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APPEAL TO SUPPORT INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AFFECTED BY NEPAL EARTHQUAKE

To support the indigenous peoples affected by the earthquake please donate to

Account Name: National Indigenous Women Forum (NIWF)
Account Number: 3101017500-310
Bank Name: Nabil Bank Limited
Bank Address: New Baneshowr, Kathmandu, Nepal
Swift Code: NARBNPKA
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A 7.8 magnitude Earthquake hit Nepal on 25th April devastating cities, villages and communities. The death toll has surpassed 7000 and is expected to rise as rescuers reach remote communities. An estimated 8 million people are affected with the most marginalized most at risk. The earthquake has resulted in a humanitarian crisis demanding both national and international support. While the impact on Kathmandu has been great, the remote communities, particularly indigenous communities have been most devastated. A week after the tragedy many villages remain cutoff and inaccessible by road and air. The Nepal Government and the international community must prioritise and increase aid to these villages. But we Nepalese Indigenous communities are also aware that we must continue our own support and re-build our communities. Time is running out.

The worst hit areas are home to indigenous peoples, the epicenter- Barpak village of Gorkha is a Gurung indigenous Village. Hardest hit districts include Rasuwa, Nuwakot, Dolakha, Sindhupalchok, Kavrepalanchok, Dhading Gorkha and Kathmandu valley these districts are indigenous people’s lands, mostly Tamang, Gurung and Newar and marginalized communities – Danuwar,Majhi,Thami etc. Many indigenous community’s houses are completely destroyed people are in urgent need of shelter, food and medicine. They are in desperate need of help, any help at this moment counts a lot.

International aid agencies should have started immediate relief efforts, including search and rescue, and providing shelter (tent), food, clothing and medicine, and medical treatment. Even a week after the earthquake, several villages are still cutoff as these are inaccessible not only by road but also by helicopters. All earth quake survivors (“victims”), more so indigenous peoples, desperately need food, clothing, shelter and medicine.

National Indigenous Women Forum (NIWF) is an indigenous women’s organization working for the rights of endangered and highly marginalized indigenous women. We are seeking support to help indigenous sisters and their communities to provide emergency relief including shelter, food, potable water, clothing, and medical attention. We will continue our work to support long-term recovery and rebuild our communities in ways that honor our indigenous knowledge and builds greater sustainability.