Churches appeal for help building houses destroyed by Nepal earthquake

Example of villager impacted by earthquake EMN-160126-105844001

Example of villager impacted by earthquake EMN-160126-105844001

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Stamford Churches Together has pledged to rebuild a couple of houses in Nepal to earthquake resistant standards and is appealing for help.

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25 last year and almost 9,000 people were killed, some 22,000 were injured and more than a million homes were destroyed or damaged.

Nine months on hundreds of families are still living in make-shift shelters made out of corrugated metal sheets. The small shacks have been built using timber salvaged from destroyed houses and tin sheets donated by organisations including The Leprosy Mission England and Wales based in Peterborough.

The charity has supported the Anandaban Leprosy Hospital, in Nepal, for decades. Since the earthquake it has been raising funds to rebuild houses in the region’s hillside villages where some of the poorest, leprosy-affected people, live and where 90 per cent of homes were destroyed.

Now Stamford Churches Together has joined the campaign.

Chairman of Stamford Churches Together Nicola Dunkin said: “We have set a minimum to raise £5,000 and rebuild two earthquake-proof houses for these destitute people who find themselves still without proper shelter following the earthquake in Nepal so many months ago!

“But it would be wonderful if more families suffering from this terrible condition, Leprosy, were to find some respite in having a real home to live in provided by people in Stamford - we don’t have to stop at two.”

Stamford Churches Together Church plan to hold collections, raffles and evening activities to raise money. Rebuilding a house costs £2,500 or people can buy a pallet of 500 bricks for £55.

Cheques can be sent to: Stamford Project Rebuilding Nepal (quote code: 16WLD11 on back of cheque), The Leprosy Mission England and Wales, Goldhay Way, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough PE2 5GZ.

Donations can also be made by calling 01733 370505 or visiting www.leprosymission.org.