There is a HUGE piece missing in making it possible for these women and men to save as many lives and support the rebuilding of as many families and communities as possible. That missing piece is education.
According Nepal's 2011 census, only 19.17 per cent of Nepali women actually own property or the house they live in. Yet, a high number of female-headed households lost their homes to the earthquake.
In the aftermath of Nepal's earthquakes, my first concern has always been for the children. A million children affected by the earthquake need homes. They need to be cared for and protected from very real dangers such as trafficking.
It's Father's Day, a day which should be filled with summertime family fun - not stories about child marriage. In the United States, it's hard for us to imagine something as shocking as children marrying at an age when they should be attending second grade, but it happens in many countries.
Healing happens in so many ways. From arts programs, to yoga, to support groups, many of our grantees this week are providing opportunities for communities to heal the challenging circumstances of their lives.
What has truly left me with nightmares was not the unthinking destruction of the earthquake, but the sad, avoidable, human failures of the rescue efforts.
Nepal has been in the news recently and for horrific reasons. If you are a member of a religious congregation or faith group, you have probably heard someone lift them up in prayer over the last few weeks.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. ...
This is third in a series of 'Nepal Calls:',(Nepal Calls: One and Nepal Calls:Two published earlier); emails and images from a pastor, and head of an ...
It's been a struggle for me to write. There is always an excuse, sometimes valid -- lack of time, too much work at my regular job so when I get hom...
In the wake of a disaster, there is a desperate immediate need for food, shelter, medicine and other aid. But in the longer term, entire systems may need to be rebuilt.
Over 30 years ago I led a team of Nepalis going village to village in rural Gorkha district providing immunizations, health education, and some medical care for the rural populations. The villages of Barpak and Gumda were nearest to the staggeringly beautiful Himalayas.
The Nepal earthquake is yet another example of how the global financial system did not reach the places where it is needed and is failing to provide a financial safety net for people affected by natural catastrophes.
Goel was lucky to survive because his family's home was well-reinforced. But that was not the case in the countryside where hundreds of village homes were wiped out. The following day Goel and his relatives went with medical kits to help others.
Ultimately, we need to devise a strategy that delivers humanitarian aid for education in emergencies. By the end of this year, we hope to establish a fund that will allow us to act quickly without having to send the begging bowl around whenever a crisis emerges.