The South Asia Earthquake struck the Pakistan-administered and parts of the India-administered region of Kashmir on 8 October 2005. It registered a magnitude of 7.6 and caused widespread devastation. Almost 90,000 people died and more than 4 million were directly affected.
Because of the time of the day at which the earthquake struck, around 9 am, many children and teachers were in their classrooms and were buried in the rubble when the school buildings collapsed.
EI launched a solidarity appeal for financial assistance on 13 October 2005 to support the teachers and their families most adversely affected by the disaster. In co-operation with our affiliates, the Pakistan Teachers Organisation’s Council (PTOC) and the All India Association for Christian Higher Education (AIACHE), EI will distribute the funds received to the families of students and teachers who died or were injured. The funds will also be used to provide teaching material and essential equipment for badly damaged schools.
We would like to thank all the donors who have so generously contributed to the Solidarity Fund.