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Nepal Earthquake Relief Resources


Ways to Help Those Suffering in Nepal after the Earthquake:

The morning of April 25, a devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal near Kathmandu also affecting nearby parts of India. Avalanches were reported in the Himalayas, including on Mount Everest (CRS.org). The earthquake was followed by many powerful aftershocks and a new earthquake (6.7) hit Nepal on Sunday April 26,  leaving a trail of death, injury and massive destruction in its wake. Death tolls are estimated at more than 4,000 people with thousands more injured and left homeless. Below are organizations who are committed to humanitarian relief in the area and provide avenues to donate to the effort:

1) Catholic Relief Services has made an initial commitment of $825,000 to relief efforts in Nepal, a figure that is expected to rise as the needs become clearer. CRS provides several updates about how they are responding to the disaster, as well as multiple ways to donate to their cause: http://newswire.crs.org/major-earthquake-hits-nepal-crs-caritas-mobilizing-response/

2) Your donation will help the Jesuit Relief Services provide immediate emergency aid and long-term assistance to the most vulnerable persons in some of the worst hit areas after the earthquake in Nepal. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. If you wish to make a donation, please fill out the form below. https://connect.jesuitsmidwest.org/nepalearthquake

By Mail:
Make notation that the donation is for Nepal Earthquake Relief
Checks made payable to: Jesuit International Missions
2050 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

By Wire Transfer:
Jesuit International Missions
North Shore Community Bank
Routing number: 071-925-444
Account number: 635002-6373

3) The Red Cross has committed an initial $300,000 of aid as well as 19,000 non-food relief kits which include clothes, kitchen sets, tarpaulins and mosquito nets. “… People will need considerable support including food, water, medical care and emergency shelter,” said Jagan Chapagain, the director for the International Federation of Red Cross Asia-Pacific said on Sunday via the organization’s website. To donate to their Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund visit: http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Red-Cross-Responding-to-78-Magnitude-Earthquake-in-Nepal

4) Oxfam, which works in more than 90 countries, has already dispatched technical experts from the U.K. to Nepal and sent a China-based team to assess humanitarian needs in Tibet, where the quake also struck. Nepal country director Cecilia Keizer stated that Oxfam was “preparing to help provide clean water and emergency food.” To make your donation to Oxfam’s relief effort, go here: https://www.oxfam.org.hk/en/oneoffdonationform_15it1008.aspx

5) Global Giving, an online fund-raising platform, is running a project to raise $1,000,000 for disaster relief in Nepal. To make a donation, visit them here. If you have a U.S. cell phone, you can text GIVE NEPAL to 80088 to make a $10 donation: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/nepal-earthquake-relief-fund/


CRS Prayer for the people of Nepal:

Loving God,

We pray for all those affected by the earthquake in Nepal as we offer the words of the psalmist, “Be strong and take heart, all who hope in the Lord” (Psalm 31:25).

May those who are paralyzed by fear …
Be strong and take heart

May those who have lost or are still searching for loved ones …
Be strong and take heart

May those who remain trapped under rubble …
Be strong and take heart

May those rescue workers who provide relief and recovery …
Be strong and take heart

May those who are moved with compassion to help …
Be strong and take heart

God, whose love knows no bounds,
fill all those who suffer with your comfort and peace.
We ask all this through Christ, our Lord. Amen



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Rabbi Ariyeh Azriel of Temple Israel, leaders of Omaha Together One Community, Nebraska Appleseed and other organizations will hold a celebration of the 7th day of Hanukkah on Tuesday December 3rd 6:00-6:30 pm on 18th Street between Dodge and Douglas (outside the Federal Building). We will light the seven candles of the menorah to signify that we are bringing light into the world rather than cursing the darkness. We will pray that our members of Congress will be enlightened about the need to pass comprehensive immigration laws that include a clear, inclusive path to citizenship for aspiring Americans. All are welcome to join!


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We Matter Walk: Our Climate. Our Future.

On Friday, April 26th students, faculty, staff, Jesuits and members from the Omaha community came together for an afternoon of solidarity, community, sustainability — marching together in union to bring awareness for climate change in our world.
The group walked and marched for 1.5 miles and was welcomed by the Omaha streets with waving, peace signs, and honks to support our cause.
Check out our pictures from the event!


Upcoming Events: Empowerment Network Meeting

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Upcoming Events: Nebraska Immigration Advocacy Alliance Meeting

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