GCF Provides Relief to Earthquake Victims in Nepal

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Rev. Dennis McLain, Board of Directors Supply Food and Shelter to Displaced People

Reverend Dennis McLain, president of the Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF), has been distributing food and shelter to those devastated by the earthquake in Nepal.

The current harvest will meet their food needs,” says McLain. “Disaster relief needs to support the local economy, not destroy it.

Reverend Dennis McLain, president of the Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF), with the support of the Board of Directors, has been distributing food and shelter to those devastated by the earthquake in Nepal. GCF has allocated $100,000 for disaster relief and recovery efforts.

The initial response has been delivery of food and shelter to rural villages throughout the Katmandu Valley, which are often remote and difficult to reach. During McLain's visit he viewed first hand the destruction suffered by the Nepalese people because of the earthquake.

"Houses collapsed on themselves,” said McLain. "These buildings are made of rock, dirt, clay and wood. The first floor is for the animals, the second for family dwelling and the third for food storage. Everything was lost. Lives were saved because it didn't happen at night".

GCF, through its partnership with Rotary and a local foundation, is now moving into the recovery and reconstruction phase.

"The current harvest will meet their food needs,” says McLain. “Disaster relief needs to support the local economy, not destroy it.”

The coming monsoon adds concern about the safety and well being of the people. One farmer stated, "give us tin for a roof and we will rebuild our homes and our lives”. "The Nepalese are a proud and strong people,” McLain said. “They don't want charity, they want a chance.”

About Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF®)
Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF®) continues to be a leader in an era of change by providing the training required for the emerging world where technology is integrated into everyday life. The mission of GCF® is to create and provide education, employment and life enrichment opportunities regionally, nationally and internationally for people who desire to improve the quality of their lives.

The Durham-based tax-exempt organization provides employment, fresh produce and volunteer opportunities regionally across eastern North Carolina. Through online education at GCFLearnFree.org, GCFAprendeLibre.org, and GCFAprendeLivre.org GCF® provides no-cost lessons for people across the globe wishing to improve their knowledge in a variety of subjects.

All GCF programs are funded through revenue generated from the value of donated items to 38 Goodwill Community Foundation Donation Centers and Stores throughout eastern North Carolina. GCF also supports programs that provide employment opportunities for more than 300 people who earn an average of $20 per hour with benefits at these stores. For more information on GCF®, visit http://www.GCFGlobal.org.

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