Posts tagged with ‘earthquake’

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Rebuilding a Broken World: Moving Forward after the Earthquake in Ecuador

by Anna Muir

“It is very difficult to express what happened that day.” Maria Isabel Gracia is grim-faced as she evokes the chilling tremors that broke her beloved home, devastated her family and flattened her community in central Guayas, Ecuador. Maria holds the youngest of her four children close and says, “I am very grateful because all my […]

Responding to Ecuador Earthquake

by Karen Bokma

On Saturday, April 16, a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the northern coast of Ecuador. It’s the most powerful earthquake to hit the region in 36 years. Current news reports are listing over 400 people dead and over 2,500 injured—with both numbers expected to rise. Rescue efforts continue as many remain trapped under rubble. Entire […]

Emotional Support Program Unites Communities in Nepal

by Anna Muir

It’s Saturday morning in Ghusel, Nepal. The rising sun casts light upon an expanse of makeshift shelters—a sea of bamboo, wood and tarpaulins. When the devastating earthquake shook Nepal last April, all but five of the 355 houses in Ghusel were reduced to rubble. The physical impact of the quake is still visible. It is […]

Nepal: Women Lead the Way in Reconstruction Efforts

by Karen Bokma

It takes a village to restore a village. Nine months after the April 25, 2015 earthquake destroyed 600,000 buildings throughout Nepal, the people of Sanogoan are working together to rebuild their homes and their lives. The town still looks like a tented camp—white tents in neat rows, with solar lights hanging from the roofs. Women […]

Nepal: Villages Model Reconstruction After Earthquake

by Karen Bokma

The village of Sanogoan, at the edge of Kathmandu Valley, was one of the many villages devastated by the earthquake that struck Nepal last April. In the aftermath of the earthquake the town turned into a tented camp, after so many houses were destroyed. While home reconstruction in Nepal has been delayed, 90 families from […]

Food Assistance Aids Recovery in Nepal

by Karen Bokma

Kanchii Tamang lost almost everything when the earthquake struck Nepal almost a year ago. She had been living in a hut in the village of Sipapokhare, which she describes losing, “It was like a dream when I saw my home turned into a ruin within seconds.” Though she lost her home and all of the […]

Embracing Life in Nepal

by Anna Muir

On April 25, 2015, a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake—the worst the country had experienced in 81 years—struck Nepal. The fateful tremors wiped out entire communities and devastated families. Thousands lost their homes and livelihoods. The death toll climbed to almost 9,000, with many thousands more injured. Sixty-five year old Dharma Lal Shrestha remembers watching his […]

Nepal Earthquake Update

by Karen Bokma

Please continue to pray for the people of Nepal as they deal with the fear and destruction caused by a second massive earthquake. The 7.3 magnitude quake hits two weeks after the worst earthquake the country has experienced in over 80 years. PWS&D will continue to respond to the ongoing needs created by this natural […]

Nepal Earthquake Donations Matched Until May 25

by Anna Muir

The deadline for submitting donations to be matched for the earthquake in Nepal is approaching. For all eligible donations made until May 25, the Government of Canada will contribute a matching amount towards Canada’s “Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund.” For more information about the government’s matching program, click here. For congregations submitting donations to be matched, please […]