World Vision International president returns from Nepal

Calgary Herald

Kevin Jenkins wants Canadians to think of the people of Nepal as our neighbours.

After two earthquakes and dozens of aftershocks devastated the country, Jenkins, the president of World Vision International and a Calgarian, commended Canadians for their generosity.

“I think Canadians, in the initial response, have helped significantly,” Jenkins said, over the phone from the Kathmandu airport after two days assessing the situation on the ground.

“I would just encourage people to not lose focus, because this doesn’t get solved in the first six weeks,” he said.

Jenkins says World Vision has helped 60,000 people in Nepal already and is expecting to reach 150,000 soon as aid supplies are being moved more quickly into the country.

“I try to not just kind of hear the statistics and drive by,” said Jenkins.

“[I go] into homes or, more accurately these days, temporary shelters beside homes and talk to mothers and children … I’ve spent a lot of the last…

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