In the wake of the April 2015 earthquake that struck Nepal, killing an estimated more than 9,000 people, Jesuit Missions launched an emergency appeal to assist the work of the Jesuits in Nepal. The Nepal Jesuit Society responded to the emergency with the establishment of the Nepal Jesuit Social Institute (NJSI), dedicated solely to the relief, recovery and rehabilitation of the survivors of the earthquake. The NJSI is currently working to assist the survivors of the earthquake in nine of the most affected districts in the country, many of them in remote locations, as they are making efforts to return to normal life.
In the months since the earthquake, and the aftershock that followed it in May, the NJSI has been hard at work, operating under the vision of “Reaching the Unreached.” It has focused its immediate efforts on education, initially clearing debris from schools so the process of rebuilding them could begin, thus allowing children to resume their education as quickly as possible. Temporary as well as semi-permanent structures have been built and children have been provided with school supplies, books, bags and various recreational materials. NJSI has also been instrumental in emergency relief material distribution from the start, providing necessities such as tents, food, shoes, socks and wash kits and now have been able to provide CGI sheets and nails to use for building family shelters as well as schools.
Although much progress has been made, it has often been hampered by roads made inaccessible due to flooding, landslides, fuel shortages and political instability. Continued support is needed to assist the NJSI in its mission as winter approaches and people slowly begin to rebuild their lives. To donate, please visit here.
The NJSI has been tracking its progress throughout over the past months on its Facebook page.