Nepal quake: Jesuits provide relief

Following the weekend’s earthquake, the Jesuits in Nepal have opened an office for relief work and have started networking with other organisations. They have asked the Home Ministry for permission to work in the districts of Gorkha, Dhading, Lalitpur, Kavre, Sindhuli, and Dolakha.

Each institution of the Nepal Jesuits will adopt one place for relief work. St Xavier’s College in Jawalakhel Province has already distributed tarpaulin sheets, basic food items and sleeping mats to two villages (pictured left).

“We are working on providing aid to places like Tipling which are totally cut off,” says Fr Jomon Jose SJ. “We have two priests already working there. Five people died in that village and all the houses are fully or partially destroyed. Catholic Health Association, India is ready to collaborate with Jesuits. Two of their doctors will arrive in Kathmandu today (Wednesday 29 April)."

This morning, we received the following report from Fr Samuel SJ in Tipling: "No photos no videos, word from one who came down. All houses have collapsed, raining heavily, lack of food and shelter, at least five killed, Jesuit community residence has collapsed, Fr Norbert is safe living outside; but lack of shelter and cloths in the cold and rain, making it tough. No trek to walk, no bridges, landslides everywhere. Yesterday one helicopter went but couldn't land. We will try to move tomorrow!"

Tents provide shelter in the grounds of St Xavier's School, Jawalakhel

Jesuit Missions has already committed £10,000 to the Jesuits in Nepal to help their relief effort. Please support the Jesuit Missions Nepal Appeal.

Main photo: The Jesuits and their co-workers distribute relief to survivors of the earthquake. Right: Tents and tarpaulins at St Xavier's School in Jawalakhel provide shelter.