Many of our staff and volunteers have been affected by the initial 7.8 magnitude earthquake and aftershocks, which devastated Nepal on Saturday.
For 14 years Restless Development has had an active network of thousands of young volunteers in 36 out of 75 districts in Nepal, six of which have been hit by the earthquake.
Restless volunteers have been mobilised in the worst affected Kathmandu Valley region, from rural Dhading district (where our most remote partner schools are) to the 80% destroyed historic city of Bhaktapur (where there are fears of a cholera outbreak), and Kathmandu city itself, where volunteers have been providing tents, food, water and medicines to those camped in the national stadium’s ‘Tent City’, and arranging blood donation drives in the critical first 72 hours.
Today, Restless Development youth volunteers are being trained by UNICEF and then getting on motorbikes to drive out to the camps for displaced people, where they will assess the needs of children and adolescents and provide one-on-one support.
Restless Development staff are safe, but the office is not structurally sound and so the team is working from Country Director Ravindra Shakya’s family compound, where over a hundred people are sheltering in tents.
The international community has responded quickly, in the UK we have launched Restless Development's Nepal Earthquake Appeal, with all funds going straight to the Nepal team's efforts to rebuild their country.
We’ve been inundated with incredibly touching messages of support for our team in Nepal since the earthquake struck. Numerous Restless Development ICS volunteers, who recently returned from 3 months in Nepal, mobilised instantly by creating their own fundraising campaign and sharing their messages of support through local media outlets.