The Coalition Responds to Flooding in Nepal

Our thoughts are with all those affected by the floods in Nepal, where severe flooding from monsoon rains has caused significant damage and loss of life this week. Many Hilton Prize Coalition members are in the region working to provide relief as best as possible in affected areas.

When disaster strikes, the Coalition activates internal protocols under its Disaster Preparedness and Response Program to connect member organizations working in the affected region. This connection allows the organizations to share information with each other about the ongoing impact as well as resources needed. Such a connection is in process now in Nepal, where Sumnima Shrestha, Hilton Prize Coalition Collaboration Coordinator and Communications and Resource Mobilization Manager for Heifer International Nepal, is establishing contact with other Coalition members to share information and identify potential opportunities for collaboration where possible.

Earlier this year Sumnima organized a Coalition-led Disaster Preparedness and Response Planning (DPRP) workshop in Kathmandu that focused on developing objectives of joint disaster preparedness. The workshop, which was attended by representatives of nine Coalition member organizations, built on a collaboration that had been initiated through the production of the Coalition’s documentary film, “On Shifting Ground,” about the response of six member organizations to the great earthquake of 2015.  A resolution of this event was the formation of a task force comprised of BRAC, Handicap International, Heifer International, and SOS Children’s Villages to develop an official Coalition response plan for future disasters. To read more about that event, click here.

For updates on the impact of the disaster and Heifer International’s work to respond, visit Heifer’s website and blog.

(Photo from Heifer International’s blog)

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