Nepal Relief Fund

A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake and subsequent strong aftershocks have claimed well over 4,000 lives and caused widespread destruction in Kathmandu and the surrounding region. Our trusted partners are assessing the unfolding situation on the ground and ensuring survivors’ immediate needs are addressed.


Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver has opened the Nepal Relief Fund
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Your donation will be matched by the Canadian Federal Government.


100% of your donation will support the critical rescue and relief efforts of our trusted partner, the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Our efforts will be combined with those of other Jewish communities in Canada through Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.


How We Are Helping
JDC has already mobilized their emergency teams and is working with local authorities, the Nepalese and Indian governments, and global partners. Their critical focus will be on providing medical relief and supplies in the hardest-hit areas.


Already, JDC is:

  • Partnering with the IDF field hospital that departed for Nepal this morning (April 27) by providing medical equipment including two neonatal incubators;
  • Supporting the Magen David Adom medical team that departed yesterday morning to serve with the Nepalese Red Cross.
  • Securing emergency medical supplies for transfer to Nepal;
  • Working with UNICEF to provide emergency supplies for children responding to needs in shelter, nutrition and water and sanitation;
  • Deploying a rapid assessment team scheduled to arrive in Nepal on Wednesday;
  • Coordinating with the Israeli Embassy, U.S. State Department and Israeli and Jewish organizations as well as the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs;
  • Setting up the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Response, which is managed by JDC (April 26);
  • Partnering with Tevel B'tzedek, an Israeli NGO that has been on the ground in Nepal for over eight years, to provide immediate emergency relief in the area of shelter and other urgent needs.


Providing Non-Sectarian Humanitarian Relief
JDC will apply their global expertise in providing immediate relief and long-term assistance to victims of natural and man-made disasters — most recently in the Philippines, Haiti, Japan, and South Asia after the Indian Ocean Tsunami — to furnish urgent aid to survivors of the Nepal earthquake and rebuild infrastructure and community life in the months ahead.


Israelis in Nepal and IDF Response
As of Saturday, April 25, 2015 approximately 2,000 Israelis were in Nepal and Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that at least 250 of them are still “out of contact,” their fate unknown. Hundreds of Israelis spent the previous night in the courtyard of the Israeli embassy and in the Chabad House in Kathmandu, and are awaiting evacuation aboard El Al jets now en route.


Meanwhile, an IDF advance team of about a dozen officers arrived in Kathmandu on Sunday to assess needs and a larger medical mission of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Magen David Adom personnel departed Israel Sunday morning. The IDF is preparing to send a large delegation of over 200 medical and search and rescue people with a mobile field hospital for approximately two to three weeks.


How Can You Help?
Donate Online: Click here or call us at 604.257.5100.


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In the News

e-Jewish Philanthropy: JDC Responds to Deadly Nepal Earthquake
New York Times - Jewish Federations of North America and JDC Highlighted
National Post article and video - April 27, 2015
BBC: Drone video captures devastation in Kathmandu - April 27, 2015
Members of Vancouver's Nepalese community look to help in rebuilding efforts
Mission and Burnaby firefighters heading to Nepal to help in rescue and relief
Nepalese doctor in Israel heads home to provide medical aid


Updated: April 27, 2015