8,693 people were killed and at least 22,221 people were injured in a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal’s capital Kathmandu and its surrounding areas on April 25. 2016. The earthquake was followed by a large number of aftershocks, including one that measured 7.3 on May 12.
The United Nations now estimates that eight million people have been affected. As a result, many children are now orphaned and without food or shelter. Whilst large aid organizations are responding, the liasons who implement the Art2Healing project on the ground report many people are in remote villages with no access to aid.
Whilst the survival needs are paramount, providing people with food, water, blankets & shelter – there is also a prevalent need to provide safety for the thousands of children at risk from exploitation from those who seek vulnerable women and children to sell as human slaves in the sex trade.
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