After a devastating earthquake in Nepal that has left more than 4,000 people dead, thousands injured, and widespread destruction, Leichtag Foundation has granted emergency funds to Tevel b’Tzedek and The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) who are on the ground engaged in immediate and long-term relief efforts.
Tevel b’Tzedek is currently providing emergency supplies including tents, blankets, water purification, food and medication to the communities where the organization works and which have been hit the hardest by the quake including the Mahadev Besi village and Kalimati. These villages have since been devastated.
The JDC is also working actively on the ground and is in the process of signing an agreement with Tevel b’Tzedek on partnering for mid and long-term needs. They have already partnered with the Israeli Defense Forces’ field hospital that just landed in Nepal by providing medical equipment including two neonatal incubators. JDC is securing emergency medical supplies for transfer to Nepal and is also working with UNICEF to provide emergency supplies for children responding to needs in shelter, nutrition, water and sanitation. A JDC rapid assessment team is departing to arrive in Nepal on Wednesday, and JDC is in touch with over a dozen existing international and Asian partners to assess critical and emerging needs, coordinating with the Israeli Embassy, US State Department and other Israeli and Jewish organizations as well as the UN Coordination mechanism OCHA.