Nepal: 120 million euros raised by the EAA members around the world in one month

Press release: 22 May 2015

Total funds raised by Emergency Appeals Alliance (EAA) members one month after the earthquake amount to more than 120 million euros. The funds will finance the work of more than 50 NGOs active on the ground to assist survivors.

The funds were raised in eight countries (Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, UK), following appeals for donations launched by EAA members in co-operation with respective national broadcaster, eg BBC, ARD, SVT, SSR or private media in some countries. The appeal was also widely present in the social media.

The task is daunting but thanks to their past experience, the NGOs financed by the Alliance can have a rapid and tangible impact. They are providing a wide range of emergency items and services, such as shelters, blankets, clean water and sanitation supplies, water storage units, food, medical aid, baby kits, and other essentials. Special attention is given to the nutrition needs and to protection measures of children and vulnerable persons.

In some countries, a significant part of the funds raised will then be used for reconstruction and rehabilitation activities in the longer term such as reconstruction of private houses, community buildings, medical centres and schools as well as livelihood recovery programmes. The operational partner organisations which carry out the projects in the field vary from country to country, including national organisations of Care, Caritas, Terre des Hommes, MSF, Oxfam, Plan, Save the Children, Red Cross, World Vision, etc.

 

The Emergency Appeals Alliance (EAA)

The EAA brings together organisations of various countries, which launch fundraising appeals following humanitarian disasters: AGIRE in Italy, Aktion Deutschland Hilft, Consortium 1212 in Belgium, Disaster Emergency Committee in the UK, The Humanitarian Coalition in Canada, Samenwerkende Hulporganisaties/Giro 555 in the Netherlands, Radiohjälpen in Sweden and Swiss Solidarity. The funds raised in each country are attributed to various partner NGOs which carry out humanitarian projects in the affected areas. Most of the organisations work in close cooperation with the national broadcasting system in order to reduce fundraising costs and increase efficiency of the national appeal.

For more details about the EAA, please refer to Catherine Baud-Lavigne (Swiss Solidarity), Chair of the EAA (phone+41-79-276 21 20/ e-mail baudlavigne@bonheur.ch)

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