A "CRUEL trick" has left Andrea Nave, from the Forget Me Not Children's Home, devastated after it was revealed one of their girls was still missing more than a week after an earthquake left Nepal in ruins.
Ms Nave, the organisation's chief executive officer, was relieved to hear all of the girls were safe this week after days of trying to make contact with the children under their care.
But yesterday a man answered the phone that Forget Me Not officials had used to make earlier contact with Alisha, one of the home's girls who lives with her family in one of the area's worst affected by the earthquake. Carers were told the man they had spoken to was not her father and had no knowledge of her.
The organisation has now received more than $38,000 in donations and pledges since the earthquake struck and Ms Nave said some of that money would now be spent trying to reach Alisha and confirm that she and her family are safe.
Ms Nave said it could take up to four days to trek to the area where Alisha lived and three days had already been lost thanks to the fake confirmation that she was safe.
Ms Nave said she had a special thanks to those on the Fraser Coast who were donating - and she was especially grateful to a 92-year-old woman from Hervey Bay who donated $1000 to the cause.
She said an elderly Maryborough woman, who had previously visited Kathmandu with the organisation, had also donated $1000.
Although a target of $55,000 has been set, Ms Nave is hoping as much money will be raised as possible so that the organisation can help displaced children throughout Nepal in the aftermath of the earthquake.
A new home will also need to be found for the children who live at the children's home, as the building was found to have been substantially damaged by the earthquake and will need to be demolished.