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Update from JDC - 6/13/15


It has been 41 days since the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, with the quake's epicenter manifesting slightly northwest of Kathmandu.  The Government reports that over 8,300 people have died and over 14,000 have been injured from the earthquake. More than 191,000 homes have been destroyed, and over 175,000 sustained damage. The United Nations reports that only 2% of the total financial requirements identified in the appeal have been provided to the Nepal earthquake response.  Insufficient resources are of particular concern given the approaching monsoon season forecasted to begin in approximately six weeks.

JDC's Rapid Response & Assessment team continues to deliver critical assistance to victims who lost their homes, livelihoods, and most devastatingly, their loved ones, in the disaster.


  • JDC is helping remote villages that have sustained widespread house destruction receive critical relief supplies including medicine and tents, in partnership with Heart to Heart. 

  • JDC has assisted the IDF Field Hospital in treating over 700 patients to date by providing medical equipment and supplies. 

  • JDC is ensuring that new shipments of requested medical and relief supplies coming from the United States from partners such as the Afya Foundation are reaching those most in need.

JDC Field Update
In spite of logistical challenges in the region, as of today, JDC is pushing out to the hard-hit and heretofore neglected area of Bhumlichowk. Below is a text message from our JDC team on the ground at 3:00 pm Kathmandu time:

"On back of another flatbed truck loaded with supplies.  Boiling hot.  Driving up about 1,100 meters en route to hardest hit cluster of villages at mountain top."

The photos below document some of JDC's work in recent days.

Temporary structures being erected in Mahadevbessi village with JDC support.

JDC's Mike Attinson, medic and disaster relief specialist, examining a 67 year old man who jumped from a first floor and hurt his knee.

The remains of a home in Manikhel where a promising 16 year old girl perished, crushed under a bed where she had been seeking cover.  This was one of three homes in this tiny rural village that were completely flattened by the earthquake.

JDC's Sam Amiel delivering medical aid in hard hit areas along with our partner, Tevel B'Tzedek.

Update from JFNA - 4/28/15


The death toll following Saturday’s massive earthquake in Nepal has risen to over 4,000. Thousands are injured and tens of thousands are homeless. Aid groups are receiving reports from remote villages across the mountainous country describing devastation, destruction and dwindling resources.

Due to impassable roads and landslides, rescue teams are struggling to reach those in need. Nepal’s poor road network and the limited number of helicopters also are hampering rescue efforts and the distribution of aid.

Needs are expected to rise dramatically as reliable supplies of food, water and medical supplies are depleted. Continued aftershocks spread fear and uncertainty. Kathmandu airport is struggling to efficiently manage the influx of aid flights. There are a number of Jewish organizations on the ground in Nepal.

JDC, our trusted partner, is actively assessing the situation and working to provide support where it is needed most. Here is what JDC is doing:


  • JDC is working with Tevel b'Tzedek to meet immediate needs, including emergency shelter, cash assistance, temporary learning spaces and other community-based support programs for women and children. JDC's team is coordinating closely with Tevel b'Tzedek's Nepalese and Israeli staff and volunteers on the ground, who match JDC's emergency response expertise with their deep knowledge of development issues and communities in Nepal. 

  • Working together with the Afya Foundation, JDC is transporting medical and shelter supplies to Nepal to support hospitals and health care providers. The Consulate General of Nepal in New York is helping to facilitate and accelerate the shipping process, and the first recipients will be the orthopedic surgery departments at Grande International Hospital and Lake City Hospital.

  • JDC is partnering with Heart to Heart International to provide medications, and will send emergency medical teams into periphery areas once road access is secured. 

  • JDC is supporting Magen David Adom medical assistance work coordinated with the Nepalese Red Cross.

  • Our partners continue to work with UNICEF to provide emergency supplies for children and respond to needs for shelter, nutrition, water and sanitation.


Through JDC, Federations have provided immediate relief and long-term assistance to victims of natural and manmade disasters around the globe, including the Philippines, Haiti, Japan, and South Asia following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and continues to operate programs designed to rebuild infrastructure and community life in disaster-stricken regions.



Israel, sent an Israel Defense Forces delegation to conduct search and rescue operations. It has also established a fully functioning field hospital including operating rooms, X-ray equipment and pediatric care. Here are additional updates on Israeli efforts:


  • Following landing delays at the Kathmandu airport, an IDF C-130J aircraft departed Israel Monday morning, April 27, carrying 90 rescue personnel and equipment.

  • An El Al 747 aircraft and a second IDF transport plane left Monday afternoon, Israel time, to Kathmandu with some additional 170 rescue and medical staff and 90 tons of medical supplies including a mobile field hospital. A total of five Israeli planes will land today, bringing much-needed supplies and trained personnel to assist with the rescue efforts.

  • Fifty Israeli hikers were evacuated by helicopter from the Langtang region to Kathmandu. In addition, 10 Israeli trekkers were evacuated from the Everest region. Approximately 11 Israelis are still considered “out of contact.” Many Israelis are trapped in the mountains along hiking routes. The Israeli government is working to reach them, an effort complicated by Nepal’s nationalizing of all helicopters.

  • On Sunday evening, April 26, three premature babies born to surrogate mothers for Israeli couples, along with their parents and an injured Israeli man, arrived in Israel aboard an IDF plane. More than 200 Israeli travelers later returned safely to Israel on board the El Al 747 that transported an IDF delegation.

  • Two more IDF planes filled with rescue and medical supplies departed for Nepal on Tuesday, April 28.

  • The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Israeli insurance companies are working to rent helicopters for rescue operations.



Chabad of Nepal has been a staple for Jewish travelers looking to connect with Judaism. It is also participating in relief efforts on the ground in the following ways:


  • Chabad continues to remain an anchor point for Israeli and Jewish travelers in Nepal.

  • Chabad is working to identify and locate missing Israelis and reach those in need of assistance.

  • Magen David Adom established a first aid station at the Chabad House in Kathmandu.

Right now, thousands of people are without food, water, shelter, and hope.


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