Nepal earthquake victims need support

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Sussex Newspapers’ campaign to help the earthquake victims in Nepal is gathering pace but more support is needed.

The Esther Benjamins Trust usually works against trafficking, which takes place in the remote rural area of Makwanpur.

However, since the earthquakes it has shifted its focus to helping victims of the natural disasters. The charity’s chief executive Ian Kerr lives in Eastbourne and has been working locally to raise as much money as possible.

A recent Nepali dinner at the Rompa Tennis Club raised around £2,400 and attracted supporters from as far away as Hampshire and Reading.

The Trust will also hold a dog walk on Sunday, June 21 at 10.30am from the East Dean car park to The Tiger Inn. Everyone is welcome including those who are not dog owners, as the Trust has arranged for some pooches to be available for the event.

Ian Kerr says there are other ways locals can help.

He said, “People can hold their own events. They do not need out approval, but we can provide literature and general support if it is required.

“We also have a video about our work in Nepali schools and would like them to be shown at clubs, church groups and schools.”

The funds will help rebuild schools and temporary housing. They will also be supplying additional foodstuffs, medicines, water purification and seeds for replanting.

Call Ian Kerr on 01323 422 256, email or donate directly to CAF Bank, The Esther Benjamins Trust, account number: 00085932, sort code: 40-52-40.

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