Red Cross Societies Continue Relief Efforts in Nepal

Jeff Pesek guides the policies of four Chicago-area high schools as president of the J. Sterling Morton High School District 201 Board of Education. In addition to his activities as school board president, Jeff Pesek supports the work of aid organizations such as the Red Cross.

The Red Cross has been hard at work recently assisting the people of Nepal following a deadly earthquake that shook the country on April 25, 2015. The 7.8-magnitude quake and its accompanying aftershocks caused thousands of deaths and injuries and left families throughout the country without shelter and other basic necessities.

In the days immediately following the disaster, Red Cross Societies from around the world rushed into Nepal to support the efforts of first responders and to distribute tarpaulins and relief kits containing clothing, mosquito nets, kitchen items, and personal hygiene supplies. For its part, the American Red Cross has committed an initial $1 million for the relief efforts in Nepal and has sent eight disaster specialists to the country, where they are currently working to coordinate recovery planning, set up cash transfer programs, and provide information management support, among other things.

For more about the Red Cross’ activities in Nepal, or to help the people affected by the earthquake, visit


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