This month’s prayer is focussing on Nepal a year on from the severe earthquake that struck in April last year.
The earthquake caused considerable loss of life and an enormous amount of damage to housing, schools, hospital and other essential buildings, both during the initial earthquake and the subsequent aftershocks. Following the passing of a new constitution in Nepal, groups along the border with India who were unhappy with it, maintained a blockade of the border preventing essential supplies from entering the country. This hampered the reconstruction efforts but thankfully has now ended.
EMMS is funding a project in partnership with INF to explore the needs of severely disabled and sick people in earthquake-affected areas. As Nepal is prone to floods and landslides as well as earthquakes, part of the project will be to build resilience so that the vulnerable can be cared for in future natural disasters.