LATEST VIDEO - ONE YEAR ON
Nepal's families have come a long way in the last 12 months and your support has made a huge difference. Please watch this video to see what you have achieved:
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Communities in Nepal were left in shock after a huge magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck on the morning of Saturday 25 April 2015, affecting more than 8 million people (OCHA) causing homelessness and destruction of infrastructure and services.
Over 8,000 people were killed in the earthquake and many more injured. Another 7.3 magnitude earthquake on 12 May killed even more people, damage to buildings and panicked already distressed and displaced communities.
One Year On - How We've Helped
Because we already work in Nepal, we responded quickly by distributing life-saving food and basic relief supplies.
We also helped with emergency shelter; health and nutrition; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); child protection; and education.
Our Nepal Earthquake Response has provided 386,984 people with emergency relief in some of the worst-affected districts. We've particularly supported the most vulnerable people: women, children and minority groups.
We also assisted thousands of vulnerable families with essentials including food, water and shelter supplies. We've helped people to access health services and education, despite several major challenges.
• Monsoon season brought heavy rains, which exacerbated the urgent need for shelter for the thousands who lost their homes in the earthquake.
• Nepal’s mountainous landscape made it difficult to reach remote communities with the relief they desperately needed.
• Later in the year, an informal border closure with India cut off the main supply of fuel for vehicles, cooking and manufacturing, and delayed relief supplies reaching those in need.
Highlights from the relief response:
Shelter and non-food itemsShelter and non-food items
The earthquake destroyed and badly damaged housing and personal belongings. According to OCHA over 600,000 houses and were destroyed and over 280,000 badly damaged by the earthquake and the subsequent aftershocksRead more
The earthquake destroyed and badly damaged housing and personal belongings. According to OCHA over 600,000 houses and were destroyed and over 280,000 badly damaged by the earthquake and the subsequent aftershocks, leaving thousands of families homeless, and exposing them - especially children - to greater vulnerability and insecurity.
To meet the needs of vulnerable families, we provided over 20,000 families with materials for makeshift shelters, including tarpaulins, tents or corrugated iron sheeting, rope and toolkits. Families also received kitchen kits, sleeping mats, solar lamps and warm winter clothing.Read less
Education and protectionChildren’s well-being is at the core of our humanitarian response
When a natural disaster occurs, children are always among the most vulnerable. 1.5 million children needed to regain a sense of normalcy in the aftermath of the earthquake. They need to be able to play and learn safely again.Read more
When a natural disaster occurs, children are always among the most vulnerable. 1.5 million children needed to regain a sense of normalcy in the aftermath of the earthquake. They need to be able to play and learn safely again.
This is vital as they develop a sense of belonging within their families, amongst peers and in their communities. To support children straight after the earthquake and aftershocks, 35 Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) were set up to provide immediate psychosocial support and a safe area to play and learn.
Having these safe places helps children, and their parents, cope with the situation, providing a place of inclusion and routine. Schools were still closed months after the quake, so we established Temporary Learning Centres (TLCs), where more than 8,000 students resumed learning and returned to a regular routine. These places also give children a chance to share their opinions on their needs and the help they're getting.
By providing teaching aids, learning materials, hygiene kits, student supplies and cash assistance we've helped to keep more than 9,500 children in schools where they can be protected and cared for. Teachers, volunteers and village committee members are also trained to provide psychosocial support - upholding child protection, rights and wellbeing.Read less
The nation’s public health system was significantly affected by the earthquake and aftershocks.Read more
The nation’s public health system was significantly affected by the earthquake and aftershocks. we repaired two health posts so that more than 13,000 people could receive health care again, and medical supplies were given to five health posts serving 60,000 people.
With funding from the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), we've also helped around 107,000 people in the most affected districts with shelter, food and water.
We've distributed shelter kits to over 9,500 people to keep them warm and dry, alongside 300 baby care kits, water purification tablets and hygiene kits.
We've set up 23 Women, Adolescent and Young Child Spaces to support the wellbeing and protection of over 2800 pregnant and breastfeeding women and children.
We've also given direct cash assistance to 10,370 people so they can meet their basic, most urgent needs.Read less
Water, Sanitation and HygieneFood and water
To meet the most urgent needs in the immediate aftermath, we provided 1,600 families with emergency food kits and more than 112,000 people received water purification tablets.Read more
To meet the most urgent needs in the immediate aftermath, we provided 1,600 families with emergency food kits and more than 112,000 people received water purification tablets.
With substantial damage to water supplies, toilets and other sanitation infrastructure, we built or repaired toilets and constructed 91 water systems, providing over 100,000 people with access to clean water.Read less
You can read our latest Nepal Earthquake Response Report below for more details:
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A year on, our role in Nepal is moving from emergency aid into recovery work. With a focus on health, livelihoods and education, and continuing to meet basic needs, we'll support communities to get back on their feet and provide an environment where children are safe and protected.
Photo: Children playing in the Child Friendly Space (CFS) set up by World Vision in Gorkha District. © 2015 | Sunjuli Kunwar | World Vision
We will be helping vulnerable families and communities to re-establish their livelihoods and businesses. We're repairing and reconstructing schools, health posts and WASH facilities in Nepal’s worst-hit districts.
A key part of recovery is supporting communities to be more resilient to and better prepared for future emergencies. This includes the 'building back better' principles which ensure that new homes and services can withstand future earthquakes.
But it's a long road with much still to do. One year after the earthquake, approximately 166,000 children still don’t have permanent classrooms. It's critical that schools are constructed and repaired and that the buildings, including Temporary Learning Centres, are equipped to withstand the next monsoon season. To improve access to and quality of education, we'll adopt a holistic approach to safe school recovery. 'Build back safer' principles, (safe learning facilities, school disaster management, risk reduction, and resilience education) will be the foundation of the rehabilitation of education in Nepal. Training teachers in disaster management and psychosocial support will complement the building construction, repair and retrofitting.
With DEC funds we also plan to:
• help 2,000 children access good quality basic education in a protective and child friendly environment
• support families, farmers and young people to increase their income through vocational and life skills training and seeds distribution for families
• continue helping families to have appropriate shelter and safe water sources. We also aim to repair and build latrines to create a sanitary and healthy environment for families, reducing their exposure to diseases.
• provide primary healthcare and nutrition services to more than 2,420 women, children and other vulnerable people, by training health care workers and running campaigns to prevent diseases.
WORLD VISION IN NEPAL
World Vision has been working in Nepal since 1982 with 205 staff on the ground. We do our long-term development work through 16 Area Development Programmes in 10 districts of Nepal.
Nepal is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. To help reduce the risks, World Vision has been conducting earthquake preparedness training for communities and schools in Lalitpur and Rupandehi Districts. So far these have reached over 65,000 people.
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