As the full extent of the Nepal Earthquake becomes apparent, Nottinghamshire dog, Vinny, and his owner Erika Dallamore have decided to take action to show their support for the people in Nepal.
After taking part in the Oxfam’s Emergency Challenge, a challenge which simulated a day in the life of an emergency responder, Erika knows the days and weeks ahead are critical.
Speaking of the Challenge Erica said “It seemed trivial on the day, running, cycling and pretending to be emergency responders, but when things like this happen I see how important the work Oxfam are doing is. People need water, my dog needs water, and I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t access any”.
Vinny, pictured below, is dressed as an Oxfam Trail Master, and to show his support is doing a week of sponsored walks to help aid Oxfam’s efforts on the ground.
Oxfam are already there providing clean water, sanitation and shelter to initially 350 000 people – but the need is immense.
They are working in four open air sites in the Kathmandu Valley – delivering water and building toilets. Over the coming days we will work with other agencies to provide clean water to 16 open air sites set up by the Government of Nepal and to provide food and shelter, while also expanding operations outside Kathmandu.
More than 3.5 million people are estimated to have been affected by the earthquake which hit on Saturday.
An Oxfam response team has been mobilised from India to assess the humanitarian situation in Gorkha, the hardest hit district. Oxfam is also assessing what needs to be done to help people in Lalitpur, Lumjung District and across the border in India in Sitamarhi and Darbanga.
To get involved and show your support text NEPAL5 to 70064 to donate £5 to Oxfam’s emergency response fund.
Thank you for being part of the Emergency Challenge community, and if you did want to see what a day could be like for emergency responders in humanitarian crisis, spaces for June 2015 are still available. Visit here for details.