26 April, 2015 - Plan launches public appeal for children in wake of massive Nepal earthquake

Plan staff in Nepal are available for interviews by phone. Please ring Adam Cathro on 0488 202 945 to arrange. If you are appealing to listeners, viewers and/or readers to donate to Nepal, please consider mentioning Plan’s appeal at plan.org.au or on 13 75 26.

Children's charity and NGO Plan International Australia has launched an appeal to support kids caught up in the devastating impact of this weekend's massive earthquake.

The 7.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday has killed at least 1800 people. Plan has an extensive presence in Nepal, with field offices in areas severely impacted by the earthquake, including Kathmandu, Makwanpur and Baglung.

"Children are particularly vulnerable in natural disasters, and making sure that their core needs, including shelter, water, health care, and essential protection mechanisms, will be among our immediate priorities," said Plan International Nepal's Country Director Mattias Bryneson.

"Children may be separated from their families, they may be injured themselves, their homes may be damaged or destroyed, and they may be deeply traumatised. As we get to work assessing the needs of communities and delivering relief, meeting these needs will be among our top priorities."

Plan is appealing to Australians to show their support for children in Nepal by visiting plan.org.au or ringing 13 75 26.

Says Ian Wishart, CEO of Plan International Australia: "Little children suffer terribly during disastrous earthquakes such as in Nepal."

"They are too often crushed by falling bricks and timber and vulnerable to the cold and disease as families live outside in the street to avoid aftershocks. They need our support now. Please give to Plan Australia's Nepal Appeal."

Editor's notes:
Plan is one of the oldest and largest children's development organisations in the world, founded 77 years ago, working in 51 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas and supported by 21 donor countries. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.

Media contact: Adam Cathro, Plan International Australia, Media Relations Manager, 0488 202 945.