Less than two months after deadly earthquakes rocked Nepal, survivors are starting to rebuild. Among the millions of people whose lives were changed by this disaster are an estimated 600,000 people over the age of 60.
Donations from more than 4,000 AARP Foundation supporters have made it possible to rush aid to the region. Because of these generous donations, groups on the ground have been able to provide emergency medical care, food, and shelter to survivors and are beginning the long process of reconstructing homes and lives.
This outpouring of support, together with a matching gift from AARP and AARP Foundation, has allowed us to distribute $520,000 to organizations providing direct relief where it is needed most — many of them with a special focus on helping vulnerable older adults.
100% of funds raised were distributed to the following four organizations:
- HelpAge, which is helping meet the immediate food and shelter needs of older survivors. They are also working to ensure that the Nepalese government, the United Nations, and other NGOs include older adults and people with disabilities in their work.
- CARE, which has already reached 12,000 people through distributions of blankets, tarps, clothes, and hygiene items, with a particular focus on older adults and their families. Now, they’re working with experts to assess the long-term recovery needs of the region and plan a response.
- Mercy Corps, which has provided relief kits containing clothing, cooking utensils, hygiene products, and more to 1,000 households, with a substantial portion going to older adults and their families. They plan to distribute an additional 5,000 kits along with solar lights in the days ahead.
- Habitat for Humanity International, which will construct 17 core houses to shelter approximately 85 people -- most of whom will be older adults. Habitat’s engineers are currently designing the core houses and developing earthquake-resistant standards to be shared with other shelter organizations operating in Nepal.