Nepalese Relief Efforts

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On Saturday, April 25, an earthquake struck central Nepal, creating a wake of devastation felt over the world. Our hearts are with our colleagues in Nepal at Hyatt Regency Kathmandu, as well as our Nepalese colleagues who work at Hyatt properties around the world whose families were affected by this disaster. While we are still assessing the impact, we know that the personal damages and homes devastated will be significant.

 

Our very own Hyatt Regency Cambridge associate, Shri Lamichane, was personally affected by the earthquakes. A native of Nepal, Shri has family in Nepal and has worked tirelessly with United Aid Foundation to provide food and supplies for people of the region. He has recently returned from Nepal yet still continues to use his every waking hour to coordinate aid in some of the hardest hit regions, from Kathmandu to Gurkha and Sindhupalchok. Shri and his group have accomplished great things in the little time they had, dropping food, clothing, and medical supplies to the smaller villages that suffered the worst levels of damage.

 

“Each house has a story. Each house that no longer exists has a story,” said Shri. “People have died there. People have been forced out of their home…and they are afraid to go back in.”

 

Upon arriving in Nepal, Shri and his team spent time with Shri’s family. Fighting rugged and mountainous terrain the group, with the help of military escorts and three nurses, disbursed aid in the form of medical attention and supplies, food, solar lights, gloves, water filters, tarps, mosquito nets and more. They worked to build new and viable structures for those left without homes.

 

They visited a demolished orphanage, leaving children living under a tin roof. In Sindhupalchok, the group left enough food for a month, yet 37 people had died there and six people were injured beyond their ability to help. The people refused to leave their hometown and, sadly, Shri’s group has been unable to place contact since the second earthquake struck.

 

Shri was in Nepal during the second 7.3 earthquake struck. As he was running from the building, he fell from the second floor stairs and suffered from injuries on his knees and hand.

 

Shri’s group has 13 homes under construction at the moment. They are planning on building 200 more tin houses. Each home costs around $600.  With the monsoon season upon them, the homeless in Nepal face a really miserable few months.  

 

Hyatt has activated a global fundraising effort to help our colleagues who’ve felt the loss and damage triggered by this earthquake so that they can help rebuild their homes and lives. Our aim is to raise $50,000 USD, and this target may increase once we know more about impact. We greatly appreciate your donations and support as we keep these colleagues in our thoughts and hearts.

 

Hyatt has also announced a $100,000 USD donation to Mercy Corps, our global humanitarian relief partner, in their emergency efforts to provide immediate care and long-term recovery of the affected communities.

 

Shri and his group are also working to keep food and supplies going through their United Aid Foundation.  For more information, or to donate please visit the below:

 

http://www.unitedaidfoundation.org/

 

https://www.facebook.com/unitedaidfoundation?fref=ts

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