Australian Meal-a-Day Helps Earthquake Victims

The Christadelphian Meal-a-Day fund is actually three sister organizations working to provide the less fortunate with basic life necessities. The UK-based sister organization of Meal-a-Day of the Americas serves the needs in Africa and Eastern Europe. Meal-a-Day of the Americas has been able to support a significant part of Meal-a-Day UK’s budget for the last several years through significant donations from North American Christadelphians. The Meal-a-Day out of Australia serves needs in the Asia-Pacific region. Here is a story from the newsletters of our sister organizations.

[SOURCE: www.reliefweb.int]: A massive 7.8 magnitude earth- quake struck 77 kilometres (48 miles) northwest of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu at 0611 GMT on 25 Apr 2015, toppling office blocks and towers and killing thousands of people. More than two dozen people were also reported killed in neighbouring India, China and Bangladesh. On 12 May, a new earthquake measuring 7.3 magnitude struck Nepal at 12:50 local time (UTC +5:45). The epicentre was southeast of Kodari (Sindhupalchowk District), 76 km northeast of Kathmandu—an area already affected by the 25 Apr quake.

Pokhara Region – Tibetian Refugee Camps

Following the April 2015 earthquake the Pokhara area in general was spared any notable damage and informants speak only of cracks in the roads. In this region Christadelphian Meal-a- Day supports partner Trek Aid to deliver projects aimed at sustainable health, nutrition, sanitation and medical assistance in five camps accommodating Tibetian refugees. Across all settlements the nursing staff have thankfully reported no casualties. Trek Aid has overseen the building of many houses for refugees in recent decades, in this event the stability of these structures has proven vital. As the highway directly south to India is open, it is anticipated that the camps will avoid food and commodity shortages. Regular contact is being made with camp Settlement Officers to gauge if the changing circumstances have given rise to unidentified needs.

Kathmandu Valley – Education Support

Working with the UK-based charity Heritage Children, CMaD supports children around the Kathmandu Valley to complete their basic education. Economic pressures put these students at risk of being employed to supplement the family income. In Bhujel, a small village on the outskirts of the valley several families benefit from the education and security provided for their children.