5 June 2015
WYG has pledged £20,000 to support Community Action Nepal (CAN) in its reconstruction effort following the devastating earthquakes on 25 April and 12 May. We will lend our skills, expertise and capability to deploy resources within challenging environments in order to help rebuild the destroyed Health Post at Kutumsang to anti-seismic standards.
Graham Olver, Chief Operating Officer, WYG, comments: “Our in-house capability to provide comprehensive “Duty of Care” for our employees puts us in a privileged position to assist Community Action Nepal with the skilled support that they so desperately need at this time. Our knowledge and expertise can make a tangible difference to those communities and it is our duty to help those whose lives have been left devastated by this natural disaster.”
Speaking at the British Expertise Networking Event at the House of Lords on Thursday 04 June, Graham Olver (pictured above) announced the company’s commitment to contribute funds and professional skills in Nepal and appealed to other organisations present to do the same.
Sir Chris Bonington (pictured left), famed British mountaineer and patron of CAN, was also speaking at the British Expertise reception to highlight the charity’s activities and the challenges it currently faces in the aftermath of the quakes.
CAN is a UK based charity working in partnership with mountain villages and communities to provide health, education, income generation, cultural and mountain welfare facilities. All 40 of the projects currently supported by the organisation have suffered structural damage, and well over half of these community assets will need total rebuilding or significant reconstruction. Although their immediate efforts are focussed on supporting the disaster relief, CAN’s longer term goals remain the same.
For more information about Community Action Nepal, visit www.canepal.org.uk
Photo credits: British Expertise International, John Deehan photography
Kutumsang Health Post before the quakes:
Kutumsang Health Post after the quakes: