BBC Radio Interview of Salman Malik
A Radio interview with Salman Malik discussing the work Humanity First have been doing in Nepal after the earthquakes.
BBC Leeds Radio interview with Salman Malik
BBC Leeds Radio interview with Salman Malik discussing the work Humanity First have been doing in Nepal after the earthquakes.
BBC Radio Leicester interview with Kalpesh Diyar
BBC Radio Leicester broadcast of a short extract of comments from Kalpesh Diyar, a local firefighter about his experiences in Nepal.
Thursday 14th May
Our staff have been working with our local partner Ahmadiyya Saung Nepal this week to plan aid shipments, build a camp for over 150 in Kathmandu and assess needs for the next phase. Today the team returned to the Gorkha district to identify the most needy beneficiaries for the next phase of our work.
We have over 500 water survival boxes from World Water Works in Bath ready to send and considering local assistance from the Nepal Trust. A sample box is already there and the tools came in handy when setting up the emergency shelter after Tuesday's earthquake.
We are also grateful to the many small and medium businesses in the UK that have donated to our relief efforts this week.
Radio Interview with Salman Malik on the second Nepal earthquake
Medical Team members interviewed on BBC Radio after their return from Nepal
Wednesday 13 May - Radio interview with Kapesh Diyar, HF Medical Team in Nepal
Kalpesh Diyar is a paramedic based in Leicester who has been working with Humanity First in Haiti & Africa.
Tuesday 12th May
Since the earthquake this morning, there have been several aftershocks and reports of landslides. People are reported to be buried under rubble, many are sleeping in tents again through fear, and the airport in Kathmandu is still closed. According to UN OCHA, from today's quake, the death toll is 24 and 543 people have been injured, but as before, news from the districts is slowly coming in.
A huge earthquake reported to be 7.3 magnitude occurred just east of Kathmandu. The tremors were felt for over 30 seconds in the capital and unnerved people in temporary shelter just trying to recover from the original quake two weeks ago. HF team managed to evacuate buildings and are safe, but it will take a few hours to understand scale of additional damage here.
This afternoon we worked with the local Ahmadiyya Saung Nepal team led by Ismail Tahir to set up a camp for 150 women and children at the Golfutar Children's Park in Kathmandu. People are still shaken by today's earthquake and the aftershocks. Dr Aziz Hafiz, HF DR Director working in Kathmandu reported earlier at the time of the quake "the shock on people's faces was visible".
Monday 11th May
Dr. Aziz Hafiz and Adil Zafar from the UK arrived in Kathmandu. Working with the local team and volunteers from India. Our local partners Ahmadiyya Saung Nepal have been very efficient in making arrangements as always. Continuing plans and liaison to ease flow of additional aid supplies through Kathmandu airport.
Sunday 10th May
The team of 12 arrived back at Heathrow at 07:30 to be met by representatives of the Nepalese community in London who wished to show their appreciation and put garlands on the team. Later in the day, a team of two led by our DR Director Dr Aziz Hafiz left for Kathmandu.
The Courage of Those Who Serve; A Daughter's Story
On the 25th of April 2015, after the devastating news about the powerful earthquake in Nepal hit our screens, I knew that many charities, like the international charity 'Humanity First', would be putting together a 'disaster-response' proposal. I also knew that it was highly likely my father would feature in that proposal somewhere.
Not too long had passed and a missed call flashed up on my phone; 'Father', it read. My heart both leapt and sank with the same beat. I knew what that missed call meant; my father was going! I was flooded with conflicting emotions. First and foremost, I was proud because I have a father who has the strength and courage to rush out to places that I couldn't imagine in my worst nightmares; a man who puts his own emotions to the side so that he can relieve others of their hurt and suffering in any way he can. He's a "doer" and doesn't sit, pondering over whether or not he could help, but leaps into action and works how best to help.
My father is Dominic Morgan, a former fireman, and he has been in Nepal for over a week now. He is my linchpin and I am so honoured to be his daughter. The truth is that I couldn't bear to lose him, yet each time he's part of a disaster relief team, I don't know whether he will be coming back or not. I want to ask him to stay because I am scared, but I realise how selfish that would be to deprive others from the support and medical assistance he could provide in these terrible situations.
To help others is simply innate within him.
I spent the hours after I had said goodbye to him analysing the tone of his voice in our last conversation. I usually do this as it allows me to judge how bad things really are and the level of danger that he is about to walk into. Without having to ask for the precise details, on this occasion I could tell that he was upset. I also tried to remember his exact last words, knowing that they might have been our last. The reality is that each time he responds to a disaster, he doesn't know what he is walking into.
My father volunteers for 'Humanity First', a charity that is extremely close to both of our hearts. He has been a Humanity First volunteer since 2005 and served with them in Pakistan, Haiti, Gambia, Uganda and now in Nepal.
My father is by no means alone; many have joined him. And I find it both amazing and admirable that so many selfless men and women, from around the globe, have dropped everything to go and provide medical relief and support to the beleaguered Nepalese people. Fully aware of the danger, devastation and heartache they knew were in store for them, these men and women, chose to leave the comfort of their homes to help others in the most desperate of situations.
Whilst most of us at home simply sit and watch the news, able to change the channel when we see something that upsets us, such disaster-response teams don't have that luxury. They have to dig deep and see and feel the suffering of the injured, mourners and the destitute. They experience the aftermath too, such as landslides, aftershocks and unstable buildings that may collapse. The things they see and feel don't just disappear when they catch a flight home.
However, the reassurance I have is that my father is with a team of exceptional people made up of some of the UK's finest surgeons, doctors and paramedics. I know that Humanity First is an amazing charity. They strive to relieve the suffering of others that has been caused by natural disasters and human conflict, irrespective of race, religion or politics. They are so effective because they use the wealth of talent they already have, whether that be administrative, medical or surgical or just someone simply volunteering to help.
Not all of us have the expertise required to help in a disaster zone, but we all can contribute to the cause. This could be by giving food to the nearest food bank, a financial contribution or simply supporting those who have flown out there in any way they require.
The part I love most about this charity is that they continue their work in the disaster struck villages and countries for months and years after the initial disaster. They don't forget about the victims. They stay and help the people become independent again and empower them to get back on their feet. What most of us probably don't have any prospective on is the length of time it takes for a person or a country to recover from one of these disasters.
For us back home, it stops being a disaster the last time the news channels air the story. However, Humanity First and people like my father recognise that there is a long old road ahead and these people need our continued support.
How about we give it to them?
Written by Kelly Morgan, daughter of Dominic Morgan, Humanity First's Head of Assessment
7 May - Radio interviews on with directors of Medical and Disaster Relief
Wednesday 6th May
The death toll from the Nepal earthquake stands at 7,673 of which the majority (7,566) are in Nepal, and others in India, China and Bangaldesh. There are also 17,262 injured. The death toll will rise as teams search across outlying villages especially near the epicentre. Over 366,000 homes are known to have been destroyed or damaged and there will need to be a focus on reconstruction. With toilets and water infrastructure damaged, precautions are being taken against potential disease outbreaks.
8 members of our medical team continued to work in the Gorkha District led by Dr. Daud Chou. Yesterday they treated 372 patients in Tinmane making the total treated by HF so far over 1,000 patients this week. Some of the team returned to Kathmandu yesterday to be potentially redeployed to Lapu. One of them, Adrian Robinson, delighted in his first cold drink after four days in hot, dusty mountain terrain and long treks on difficult roads. Brian Wilson has been working with the UN in Kathmandu on logistics to efficiently ship additional relief supplies such as survival boxes and blankets into Nepal.
Back in the UK, while fund raising continues, there has been a lot of media interest including interviews and coverage with Dr Aziz Hafiz, Dr Hammad Khan, our partner Bishnu Gurung and Fazal Ahmad across Arise TV, MTA International, BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio London and BBC Radio Kent and coverage on Kent Online. An ad campaign is planned shortly on radio across London (more news to follow).
Interview with Humanity First on Arise News. Fazal Ahmad, Head of Programmes was interviewed on Arise TV on 4th May with an in-depth discussion about the aid being provided in Nepal in response to the earthquake and other services and projects Humanity First are involved in.
Interview with Humanity First on Arise News.
Monday 4th May
To date the medical camp in Gorkha have treated over 600 patients. The medical team are working closely with government and UN teams to look into sending some of the team members to the villages of Lapu and Tiname. More supplies are being procured and will be sent by air to Nepal using the generous cargo services donated by a few airlines.
Saturday 2nd May
The Humanity First team, having been given permission by the Nepalese government, have been working in a medical camp set-up by the Ahmadiyya Sangh Nepal in the grounds of a school in the village of Batase in Gorkha district.
They have been aided by volunteers from the Ahmadiyya Jamaat, India, the Nepalese army and local people. Treatments were provided to over 150 people within a few hours with conditions ranging from simple toothache to severe respiratory failure. Some of the villagers have never seen a doctor before in their lives.
The team have been able to treat patients from 5 local villages and dispathed a mobile team to treat an acutely ill villager.
Team leader for the HF medical Disaster Response team, Dr Daud Chou said "It is extremely humbling to be able to serve the people of Nepal in partnership with the Ahmadiyya Sangh Nepal. The people of the Gorkha district have been devastated by the earthquake and we are extremely happy to be able to help them in their time of need."
Friday 1st May
Apart from members remaining to do UN liaison in Kathmandu, the bulk of the medical team left at 5am for the Gorkha district with their supplies. The route is difficult and it is expected to take some time for the team to get there. The Death toll now reported to be be 6,204 with 13,932 injured. Over 130,000 homes confirmed as destroyed and 2.8 million people displaced and in need of food and water.
Thursday 30th April
The medical team attended various UN cluster meetings on health, logistics and the WHO briefing in Kathmandu. A small delegation from Canada arrived via Hong Kong in the evening. An advance team headed off for the Gorkha region where the medical team will be working. Some of the team also visited parts of the city to survey the damage and how people are surviving. The Death toll is reported to be 5,500 with 11,000 injured, and 2.8 million people displaced.
HF Medical Team prepares for dispatch to Nepal - - 28 April 2015
Our team of 12 will be joining local teams from India and Nepal to deliver a range of aid to earthquake victims.
Many of the team were involved in the disaster training course held over the weekend of 25 April, when the news of the earthquake became known.
The team were seen off at Heathrow airport by local councillors Bishnu Gurung and Hanif Khan along with Seema Malhotra MP
We wish them all a safe journey and Godspeed.
Please continue to donate towards our appeal, usa.humanityfirst.org/donate .
Humanity First is registered in 43 countries across 6 continents, and has been working on human development projects and responding to disasters since 1994. These have included the earthquakes in Turkey, Pakistan, Japan and Iran, floods in Africa and Latin America, hurricanes (Katrina and Rita) , tornado's (Kansas) and wild fires (California) in the USA, Indonesia and Bangladesh, and conflicts in Eastern Europe.
Since its inception and IRS registration in 2004, Humanity First has been focused on spending most of the raised funds on direct program related expenses. As a result, more than 90% of its funds are in that expense category. This is achieved through dedicated volunteers in its management, and program operation teams.