NGO’s teams need cash to help after second quake in Nepal

2015-05-13 11:13
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GIFT of the Givers’ Dr Imtiaz Sooliman yesterday said they are depending on cash donations to assist those in need in Nepal after a second powerful earthquake struck the area yesterday.

Speaking to The Witness, Sooliman said no Gift of the Givers medical or volunteer teams will be sent this time as “most areas are completely inaccessible”.

“We are depending on cash donations to assist them on that side. It is much better to buy stuff there than to purchase it here and then transport it,” he said.

A strong 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the area close to Mount Everest yesterday, two weeks after the first earthquake hit the country.

Sooliman revealed how he had a hunch that a major earthquake would strike somewhere in the world shortly before the first Nepal earthquake struck.

“I had a feeling that the next disaster we would answer to would be an earthquake. I told my teams to be ready. I didn’t know when or where it was going to happen, but I foresaw our next mission,” said Sooliman, adding that the Gift of the Givers teams were ready and responded to the Nepal earthquake within four hours.

“The teams were ready and they came fast … they came with commitment and passion. They were fantastic and the people of Nepal didn’t want us to leave.”

During their 10-day stay, Sooliman said the teams would often feel tremors and at one stage he considered pulling the group out of the dormitory they were staying in.

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Donations for Nepal can be made into thefollowing account:

International Projects

Standard Bank

Pietermaritzburg (Branch code 057525)

Gift of the Givers Foundation

Account number: 052278611

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