FUNDRAISING FOR THE CHILDREN AFFECTED BY THE EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL
Hand In Hand is praying for the people of Nepal! A deadly earthquake of the magnitude of 7.8 struck central Nepal on April 25, causing a major devastation in the country with more than 4,300 fatalities to date.
It is estimated that the earthquake affected 8 million people spread in 39 different districts in the country. According to the organization Save the Children, there are approximately 320,000 children that have lost everything in the earthquake and are currently homeless.
In an effort to alleviate the suffering of the children affected by the earthquake, Hand In Hand is gathering donations to forward to international organization that are working with the children of Nepal. These organizations are Save the Children and Plan International.
You can help by donating directly to the website of the mentioned organizations, or through our PayPal account by clicking HERE
Let’s gather in our efforts to help Nepal!
USCIS NOTICE REGARDING ADOPTION FROM NEPAL
Hand In Hand sometimes receives inquiries from families about adopting from countries in which there was recently a natural disaster, recently Nepal. We wish to pass along the following information from USCIS, which handles U.S. immigration processing for adoptive children, so families understand that it takes much time to determine which children are candidates for international adoption. If you wish to donate, that is the best way currently to help the children there.
"USCIS recognizes that many U.S. citizens wish to help and adopt Nepali children affected by the recent earthquake.
"USCIS cautions that adoption by a U.S. citizen, by itself, does not make the child a U.S. citizen or immediately eligible to immigrate to the United States.
"Before a child may immigrate to the United States immediately as a result of an intercountry adoption or proposed intercountry adoption, USCIS must determine that the child qualifies as an “orphan” under the immigration laws of the United States, and that the adoptive parents are capable of providing proper care. The proper authorities in the child’s country of origin must also determine whether the child can be legally adopted under the country’s laws. USCIS considers specific facts in each case to make a determination.
"It is not uncommon in an emergency for children to be temporarily separated from their parents, other family members or legal guardians. Efforts to reunite such children with family or legal guardians must be given priority.
"For more information about adoptions in Nepal visit our Adoption Information: Nepal Web page. You can also visit the Department of State’s Intercountry Adoption Web page on Nepal for information on how to provide support to Nepali children in this time of crisis.