The impact of Heart to Heart International’s relief operation in Nepal following the earthquake went beyond our medical team trekking into the mountains to treat earthquake survivors. Additionally, HHI provided a large amount of disaster supplies, medicine and materials to sustain relief efforts. Here are the numbers…
The big cubes in the back of the truck (pictured above) are just a few of the 40 stacked and plastic-wrapped pallets of supplies that HHI shipped via a FedEx Airlift in response to the devastating Nepal earthquake. This shipment was delivered to the relief organization Nazarene Compassionate Ministries for distribution. In total this shipment contained just more than 15 tons of supplies.
3,768 HHI Care Kits and Johnson & Johnson Hygiene Kits (both types assembled by HHI volunteers)
3,600 water filters, each providing up to 208 gallons of clean water per day
Tents to provide shelter for at least 120 people, and 180 disaster blankets
500 bottles of Biaxin to provide more than 2,000 courses of anti-biotic treatments
Part of this shipment included thousands of meals from the organization Stop Hunger Now. At our Operations Hub, we bundled 142,560 of their nutritious, dehydrated meals into the shipment bound for Nepal.
Fast Food Fact
The amount of food in HHI’s relief shipment could provide 6,788 people with 3 meals a day for a week, or 1,697 people with 3 meals/day for a month.
Because of our longstanding relationship with FedEx, we were in the position to help other aid agencies get their own relief supplies into Nepal. For Samaritan’s Purse and Water Missions International, we shipped an additional 26,000 pounds of supplies, mostly systems and materials to provide clean water.
Water Missions International – We shipped 12 complete water treatment systems for WMI, each providing up to 10,000 gallons of clean water per day.
Samaritan’s Purse – We moved 5,000 pounds of personal water filters, water storage bladders, collapsible jerry cans and Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) to Nepal for this organization.
The IEHK contains enough medicine and supplies to provide healthcare for up to 10,000 people for a period of three months.
As our medical team was enroute to Nepal, a large amount of medicine to treat a lot of people was on the way too. The Interagency Emergency Health Kit (IEHK) is a prepackaged emergency medical kit we purchased from a medical supplier in the Netherlands to support our team’s work. Once our team had completed its mission on the ground, we donated the remaining supplies of the IEHK to the International Medical Corps, an NGO that we’ve worked with for years, including in Liberia during the Ebola epidemic response.
And moving all of these supplies to the other side of the world for us – our partners at FedEx. Here’s a great infograph put together at the height of the response, highlighting the large amount of aid ferried from one side of the globe to the other.
Summing up the numbers – in the weeks following the Nepal Earthquake we shipped 87 pallets of medicine, disaster supplies and food.
HHI’s total to date – 29 tons of relief aid sent to help the people of Nepal.