by esther nimmo
10 May 2015 8:09 PM AEST: Australian will provide additional support to help Nepal recover, rebuild and rehabilitate from the ravages of the devastating April 25 earthquake, the Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop announced today.
“Our thoughts continue to be with the millions of people affected by this tragic event,” minister Bishop said in a press statement today, indicating Australia has not forgotten the people of Nepal in these difficult times.
“Funding of an additional $10 million will provide critical assistance to help people rebuild their lives,” she said. This brings the Australian aid to Nepal to a total of $20 million making the Commonwealth of Australia one of Nepal’s key reconstruction partners as the Himalayan nation prepares to deal with the ravages of the temblor.
It is understood the package will be implemented both through international and Australian organisations, instead of the money going directly to the Government of Nepal.
“Our support will also help the people of Nepal to have a greater role in the reconstruction of their communities,” the statement added.
The fund will be spent under the following headings:
“women and vulnerable communities to establish small businesses and generate income;
vulnerable children to go back to school, with a focus on girls and children with disability; and
rebuilding better and safer education infrastructure with advice from Australian engineering experts.”
In the aftermath of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade fielded over 2400 calls, confirmed the safety of 1525 Australians and permanent residents in Nepal, and provided consular assistance to hundreds of Australians, it said.