MAXIMUS Employees Help Provide Hope in Nepal
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Project HOPE Volunteer Nurse Ann Perez helping one of the young victims of the earthquake in Nepal. Photo Credit: Project HOPE
On April 25, 2015, a severe earthquake with a 7.8 magnitude struck Nepal near the capital, Kathmandu. A second major earthquake measuring 7.3M followed two weeks later near the center of the original disaster. In a quick response, MAXIMUS employees and the Company contributed more than $29,000 in disaster relief. MAXIMUS partnered with Project HOPE, a humanitarian organization that provides health expertise, medical supplies and volunteer assistance in the wake of disaster. The disaster in Nepal claimed the lives of almost 9,000 people and left thousands more injured and without adequate access to safe water, shelter or sanitation. These factors make victims vulnerable to infection, threatening the survival of those effected by the natural disaster.
Through these donations, Project HOPE organized the transport, delivery and distribution of medication and medical supplies to hospitals in the impacted regions of Nepal. In addition, Project HOPE dispatched volunteer medical teams to directly support the people of Nepal. Their field blog provides real time updates on their efforts.
MAXIMUS employees have been able to make the work of volunteer nurses and doctors possible. The willingness to help those in need reflects the common commitment of MAXIMUS and its employees. MAXIMUS employee, Rebecca C. of California shared, “It makes me feel good that MAXIMUS is matching our donations because I would give more if possible, but having what I give be doubled...well, that is pretty impressive. Our work is special, and the love and character of the human heart when faced with such great challenge and tragedy is indeed humbling and inspiring at the same time.”