for distribution before the worst of the monsoon rains arrive.
The first batch of 60 tents has already been given out, including families who can now live on land next to their destroyed houses, enabling them to begin the rebuilding process. Local community members joined forces to erect the tents, quickly providing much-needed shelter.
Latest figures from The Salvation Army's International Emergency Services team in Nepal show that, so far, it has distributed more than 110,000 kilograms of rice, almost 36,000kg of dhal, 7000 litres of oil, 2650kg of salt, more than 2000 packets of noodles and in excess of 2300 litres of water.
The team has also provided 10 water filters, four water tanks, almost 3000 tarpaulins for shelter, 904 solar lamps, 33 solar chargers, 775 jerry cans, 440 hygiene kits, 800 school kits and a large number of small items including mosquito nets.
The Salvation Army continues to manage six camps in the Kathmandu valley, ensuring the safety of residents before they return to their home communities.
“We are making a difference in people's lives here,” says emergency team leader Colonel Carol Telfer. “On behalf of the team I want to thank Salvationists and friends from around the world for the support you have given in enabling us to do this.”
The emergency team in Nepal comprises eight people, with personnel from the Pakistan Territory, USA Eastern Territory, The Netherlands and Czech Republic Territory and the New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory. They continue to work alongside the officers in charge of the ministry in Nepal, Majors Lalsangliana Vuite and Lalnunsangi Ralte, local volunteers and personnel from the India Eastern Territory, which Nepal is a part of.