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Newman's Own Foundation Supports Nepal Relief Effort

August 31, 2015


Newman’s Own Foundation has awarded two grants of $100,000 each to support rebuilding efforts in earthquake ravaged Nepal. The two organizations, Possible and Peace Winds America, have been working on the ground in Nepal for many years.  On April 25, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck there, killing more than 9,000 people and injuring more than 23,000. On May 12, another earthquake occurred along the same fault. The devastation caused by these earthquakes was immense and the international community reacted quickly to provide support to alleviate the most immediate needs on the ground. 

When the need arises, Newman’s Own Foundation provides support following major catastrophes. The Foundation’s approach to funding disaster relief efforts around the globe is intended to be both thoughtful and purposeful.  Following the initial influx of donor support to handle immediate needs, the Foundation works to assess the long-term needs for critical areas such as healthcare and housing, often funding smaller, well-established, locally-based organizations that focus on rebuilding efforts.
Possible: Possible delivers high-quality, low-cost healthcare to the world's poor. Since 2008, Possible has treated over 250,000 patients in rural Nepal. Support from Newman’s Own Foundation will assist Possible in rebuilding Nepal's healthcare facilities in Dolakha, Central Nepal, where an estimated 40% of the population has had no access to healthcare since the earthquake. Possible is also partnering with Nepal’s government to restructure the rural healthcare system to provide enhanced care for 186,000 people.
Peace Winds America: Peace Winds America is dedicated to reducing the devastating impact of natural disasters in the Asia Pacific.  It strengthens disaster preparedness in the Asia Pacific region through capacity building, coordination and collaboration. Funding from Newman’s Own Foundation will support a Nepal Earthquake Shelter Recovery Program to provide displaced earthquake survivors with materials to erect temporary shelters, followed by conversion to semi-permanent shelters, with special attention to housing for women-led families.