A 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal today near Kathmandu, Nepal. Over 800 people have died, and the number is expected to rise. Thousands have been injured. Thankfully the children and staff of House with Heart are safe at the moment, though very frightened. Aftershocks are ongoing and dangerous. The children and staff (35 people) are living in two tents onsite and have some emergency food supplies, which were purchased as part of natural disaster planning. Thunderstorms are in progress, aggravating the situation. Some buildings around the House have collapsed.
Beverly Bronson, founder and House Mummy left Kathmandu two days ago. She is currently in London enroute to New York. She has been in touch with son Babu via Facebook. He reports the House is standing but there has been damage to the solar panels, windows, and walls.
House with Heart has an urgent need of funds to cover the costs of emergency food and other necessities like sleeping bags and portable solar lamps for themselves and their neighbors. As is always the case after crises like this, food and other necessities are difficult to come by and prices will skyrocket.
This is a very volatile and troubling situation for all of us involved with House with Heart. We will continue to provide updates via Facebook.
But for now, can you help? Any amount will make a difference.