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NewsNepal Earthquake Appeal
21 May 2015
Nepal Earthquake Appeal

Credit unions and co-operatives are supporting fundraising efforts for the victims of the Nepal earthquake and London Capital Credit Union is encouraging its members to donate if they can.

Over 7,000 people have already been confirmed dead following the first earthquake on 25 April. Hundreds more were killed or injured by a second quake on 12 May. According to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), Nepal’s major cities, including the capital Kathmandu, have been badly damaged and many rural areas have been completely cut off by avalanches.

DEC member agencies and their partners are working urgently to provide emergency shelter, food, clean water and blankets. Once the immediate, life-saving needs are met they will work with individuals, families and communities to support them to rebuild their lives.

Martin Groombridge, Chief Executive of London Capital Credit Union, says: “Millions of people have been affected by the earthquakes in Nepal and many have been left homeless, so we’re asking our members to donate if they can. Any amount, no matter how small, will help those affected by the disaster.”

The easiest way to donate is to visit the Disasters Emergency Committee’s website and to donate online to their Nepal Earthquake Appeal:

London Capital Credit Union is a co-operative business, and Martin Groombridge has welcomed the news that many other co-operatives in Britain have started campaigns to encourage their members and customers to support the DEC appeal. The Co-operative Group for example, which manages the Co-operative stores in London, is promoting the Nepal Earthquake Appeal in all of its food outlets as well as online.

Further afield, the World Council of Credit Unions in the United States has launched a fundraising campaign to help the staff and members of Nepalese credit unions.

The World Council, which is the global trade organisation for credit unions, is liaising with the Nepal Federation of Savings & Credit Co-operative Unions and the Association of Asian Confederation Credit Unions to support the staff and members of Nepal’s credit unions, known locally as Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies (SACCOs).

Martin adds: “It is good to see that, in line with our ethical principles, credit unions and co-operatives around the world are doing their bit to support the relief effort and to help raise much-needed funds.”

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