Stamford’s AmeriCares sends disaster relief to Nepal

AmeriCares (WTNH/ Josh Scheinblum)

STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Nepal is virtually in ruins after a devastating earthquake, and several aftershocks. Now they’re getting help from some folks right here in Connecticut.

As the death toll continues to grow, so does the need for aid in that country. Organizations from all over the world are stepping up to lend a hand.

AmeriCares in Stamford is a non profit organization focused on disaster relief. They’ve responded to disasters all over the world and this weekend have been focusing their time around the clock at dealing with the situation in Nepal, where a 7.8 earthquake hit, killing thousands and devastating the infrastructure of a nation.

Related: More than 2,500 confirmed dead in Nepal earthquake

Michael Nyenhuis is the President and CEO of AmeriCares. He says they’ve already got a plan in place to help those in Nepal. Nyenhuis says there is a team in India they’re mobilizing to head to the disaster area adding they are already trying to figure out how they can get a team of doctors and staff from our area over there as well.

“The critical need is immediately and that’s when people are paying attention and that’s actually when people will turn to us and help donate but what I want really want people to know is that this is a long term disaster and we’re going to be there for awhile. We need people to remember that the people in Nepal are going to suffer because of this for a long time and we need them to stand with us to help that need,” said Nyenhuis.

The work won’t end there. Monday morning, around 100 staff members at AmeriCares will begin assembling packages with medical supplies to send overseas.

“Tomorrow this place will be full of activity to begin those relief shipments,” said Michael Nyenhuis, AmeriCares.

Doing this type of work won’t be cheap. The initial investment for this organization alone its estimated will be around $500K.

If you would like to donate to AmeriCares you can do so here.

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