A LEEDS mum who helps run a charity for children in Nepal, is launching an urgent appeal to help earthquake survivors.
Paula Kershaw, from Harehills, who travels over to Kathmandu each year for the Pegasus Children’s Project, says the disaster which has claimed thousands of lives so far, has had a devastating impact affecting eight million people.
The charity’s home for orphans and children has been wrecked by the earthquake with building damage and broken windows.
The facility for orphans and youngsters from large families and is situated 35 miles from the Nepali capital.
Pegasus offers support and education until youngsters are deemed old enough to leave home.
Paula, who also runs Leeds Children’s Circus, said she was contacted by managers at the project to say there had been a terrible earthquake and damage caused, but no one inside was badly hurt. The north’s fundraiser for Pegasus said: “I had a message from Nepal.
“It was 7.9 on the Richter scale and the after tremors 6.8 which is really high.
“Fortunately all 94 children in our care are ok as are the staff,
“We have not heard from a total of six of the older people who have recently left care
“Kathmandu is devastated.
“The charity has invested in earthquake proof pod buildings which have survived but lots of help is needed.
“I would urge anyone who can to donate as it will go straight to the streets of Nepal.”
If you can help see www.pegasuschildren.btck.co.uk.