In the aftermath of earthquakes that struck Nepal on April 25 and May 12, fear and anxiety linger like a fog. Aftershocks continue. More than 500,000 homes have been destroyed, and nearly 300,000 others were damaged. Rainstorms have started, and shelter is in great need, as the Government of Nepal and aid groups rush to reach remote areas. Even in Kathmandu, thousands are surviving in tents – but the monsoons are coming. People are afraid of more earthquakes, anxious about their living situations and at a loss as to how to rebuild out of the rubble that remains.
In addition, more than 21,000 people have been injured, and those numbers are expected to increase. More than 1,000 health facilities were destroyed or damaged. Medical and surgical needs will persist for months to come.
Many of the injured have received medical attention, thanks to Nepalese medical staff working alongside foreign medical teams and donors like you.
That has been true at the Kirtipur Hospital, one of the facilities that did not experience damage. ReSurge’s 50-person year-round Nepalese surgical team -- the largest reconstructive plastic surgical team in the country -- has been working tirelessly to care for the injured. Along with their our partner orthopedic surgeons from PHECT-Nepal, the team has provided care for nearly 1,000 people and performed about 200 major surgeries to help prevent permanent disabilities. It has also been reinforced with ReSurge medical volunteers, who have traveled from around the world to offer them relief and support.
Thanks to you, some of the current need is being addressed. It’s the financial support of generous donors like you that makes our work possible. Thanks to you, we have provided the financial help, medical supplies and human resources that Dr. Shankar Rai and others need to provide care.
But the medical and surgical needs continue, as many patients need follow-up surgical care to restore long-term health and function. Others are just now reaching care and will need initial treatment. In addition, the number of injured continues to climb. The financial and medical needs will last for months and beyond.
On behalf of Kirtipur Hospital's nearly 1,000 patients who have received care and the 200 who have received major surgeries, we are most grateful for your kindness. We’re equally grateful for your words of support, which have given us strength and inspired our team in Nepal. Here’s a sampling of comments that have helped strengthen our resolve:
“I am so happy that your team is safe and that it has been able to provide such immediate service to those stricken people. I am proud of you all.” — Taylors, S.C.
“Dr Shankar Rai is an amazing and very caring person. I am happy to do what I can to support his team.” — Walnut Creek, Calif.
“Great job team in responding so quickly! Wish I could do more.” — Sunnyvale, Calif.
“I have been impressed with the initiatives ReSurge has been making in our region. This has been a mammoth tragedy and I am sure your efforts will no doubt be laudable.” — New Delhi, India
“I haven't stopped praying for the folks in Nepal, Tibet and Everest as I have such fond memories of my Interplast trips there. I am available on a moment’s notice to travel to wherever I'm needed so please put me on your list.”
“You truly change people's lives with the work you do. We know that our money will be spent where it is truly needed.” — Los Altos, Calif.
“Thoughts and prayers are with our friends in Nepal. So wish I could go and help.” — The Woodlands, Texas
“Thank you for letting me know that ReSurge Surgical Outreach Team is safe and sound from yesterday's earthquake. I wish I could be there with Surgical Team to help people devastated by the quake. My thoughts and prayers with them.” — Niskayuna, New York
“Sending energy and support to our team members in Nepal.” — Sacramento, Calif.
“As a volunteer and friend, I know this organization is powerfully good. They need our help.” — Salt Lake City, Utah
“We are donating through other means as well. Our hearts go out to the survivors” — Del Mar, Calif.
“I have volunteered for them many times years ago and it is a fantastic organization providing care to so many people in need. I absolutely love what they do and have felt honoured to be a part of them.” — Greenland, N.H.
“Thank you for the very important work you are doing for the victims of this tragedy. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.” — Brookline, Mass.
“I support ReSurge because of the quality of your work, the good that it does, and the dedication of its staff and volunteers.” — Taylors, S.C.
“Well-run nonprofit that provides first-responder services to countries in dire need of doctor and surgeons.” — Los Altos, Calif.
We are grateful to all of you all for your support – and hope your support will continue with the urgent needs. Thank you.