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) of whom 1 million were estimated to be children.
The earthquake caused mass homelessness and destroyed infrastructure and services. Over 8,000 people were killed and many more injured. Sadly, more lives were lost when another 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit on 12 May.
The First Year - Relief Work
One Year On - Video Stories
Nepal's families came a long way in the first 12 months and your support has made a huge difference.
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We were already working in Nepal prior to the earthquake so we were able to respond 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.
Between April 2015 and September 2016 our Nepal Earthquake Response has provided 521,049 people with emergency relief assistance in some of the worst-affected districts. We've particularly supported the most vulnerable people: women, children and minority groups.
We've assisted thousands of vulnerable families with essential items including food, water and shelter supplies. We've helped people to access health services and education, despite several major challenges, including the monsoon rains, remoteness of many communities and fuel shortages.
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Highlights from the relief response
Children’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. 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.
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.Read more
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.
By providing teaching aids, learning materials, hygiene kits, student supplies and cash assistance we've helped more than 9,500 children to be 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 well-being.Read less
Food & 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. We also built or repaired toilets and constructed 91 water systems, providing over 100,000 people with access to clean water.Read less
The earthquake destroyed and badly damaged housing and personal belongings, leaving thousands of families homeless, and exposing them - especially children - to greater vulnerability and insecurity.Read more
The earthquake destroyed and badly damaged housing and personal belongings, 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
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.Read less
From October 2015, we started helping people to rebuild their lives and return to stability.
With a focus on health, livelihoods and education, and continuing to meet basic needs, we have been supporting communities to get back on their feet and provide an environment where children are safe and protected. We have helped vulnerable families and communities to re-establish livelihoods and businesses; a total of 194,304 people.
Photo: Children playing in the Child Friendly Space (CFS) set up by World Vision in Gorkha District. © 2015 | Sunjuli Kunwar | World Vision
Recovery highlights: Thanks to your support
- Farming: More than 7,840 farmers received assets, 1,089 households had help to rebuild livestock shelters, 9,110 people have been trained on crop production and 1,011 people on animal husbandry.
- Water: 9,203 homes can now have a toilet. 69 water supply systems have been fixed, while 4,702 families now have chlorination tabs. Alongside this, 13,200 people heard core hygiene messages.
- Schools: 3,200 children are back in school now, in 10 newly built or repaired buildings. 129 schools and centres for young children have received 499 teachers kits, 92 classroom kits and other educational materials. 470 teachers can help children who were affected by the earthquake, with new training in a Child Friendly Teaching Learning (CFTL) methodology and psychosocial counselling. And 31,437 children took part in extra-curricular activities on various themes such as Disaster Risk Reduction, life skills and child rights.
- Health: 16,571 people have taken part in mother and child health sessions at 44 Women, Adolescent, Youth and Child Spaces (WAYCS) that we've built. We've also been able to refit to health centres and build two more, as well as provide health management training, first aid and disaster training to 1,051 health workers.
REHABILITATION: Building back
But it's a long road with more to do. The Nepali people still face more challenges in their recovery from the devastating impact of the earthquake. The rehabilitation phase, which started in October 2016, will continue to meet the emergency needs, strengthen the resilience and self-recovery, and restore a sense of safety for earthquake affected children and their communities. It will focus on building communities' resilience through livelihoods and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.
During the 2016 monsoon season, we established several temporary satellite offices in order to continue response activities and supplies of humanitarian aid in the event of road blockages, flooding and landslides. We also pre-positioned relief kits for around 1,000 households. We used excavators to clear more than 15 small road blockages due to landslides caused by heavy rain. Additionally, we distributed 23 search and rescue tools including stretchers, first aid kits, and electric saws to Gorkha District Disaster Relief Committee (DDRC) as well as solar lights to 40 families.
The current winter season will exacerbate living conditions for people who lost their homes. Around 344,668 families living at high altitude are going through another harsh winter. We're working with other humanitarian agencies and government to provide help, including blankets, mattresses, coats, and sometimes fuel and heaters to about 1,500 affected families in December 2016 and January 2017.
One year after the earthquake, approximately 166,000 children still didn't have a permanent classroom. 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. The 'build back safer' principles, (safe learning facilities, school disaster management, risk reduction, and resilience education) will underpin the rehabilitation of education in Nepal. This includes training teachers in disaster management and psychosocial support, complementing the building construction, repair and retrofitting.
We hope that you continue to support us as we walk with the Nepali people through the next stage of their recovery.
DEC Funding: helping the people of Nepal
Funding from the DEC is also being used to help the nation recover. With funding from the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), in the first six months we helped around 107,000 people in the worst affected districts with shelter, food and water.
In the relief phase this included giving 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 set up 23 Women, Adolescent and Young Child Spaces to support the well-being and protection of over 2,800 pregnant and breastfeeding women, and children. We also gave direct cash assistance to 10,370 people so they could meet their basic, most urgent needs.
Between November 2015 and October 2016, we reached 35,463 people in the following ways:
- Improved access to primary health care facilities, counselling and nutritional support service.
- We constructed and equipped one health post that serves more than 4,000 people. As mothers and children continue to be a main priority for us, we're running 15 women and young child spaces and creating 14 more. They're spaces where women receive training and services focused on their nutrition and health and of their babies. We've also provided delivery kits and baby hygiene kits to mothers.
- Back to school campaigns classroom kits, student packs and book bags are all helping children return to school.
- We've given 800 women seeds for small scale agriculture to help them make an income and continue supporting their families.
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