Dear members, partners, colleagues, friends:
We wish to express our deepest sympathy for the victims of the devastating April 25 earthquake in Nepal and their families.
We pledge our collective support to both the emergency relief efforts in the region and the long-term effort to rebuild Nepal and other affected areas, and call on the international community to sustain these efforts to their conclusion. We must keep the scale of this challenge – 2.8 million Nepalese displaced; more than 3.5 million people in need of food assistance; more than 600,000 homes destroyed or damaged – fresh in our minds and marshal a response equal to it.
We stand in solidarity with our colleagues and friends in the region who have been directly affected by this natural disaster. We could not have expressed our feelings better than MenEngage Alliance partners:
Kapil Kafle, Coordinator of MenEngage Alliance Nepal, shared, “Thanks for your kind words and expressing the empathy which is really valuable for us at the moment of painful cry created by the devastating earthquake. I will be sharing your solidarity among our members of MenEngage Alliance Nepal so that they will feel embraced with the warm hearts of global friends.”
Laxman Belbase, Kapil’s predecessor and currently thematic advisor on gender & health at Save the Children Sweden, wrote, “Thank you very much for your kind words and remembering us… Our parents/friends are safe among those whom we were able to talk with. It’s a very big disaster and still the affected areas are yet to come out of the trauma situation, and also that all the people are rescued. The work is going on rapidly, but still too much to do there.”
We reiterate their call for our collective support for the emergency relief efforts in Nepal and the long-term effort to rebuild the country. On behalf of the MenEngage Alliance membership, we want our friends in the region to know that our global embrace is warm, heartfelt and strong. For those who have something extra to spare, we encourage you to contribute to the relief and reconstruction efforts ongoing in Nepal and the region.
The MenEngage Global Secretariat
(Photo credit: ABC News)