Baptist World Alliance, BWA News Release

Nepal Baptists assist earthquake victims

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Baptists of Nepal continue to provide assistance to communities affected by the April 25 earthquake that devastated parts of the South Asian country, including the capital, Kathmandu.

The Nepal Baptist Church Council (NBCC), a member organization of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), is leading the response on behalf of Nepalese Baptists.

In addition to providing immediate food, shelter and medical assistance, NBCC is also offering trauma healing and spiritual support.

John Narayan, coordinator of the NBCC Disaster Response team, told the BWA that he, his family and other Baptist Christians are “also experiencing life under the tent here in Nepal.” Narayan was referring to the tent that they established in Kathmandu, in collaboration with Hungarian Baptist Aid Rescue 24, to offer immediate relief to earthquake victims.

Up to the time of reporting, some 540 tents were distributed to earthquake victims while 245 persons had received medical attention.

Other areas receiving assistance from the NBBC included Sankhu, Manikhel, Bukhel, Chaughare, Chhampi, and Sanogaun, all of Lalitpur district.

The Baptist Church of Mizoram (BCM), a BWA member organization from India, sent assistance and personnel to Nepal. The team arrived in Kathmandu on May 4. “Food is the immediate need,” said a report from BCM. “Also safe drinking water is of urgent need which seems to have been neglected by most relief workers.”

BCM stressed the dangers posed by the monsoon rainy season. “The wet monsoon season is approaching, contaminating the water supply system of the affected areas, which can increase water-borne infections to the common population,” BCM noted. “To prepare for this a borewell/ringwell construction is of urgent necessity.”

Baptist World Aid, the relief and development arm of the BWA, is coordinating the global Baptist response to the earthquake relief in Nepal.

Donations may be made online at or sent to:
Baptist World Aid
C/o Baptist World Alliance
405 North Washington Street
Falls Church, VA 22046

Nepal Baptists providing emergency relief
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