Search

Inter-faith prayers in Whitechapel to boost Nepal Disaster Appeal

PUBLISHED: 11:42 01 May 2015

Devastation... Nepal Earthquake disaster appeal: www.dec.org.uk [photos: Islamic Relief]

Devastation... Nepal Earthquake disaster appeal: www.dec.org.uk [photos: Islamic Relief]

Islamic Relief

Hundreds of people are expected at an inter-faith prayer assembly in London’s East End today with an appeal for donations to the Nepal earthquake disaster international relief operation.

Roads destroyed, hampering relief convoys... Nepal Earthquake disaster appeal: www.dec.org.ukRoads destroyed, hampering relief convoys... Nepal Earthquake disaster appeal: www.dec.org.uk

The assembly held at the East London Mosque in Whitechapel begins at 12-noon, organised by the Islamic Relief charity.

“Muslims, Jews and Christians have come together across the country to show their support for the people of Nepal,” a charity spokesman said.

“The events like this on ein Whitechapel today have been organised to highlight the role that faith groups are playing in the relief effort, and raise awareness of how people can support the relief operation.”

Jehangir Malik, UK director of Islamic Relief, is joining leaders of the three faiths for the assembly to boost the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

Thousands lose their homes... Nepal Earthquake disaster appeal: www.dec.org.ukThousands lose their homes... Nepal Earthquake disaster appeal: www.dec.org.uk

The appeal has already raised £26 million, following last Saturday’s devastating earthquake which has affected eight million people, many made homeless.

Food, water, relief supplies and shelter kits are being airlifted to remote villages cut off by the disaster.

An estimated eight million people have been affected by the earthquake across a remote region with poor services and a precarious road network. A-third of the population was already living two or more hours’ walk from the nearest good road. Journeys that used to take four hours are now taking aid organisations one-and-a-half days, following landslides and destruction.

“Aid teams are working round-the-clock to get supplies into Nepal and to people who need it,” Appeals committee chief Saleh Saeed said.

“Getting the huge amount of essential supplies needed to the hundreds of thousands of people whose homes have been damaged or destroyed is a huge logistical challenge. It is being hampered by the limited capacity of the one main airport and extremely difficult terrain in the areas affected.

Aid agencies have already distributed shelter materials to camps in the Kathmandu Valley and 750 shelter kits will reach remote Dolarka tomorrow. Aid is getting though by any means possible, including tractor in some cases.

Fuel shortages, power cuts and communications black outs are all making aid delivery more difficult.

Donations to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal can be made online, by phone 24 hours a day on 0370 60 60 900, or at high street banks and post offices. Donations of £5 can also be made by texting “SUPPORT” to 70000.

Latest East London News Stories

Yesterday, 18:00

Optician director Jayesh Maru has seen his way to the ancient mountain-top Inca capital of Machu Picchu and has found his way back to east London.

Yesterday, 13:36

Children have spent four years researching the life of a pupil at their school more than 100 years ago who was later awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously after being killed in the First World War.

Yesterday, 09:54

Small businesses occupying railway arches in east London facing crippling rent rises as much as 350 per cent have been promised a tenants’ charter to safeguard their trading.

Yesterday, 09:00

The indie/folk band Bon Iver will close the second All Points East festival with a headline gig in Victoria Park on Sunday June 2.

Mon, 18:00

Live TV cameras are going behind the scenes at the Royal London Hospital to record how surgeons operate.

Mon, 15:41

A serving East London police officer in the has been found guilty of allowing laundered money to be held in his bank account.

Mon, 07:00

NHS staff at hospitals across east London are almost twice as likely to be victims of abuse as the national average, according to the results of an England-wide healthcare survey.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Seafarers past and present fell silent in Tower Hamlets this morning to remember those killed and lost in war, commemorating a century since Armistice Day.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Are you a landlord looking for a fixed rental income, paid whether the property is empty or not? Steve Westley, general manager at estate agents Elliot Leigh, explains their Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it takes the stress out of letting your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now