Update - Nepal earthquake relief
Six months have passed since a 7.8-magnitude earthquake in April and an aftershock in May devastated Nepal. Employees from across Raymond James came together to raise almost $96,000 for relief efforts. Recently the Red Cross provided an updated on how our contribution has helped rebuild the country.
Donors to the Red Cross have helped fund:
- 112 Canadian aid workers were deployed
- 5,406 patients were treated at Red Cross's field hospital
- 31 babies were safely delivered
- 620,000 people received emergency water and hygiene kits
- 88,000 people received first aid, hospital care, and support to overcome their traumatic experience
- 70,000 families received unconditional cash grants to buy food, clothing, and household goods
"One of the great privileges of working with the Raymond James Canada Foundation is that we get to help channel the generosity of our people. It's always there, of course, but it's when a tragedy such as the Nepal earthquake strikes that it really rises to the surface. It's truly amazing," said Michael Todd, Executive Director of the Raymond James Canada Foundation.
What's next for Nepal?
Over the next 18 months, the generosity of our employees will help people rebuild their lives and communities.
Shelter | As part of the rebuilding phase, the Red Cross is providing building materials as well as training people to construct homes that will stand up better to the threat of future earthquakes.
Clean Water | Supplying water is vital for washing, drinking, cooking, and farming. The Red Cross will continue working to restore water and sanitation infrastructure.
Health | With many hospitals and other health facilities damaged or destroyed, the Red Cross is working to give families access to critical medical services.
"The destruction left behind was unimaginable. But as we've seen time and again, the Raymond James Canada Foundation and Raymond James employees have responded generously when people a world away desperately needed help...You are at the heart of what we do," said Sharan Dhillon, Senior Manager, Corporate & Appeals, Red Cross.