News from Nepal

This page will be updated as new information becomes available.

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Our Mission Partners in Nepal have been telling us for some weeks of the terrible situation in Nepal, due to the Indian blockade on the border which is preventing badly needed fuel and building materials from reaching the people of Nepal. It has gone on so long that it is causing real hardship and as winter approaches there are real fears for people's health, as well as the tragic disruption of the post-earthquake recovery.

Malcolm Ramsay has sent these two links so that you can find out more and share the concern with others.

Please remember the people of Nepal in your prayers.!MB.DEr7X



Update from Sarah Wright

Click here to read Sarah's update


Bulletin from Paul Wright

Click here to read Paul's latest update


Update from from the Amity Foundation

Click here to read about the Amity Foundation's ongoing relief work in Nepal


Prayer Notes from United Mission to Nepal

The United Mission to Nepal sent the following prayer requests for Nepal. Please click here to read.


News update from Sarah Wright

Hi Everyone

Paul spent all last week away in Gorkha and was largely out of contact for the week.  He arrived back in Kathmandu on Sunday evening and wrote on Facebook:

"Well, its really way too late and I really must go to bed, but I just wanted to share what the boss at NCRS, the little NGO I've been working with here in Nepal, said when I rang to inform her of my return to Kathmandu. I've been in Gorkha for the last 6 days helping with a distribution of rice, daal, oil and salt to 900 families in Saurapani VDC, about 3.5hrs walk from the epicentre of the 7.3 quake on 25 April. All the houses there are uninhabitable at best, a pile of rocks, wood and dust at worst. Too many were graves for people and livestock. The distribution did not go well. Problems with transport resulted in me leaving my quarters on Friday at 8am, walking several miles, sitting out in the hot sun and carrying 25kg bags of rice around (in the dark, mostly) until midnight, when I stopped for my evening meal and went to sleep in the local school at 1am (somebody kindly arranged a mat and a blanket - and a sack of daal for a pillow!). I had been soaked in sweat for most of the evening (I personally moved over 250 25kg bags of rice). Up the next morning at 5ish, the distribution started at 8am and continued all day until 5.30pm. I managed to get lunch around 2.30pm. Meanwhile the NCRS staff suggested we run away before the distribution ended, fearing repercussions because the rice distribution was mishandled and not all households got some. I told them I couldn't do that, so they left me to it!! I eventually returned to my quarters by 6.30pm. I had not washed, shaved, brushed my teeth (ugh!) or changed since leaving 34hrs earlier. A cold bucket shower had never seemed so good! Unfortunately my clothes were not all dry by this morning (having had to wash them) but I wore them anyway. We caught the bus at 8.30am and arrived at Mugling at 1.30pm, standing up for 4.5hrs! Google maps give this as 65km - 3hrs 'without traffic' (:D lol). I eventually arrived back 'home' in Ktm at 6.30pm and rang the NCRS coordinator to tell her of my arrival. She thanked me for my input and suggested I take some rest before coming into the office. I thought this was very thoughtful of her until she suggested 10am tomorrow was early enough!!! grin emoticon (there isn't an icon for hysterical laughter, is there?). Needless to say there is lots for NCRS to learn from this....! "

Lots to talk through when he's back in the office today.  Please pray for him as he addresses some of the difficult issues that have arisen during this distribution.  Despite all the problems with the distribution it is important to remember that in amongst all of it more than 900 people were provided with food and shelter in one of the worst affected areas.  It is easy for Paul to see all the difficulties as he is in the thick of it all but it is important not to lose sight of the bigger picture.  Let's also join in praising God for his safe journey, for his health and his strength.  He has weathered this strenuous trip well and for that I'm very grateful.

I'm not sure what the coming week will bring for Paul but once he's back in the office he'll have a clearer picture.  Thank you for praying.



United Mission to Nepal Earthquake Response Update

Here is a summary of activities since UMN's last update, including what you can do to help. Read the update here


Another massive earthquake has struck Nepal, with a magnitude of 7.4. It hit near the town of Namche Bazar, near Mount Everest. Find out more here and please pray for all those affected. 

News update from Mark Galpin, United Mission to Nepal

Mark writes:

"Just to let you know that UMN staff and buildings are safe. There was some damage in Okhaldhunga hospital to some of the older buildings but no injuries. Staff in Kathmandu have returned home from the office to check on their families.

As this quake was in the east of Nepal (Namche Bazaar) the key concern is not only that many buildings damaged in the first earthquake will have now collapsed but in addition there will be a number of districts newly affected. As ever it will be the poorest who have been hit the hardest.

UMN remains committed to responding to this disaster, particularly in the areas where we have been working. We are grateful for your continue prayers and partnership at this time." 

News update from Sarah Wright 

Sarah writes:

"Just to let you know that I've heard from Paul since this latest huge earthquake (7.3, followed by an aftershock of 6.3) and he's fine.  Please pray for everyone there, this is really hard after the aftershocks were beginning to diminish and there is now so much fear and anxiety again.  It's a huge set back."

News update from Paul Wright

Paul writes:

"Apart from the intervention in Sindhupalchok with 'First Love', they are also working on a smaller relief intervention in Ramechap. They have had some support, will get tarpaulins tomorrow from another group and we will do a food distribution next Monday. Then there are requests from Makwanpur and Lalitpur that are coming in. Its a bit of a juggle, but I am trying to support the NCRS programme coordinator, Romi KC, in  keeping everything moving forward. Tomorrow I have been asked to join a workshop to work on UMN's response strategy for the next 6 months or so."


News Update from Paul Wright

Paul writes:

'We distributed relief items to 1100 households in Ashrang and Borlang VDCs of Gorkha district this morning. It was not as targeted or organised as I would have liked but at least the relief pack got out to people. They received 30kg rice, 2kg lentils, 2L oil and 1kg salt, enough food for about 1 month. Managed to get a ride back to Gorkha HQ arriving exactly at the Katmandu bus departure time, and the bus waited for us J. Thanks to the Practical Action folk for arranging that, and for being our liaison in the village. Also thanks to a great team of volunteers from churches in Chitwan who came up to help with the distribution. Arrived back at 8ish feeling exhausted but satisfied with what we have achieved.'


World Mission Fund makes £10,000 grant to United Mission in Nepal

The World Mission Fund has made a £10,000 grant to our partner organisation United Mission in Nepal following the earthquake. The UMN has been busy with its response to the earthquake, including: 

  • UMN will be providing relief in four VDCs (Village Development Committee - the local government administration) in northern Dhading (Ree, Lapa, Jharlang and Satyadevi) and three in southern Dhading (Mahadevsthan, Pida and Jeevanpur). The total households in these areas is about 8870, and it is estimated that 98% of these are severely affected. Relief goods are beginning to flow into Dhading. This includes rice, other food items, household utensils, tents and tarpaulins and hygiene kits. Altogether, UMN is providing 8575 food packages and 7900 non-food packages.
  • The first batch of relief supplies has been received, and more will be flowing in over the next couple of days. A safe warehouse has been secured, and local volunteers mobilised to sort and pack the supplies. Volunteers have also been trained to assist in relief activities.
  • We face considerable challenges in reaching the four VDCs in the north. There is no road access, and helicopters are proving almost impossible to access (though we are still trying). The walking trail to Lapa and Jharlang is blocked by a broken suspension bridge and severe rockfall.
  • Tomorrow (Thursday 7 May) distribution will set out for Ree VDC. Communities have been informed, and families will send two or three representatives down to the roadhead (about two hours' walk away) to collect relief packages. UMN and partner staff have been dispatched to prepare for the distribution, which will go on for about four days.
  • A team from our Indian partner CASA reports that people in Jeewanpur VDC in the south have sufficient food for the next week, but are very much in need of shelter. Tents and tarpaulins are a priority in all areas, and are difficult to procure. We have ordered 2000 tents and relief packages for the southern VDCs.
  • UMN has also been asked by the Government to take on the significant responsibility for coordinating emergency nutrition in Dhading District.

Please pray for the UMN and all those invovled.  



News From Paul Wright

News from Paul Wright in Nepal:

"Greetings all and many thanks for your prayers. It never ceases to amaze me that I can be sitting in a rural village in Nepal, yet have fellowship with folk on the other side of the world. I am in Tathibazaar Ward 6, Asraang VDC, Gorkha, and you have caught me in a lull after dinner. Another surprise is to be ssurrounded by Christians, some volunteers from churches in Chitwan who have joined us to help with distribution of relief materials tomorrow, but other local Christians from a local fellowship of about 20. I think there isn't any place the gospel hasn't penetrated here. This isn't the most remote place I've been - its 70km from the district HQ and vehicles can get here outside monsoon season - but its pretty remote.

Much of our distribution work will be finished by the time you meet tomorrow, so perhaps you can say a prayer during the day and this evening for that. Do pray that it will go orderly and well, and that no one in need will be missed. Pray that it supports and encourages the local Christians. Pray for us as we return to Kathmandu - we currently have no vehicle organised to get back to the district HQ, and the roads are rough.

Please also pray for those affected. We will distribute food relief to about half the VDC population of 1000. Only about 10-20% of houses are completly destroyed, but many more old houses are damaged. Pray for rebuilding and rehabilitation - UMN folk are meeting on Friday to discuss this I think, and especially how to meet the challenge of people in temporary dwellings during monsoon.

Finally please pray for me and what further I should be involved in, and for how long. I withdrew from a job interview that was very promising to come out here, but I do feel its right that I did that - many people have written encouragement that this is the right place for me at this time, which is great, but 'what' and 'how long' are not from my thoughts.

Thanks again, and sending you God's blessing from your brothers and sisters deep in the rural Himalayan foothils, 'shaken, but not stirred'!

God bless,

Update from United Mission to Nepal

Please read this news from our Partner in Nepal, United Mission to Nepal (UMN) and pray for its staff and for our mission partners who serve with UMN, Malcolm & Cati Ramsay and Paul Wright.

To support the work of UMN and our mission partners please make your donation on this page or by cheque to 'Methodist World Mission Fund'.
The address is: 
Methodist Church House
25 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5JR



Classquake: What the global media missed in Nepal earthquake coverage

If you want to read little deeper into the post-earthquake situation you may find this article interesting


News From Paul Wright

News from Paul Wright as he arrives in Nepal emphasizes the extent to which it is the poor who suffer most in earthquakes:

"Arrived Nepal 3.15 yesterday with only a bit of holding to clear the runway of all those transport planes. Fought my way through the packed baggage claim (and around the incoming Chinese Rescue(?) and Relief Team all dressed in nice blue overalls), playing ping pong between two belts to find which had my bag. Managed to persuade immigration to give me a free visa because I was on a relief trip - this courtesy of the official who
allowed me to print out my invitation letter from UMN on his laptop/printer combo. Thanks to him. Then managed to get immigration to accept a rather poor print out of a considerably younger passport photo of me cos I'd forgotten to bring these. Fortunately I had the old copies in my trusty little 'micro-earthquake kit'. The drive to the guesthouse through Kathmandu was surreal, considering the media images I'd seen the week before. To be honest itdidn't look all that different - yes there were roads part dug up and walls fallen or part built, but it was like that when I left a year ago! I was amazed all those glass walled high-rises showed no broken glass, the big apartment blocks as tall and imposing as ever. Looking more carefully though, the cracks did begin to show - literally - but by no means everywhere on everything. This city has truly been spared a major catastrophe, which is good, because it means there is sufficient effective infrastructure to help those who have been hurt in the more vulnerable sub-urban and rural areas."

Here is a link to the UMN webpage where a report will tell you a little more about what Paul is doing:

For further news please look at:



News from Sarah Wright

Sarah Wright sent us these updates at the weekend.  Her husband Paul has now arrived safely in Kathmandu and is putting his disaster management expertise and language skills at the disposal of our local partner, United Mission to Nepal; please pray for him.

'Hi again.

Over the last two days I have spoken to several friends in Kathmandu and I've heard so many good things I thought it would be good to tell you some of them.   Let's thank God for them.  Today is exactly a week since the earthquake struck Kathmandu.  It happened just before noon so most Christians were still in church.  Today most of those congregations have come together to worship and be together in prayer at the places they were when the earthquake struck.  Some met outside, others inside.  In one church where our friends go, the children in Sunday school were given a chance to talk about how they felt and they drew pictures.  It is great to see the church helping the kids work through their feelings.

ECTC, a Christian counselling organisation based in Kathmandu is putting on workshops in English and Nepali this week to help people with the trauma.  On Thursday they are doing a special session for Nepali pastors and church leaders to help them deal with their own trauma and to help them reach out helpfully to those struggling in their congregations. Please pray for this important session.  UNICEF are also broadcasting suggestions for helping kids with trauma on the radio.

A team went out to one of the worst affected areas towards the end of the week. Until that time no help had reached this particular village.  They found people working together to help rebuild each others houses. Nepali people are very resilient and it is good to see how people are working together to help each others.  Another team went to Sindapalchowk, one of the worst affected areas, to take medical help.  They found the local health post doing well.  They had treated 600 patients and wanted to send 60 to Kathmandu for further treatment.  They were sent by helicopter. Their greatest need was for more medicines.

Food is getting into Kathmandu and prices are not too high and many people are now sleeping inside their homes again.

Both KISC and British School (the two schools Jack and Asha went to) have eopened.  They are helping the kids get back to their normal lives again.

Paul has just phoned to say he's arrived safely.  He's very tired.  It is evening so he plans to get some sleep and has to go into the office tomorrow morning (Sunday) to find out more about what he needs to do.***

Of course there are still things to pray for too.  Most people I've spoken to are struggling to sleep and feel edgy, worried about when the next aftershock will come.  Please pray for those struggling to come to terms with the trauma.

Bijaya, one of my Thursday women's group, has been staying at the church where we used
to meet. Her house has been destroyed by the earthquake.  I have just had a text message saying her husband has just died.  Please pray for Bijaya and all that she is dealing with.

Kamal, our church pastor, and his family are looking for a new place to live as their home (rented) is badly cracked. 

While food is reaching Kathmandu, drinking water is short.  Many are relying on wells but these are not all safe for drinking water.  Please pray for water - if cholera hits the city, the death toll will massively increase.

Please continue to pray for the areas still not reached by rescue teams. There are areas more than 5 days walk from the road - they represent a huge challenge.  The government has appealed for more helicopters to help get into these isolated areas.

With every blessing,



'Hi everyone,  Thank you so much for your prayers.

Paul is already on his way to Nepal.  At 6am we left here for Inverness. From there Paul took the train to Edinburgh and he'll fly from there to Kathmandu via Qatar. If there are no delays he'll arrive in Nepal about 3pm Saturday afternoon.   We have felt very looked after over the last few days and we have appreciated so many helpful offers and supportive messages.   I'm afraid I haven't had time to reply to some of the offers of help as it has been a busy time.

Quite a number of you offered financial and other practical help and for that we would like to say a big thank you.  At the time I wrote the last email we didn't know whether there would be support for the trip but the Methodists have generously stepped in to support the trip. I presume this trip is not in their budget for the year and that they would appreciate any giving towards this.  If you would like to give towards Paul's travel and living costs, please look at the details on /mission/world-church/world-church-news/news-from-nepal  Donating to the Methodist Church will also support UMN's disaster relief work.

We'd also just like to tell you about a lovely blessings yesterday.  We were concerned that Paul would need clean drinking water, particularly if he travels rurally in Nepal, and we had nothing to use for that and no shops here in the village that would sell what we needed.  We put an advert on a local 'buy, swop and sell' facebook page and within half an hour we had two phone calls with offers and both people drove to bring equipment and water sterilising tablets to us.  We felt so blessed by the kindness of strangers in a community that is new to us.

We'd really appreciate your prayers over the next couple of weeks.  This is potentially quite a difficult trip and I'm sure Paul will see many difficult and tragic circumstances.  It's not possible to help everyone but please pray for wisdom in knowing how to help.  Pray too for stamina and emotional resilience for all involved in the relief operation.  Many agencies are involved and prayer for good communication and management is vital.

Thank you again for all your prayers, I'm not quite sure how I explain this but it feels like this isn't 'something Paul is going off to do' but something that we are all doing together.

With every blessing



News from our friends at the National Council of Churches, sent on Tuesday.

Thank you for your prayer for Nepal. 

Only from today people have started moving out, still living in tents. Whole of Kathmandu and I believe in many other districts people are living in tents and plastic covers outside their houses. Read the full news here


World Church Partnership Coordinator Steve Pearce talks to Anna Drew about the latest news following the earthquake and what the Methodist Church in Britain is doing to help.

Listen here
Paul Wright Travels

Following a request from our partner, United Mission to Nepal, Methodist Church Britain has agreed to send Paul Wright, a disaster management expert, back to Nepal to assist in the relief and recovery efforts.

He leaves today, Friday, and will arrive in Nepal on 2nd May.

Paul returned from Nepal in 2014 where he was the Disaster Management Adviser, having served as a Mission Partner for 16 years.  He is fluent in Nepali and knows the country and its culture well.

He moved to Scotland last summer with his wife Sarah and their two children, Jack and Asha, who will now wait anxiously for his return the date of which will only be decided once the extent and nature of UMN's response becomes clearer. That there is a huge amount of work to be done is beyond doubt and the Methodist Church and UMN are very grateful to Paul for his immediate agreement and to his family for their support.

The Methodist World Mission Fund supports UMN and the work of Paul, Malcolm and Cati. Click here to donate to the World Mission Fund


Update from Steve Pearce, Partnership Coordinator, World Church Relationships

I have heard now from many of our friends and colleagues and heard stories of the terrible trauma that such a massive earthquake causes, and of the death, injury and homelessness which it leaves in its wake.

The most frequent comment though is, 'Thank you for your prayers.' People are so reassured that they are not alone in their distress, they are part of a wider community which cares about them, a community which embodies God's love for them.

Our Mission Partners, Malcolm and Cati Ramsay are well and exercising their ministry of pastoral care among those engaged in the relief effort, their first news in on this page.

Our partner, United Mission to Nepal, is hard at work making sure its resources of personnel and know-how are effectively engaged. News from them is below too. Their first request, made yesterday, was to request us to send Paul Wright, who finished his term as Mission Partner last year, back to Kathmandu to add his expertise on disaster management to the UMN effort. He will fly out as soon as humanly possible.

If you wish to support the work of UMN, Paul and our Mission Partners please make your donation to the 'Methodist Church World Mission Fund' online or by post to me at Methodist Church House, marking it 'Nepal.'.

Our friends at Prison Fellowship are well, though their property is of course damaged and the children in their care will no doubt soon be hearing sad news about their families.

Sarah Wright has told us of some of the friend she left behind in Nepal, such as a member in her Thursday Women's Group who described how hard the situation is, she and her grandchildren are sleeping outside.  Another from the group said her home has collapsed but all her family survived, though tragically, two of her neighbours were crushed.  (She is the only Christian in her family and Sarah asks for prayers for her.)

Kamal, Sarah's former church pastor, also called. He says fuel is very short. He is also worried about food and when schools will reopen.  Some people are ill and he is concerned about people's mental health. He says some people, including children, feel dizzy as though the ground is moving even when it isn't. Many church members have returned to their villages as they have heard about damage to their homes there.  He said 150 believers died in one church that collapsed during the earthquake.


Greetings of Peace from the Christian Conference of Asia

Prayers, wishes and enquiries are flowing in from many quarters of Asia, asking us to convey their deep-felt concern for you and all the victims in Nepal. Read this Pastoral letter from the Christian Conference of Asia


Call for Prayers for the People of Nepal

Following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake this weekend in Nepal that claimed thousands of lives and thousands more injured, the World Methodist Council Social Justice & International Affairs Committee issued this statement on behalf of the World Methodist Council.


A message from Malcolm and Cati Ramsay, Mission Partners in Kathmandu

Dear Everyone,

As all of you will undoubtedly know, Nepal was hit by a violent and prolonged earthquake measuring 7.8 on Saturday 25th April. The epicentre was midway between Kathmandu and Pokhara. Only 24 hours earlier, the entire expatriate staff of UMN had travelled from Kathmandu, Tansen and Okhaldunga to Pokhara for UMN's annual four day retreat which the two of us were leading.

The earthquake and successive aftershocks, including one measuring 6.7 yesterday, Sunday, have had a devastating effect on the country. As we write (Monday afternoon), the death toll has exceeded 3,000 and is still rising as rescue operations continue. We are profoundly grateful that we ourselves, along with the other UMN staff, are all unharmed physically. However we're all extremely shaken by what has happened and find the continuing aftershocks both alarming and unsettling. The challenge is balancing our relief at being alive with our heartfelt grief at the catastrophic consequences for so many people here.

UMN has sent two doctors to join a medical camp near the epicentre, while the rest of the Tansen staff returned this morning to the hospital. Even as we write this, UMN is taking part in urgent discussions as to how best to participate in the Aid and Relief work that has now begun. We don't yet know how many will be able to return to Kathmandu tomorrow, but the two of us have been asked to travel early tomorrow morning (Tuesday), so that we can be in Kathmandu as soon as possible to provide a listening ear to those feeling traumatised by the earthquake.

We are deeply touched by the scores of emails we have already received, expressing people's concern and prayers. The internet has been unreliable and this, coupled with the fact that we feel physically and emotionally drained, means that we can't reply to each one individually - for now at least. Every single email has made a tremendous difference. Thank you.

Several texts have also arrived but mysteriously with random UK numbers attached instead of the sender's name. This has often made it impossible to know who they're from. If you text us please include your name even if you know you're already in our Contacts list!

With lots of love and prayers from us both,

Malcolm and Cati



From the United Mission to Nepal - our partner in the country

"Nepal is still reeling from the impacts of the 7.9 earthquake that hit the country just before noon on Saturday. We thank God that all UMN staff and sites are reported as safe. All expatriate staff (with the exception of three in Okhaldhunga) were in Pokhara for the annual Expatriates' Retreat. A small group, including Executive Director Mark Galpin, was able to return to Kathmandu on Sunday evening. Mark will be co-ordinating UMN's response from there.

There are no reports of damage from Tansen or Okhaldhunga; Dhading district has suffered significant damage and some loss of life. Our Headquarters property in Kathmandu appears to be structurally sound, although there is damage to some equipment. We hope to be providing regular updates on our Website and Facebook pages from today, once server and power problems are resolved.

UMN will be providing staff with expertise to other agencies, in accordance with our emergency plans and as appropriate. We expect that longer-term involvement will be focused on Dhading. Two of our medical staff from Tansen will be travelling to assist at the HDCS hospital at Lamjung today, and two others will be joining an INF medical team in Gorkha. Please pray for their safety.

Please pray:

- for our staff, particularly those from Kathmandu who live out in the cluster areas, and are concerned about family and friends in the capital.
- for people living in Kathmandu, who are frightened, who may have lost loved ones, and who are facing shortages of water, electricity and food.
- for Mark and Binod Awale, our Disaster Reponse advisor, and other key staff as they co-ordinate our response.
- for our Supporting Partners, as they consider their response.

We are very grateful for offers of individual support that have come in from around the world. However in this situation it is not helpful to have individuals arriving in Nepal to help out. There is plenty of manpower locally. Highly trained and experienced relief teams are coming in and that is appropriate.

Thank you for your support during this very difficult time."


From the United Mission to Nepal - our partner in the country

"We are grateful for all your messages and assurances of prayer. We have made contact with our staff across the country. Of our working areas, Kathmandu area was most affected and we still have one or two staff members we have not been able to contact. However we have no reports of injuries or causalties among our staff at this time. Aftershocks are continuing and are likely to continue for some time. Most in Kathmandu are sleeping outside.

"Damage is primarily to the old houses and temples within Kathmandu. Death toll is rising steadily and likely  to reach into the thousands, but well lower than some of the estimates for death toll of a major earthquake in the Kathmandu area. However the extent of damage outside of Kathmandu is yet to be ascertained. The government of Nepal has requested international assistance but this will be coordinated via diplomatic missions and the Government of Nepal.

"Our response is likely to be the Dhading area however we have very little information from there at this time. It will take us a couple of days to assess the needs and organise a response.

"We are grateful for your thoughts and prayers for the people of Nepal at this time."

ActAlliance has also issued a news update.

Both All We Can and Christian Aid have launched appeals.

Click here to give to the All We Can Nepal appeal

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