Heifer International works with more than 50,000 farming families in districts impacted by the earthquake in Nepal on Saturday, April 25, including Dhading, Nuwakot, Chitwan, Nawalparasi, Lamjung, Parbat, Baglung, Palpa, Kaski, Sinduli, Sarlahi and Tanahu.
Below, Heifer International Haiti sends a message of hope to Nepal following the earthquake. Heifer International has a set of 12 essential principles that guide our work, called the 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development. It is through these Cornerstones that we are united across oceans by the desire to care for and lift each other up, especially in times of great need.
By Pamela Nyaga, Heifer Haiti Communication Consultant.
To: Heifer Nepal
From: Heifer Haiti
Looking at the pictures and videos of the earthquake in Nepal is an instant reminder of what happened to us here in Haiti five years ago. We remember it very well, like it was yesterday. The dust, the confusion, the tears, the panic, the losses and the desperation thereafter are still in our memory. We know and can attest to the pain that you and your country are going through.
Amidst the loss and desperation, we Haitians bravely faced the situation together as a nation and held on to this unity, and that is how we emerged strong and resilient from this tragedy. We have no doubt that the Nepalese spirit of love, courage and solidarity will help you and your nation recover from this unfortunate situation as well.
We are here to comfort and assure you that the grounds will stop shaking, the dust will settle, the rubble will be cleared and the memories of those who have lost their lives will be forever honored and celebrated. The world will always remember you and your country as survivors, not victims.
As a country, Haiti has made significant progress to recover and rebuild from the tragedy through preparing for the next natural disaster with public awareness training in disaster and risk reduction strategies, and we continue to be committed to improve our economy and reduce poverty.
Heifer Haiti offers our deepest sympathy and condolences to each one of you and your family, as well as our heartfelt support in rebuilding a stronger Nepal.