Nepal: A nation rocked by devastation

Nepal: A nation rocked by devastation

It’s been all over the news and continues to be. The earthquake that started a whole saga of destruction has gutted Nepal and over 8000 lives have been lost.

If that wasn’t enough, 2 more quakes have since happened with similar gusto as the first. On the 12th May, reports came in of 2 new quakes having struck. The first, measuring 7.3*, occurred at 12:35pm near Mount Everest and the second, measuring 6.2*, occurring at 1:00pm near Kopali.  

city in ruins

The first original quake, measuring 7.8*, struck on 25th April at 11:56am near Gorkha.  

MAF are now at work in Nepal and have been as early as the 28th April and since the latest tremors we’re glad to report that "Our team are all safe…", “but they could see buildings falling all over Kathmandu - dust clouds like you see with buildings imploding.” Scary!

dan juzi making plans

Since arriving days after the first quake, MAF have been able to assess what we can do to help the situation and we originally began assisting with loading and unloading aid being flown into Nepal. The enormous amount of aid coming into Kathmandu airport was beginning to cause a lot of congestion!

cargo machine at Kathmandu airport

In recent days, MAF have been able to partner with Fishtail Air, an amazing helicopter charter company! The idea was that, after funding 2 of Fishtail Air’s helicopters, we’d be able to provide an affordable service for other charities and organisations to be flown to some of the most isolated areas.

dave couzens of tearfund and crew

Unfortunately the extent of the damage has gone unseen in some of the smaller and most isolated villages. MAF are now partnering with lifesaving organisations to make sure that the forgotten people who are most affected will receive the help they need!     

unloading helicopter in jharlang

It’s a lot to take in, isn’t it? Where do you even start? What can you even do?

Pray. MAF value prayer highly and we know that your prayers can make all the difference!

2 Corinthians 1:11 says

“You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.”

Pray for profound wisdom to surround our team so they will know what to do and that they would know God’s guidance along the way!

booking in flights

Alternatively, you can give towards to Nepal Relief effort here http://bit.ly/1KEa8E9

*richter scale measurements

Photo credits: LuAnne Cadd & Dave Forney