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Disaster Profile

On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal near the capital city of Kathmandu; the worst of its kind in more than 80 years. More than 9,000 people lost their lives, a further 23,000 were injured and there was major destruction of homes infrastructure. The earthquake resulted in more than 5,000 schools being damaged or completely destroyed. On May 12, 2015, a second 7.3 earthquake struck the country, causing further devastation and loss of lives. 72 hours after the first earthquake, we were on the ground assisting the affected communities.

Our Work

After more than four years in Nepal, we have impacted more than 22,000 lives through our relief efforts, putting families back in homes and children back in schools in the districts of Kathmandu, Sindhupalchowk and Nuwakot. The Nepalese people are still in dire need and children are still unable to go to school or are attending unsafe, temporary schools. As a result, we have re-focused our efforts on one goal: getting the children of Nepal back to school.

We reopened our Nepal Earthquake Recovery program after monsoon season and welcomed volunteers to help rebuild and repair three schools in the Sindhuli district. Our reopened program focused on rebuilding the Shree Ma Vii School, the Shree Uccha Ma Vii School and the Saraswati school. After successfully completing our work on the Uccha Ma Vii school, we undertook work on a fourth school –– Jana Jagriti Secondary school. Our efforts were focused on providing disaster-resilient classrooms, providing appropriate toilets and installing water filtration systems for safe drinking water.

In October 2019, our team will return to Nepal to continue work on another three schools –– Manakamana Basic School, Shree Janakalyan Ni Ma Vi School and Shree Thakureshwor Ni Ma Vi School. 

Manakamana Basic School is located in Hetauda, within the Makwanpur district and accommodates around 140 students from early childhood development to Grade 8. We will be rebuilding six classrooms including the office and computer room, as well as building a kitchen. 

Within the Marin Rural Municipality, within the Sindhuli district, we will be working on Shree Janakalyan Ni Ma Vi School and Shree Thakureshwor Ni Ma Vi School. 

Shree Janakalyan Ni Ma Vi School  accommodates around 170 students from early childhood development to Grade 8 and we will be rebuilding three classrooms, as well as a new toilet block for the school. Shree Thakureshwor Ni Ma Vi School accommodates around 170 students from early childhood development to Grade 8 and we will be rebuilding 12 classrooms as well as a new toilet block for the school. 

We will have a highly experienced team of construction and engineering specialists working on all of the schools to ensure they are built to the highest standards.

Our Impact

Our work is not done yet and as we prepare to reopen our program in Nepal, we would like to ask for your support by donating or signing up to volunteer today.

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Students Helped

Program Work

The Nepalese people are still in dire need and children are still unable to go to school or are attending unsafe, temporary schools. As a result, we have re-focused our efforts on one goal: getting the children of Nepal back to school. In October 2019, our team will return to Nepal to continue work on another three schools –– Manakamana Basic School, Shree Janakalyan Ni Ma Vi School and Shree Thakureshwor Ni Ma Vi School.

Rebuilding schools

Children may be placed in Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) for years after a disaster if the original school was completely destroyed. Rebuilding schools entail the ground-up construction of permanent structures like classrooms, toilets, handwashing facilities, and retaining walls. We rebuilt 13 schools in Nepal following the 2015 earthquakes. The objective is to construct safe, earthquake resilient classrooms and toilet facilities which would lead to an increased standard of education.

Rebuilding schools

Children may be placed in Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) for years after a disaster if the original school was completely destroyed. Rebuilding schools entail the ground-up construction of permanent structures like classrooms, toilets, handwashing facilities, and retaining walls. We rebuilt 13 schools in Nepal following the 2015 earthquakes. The objective is to construct safe, earthquake resilient classrooms and toilet facilities which would lead to an increased standard of education.

Skills DevelopmentSkills Development

An example is our Female Mason Program, where we worked on the accreditation process for female masons and prepared them for the skill set evaluation. All 32 masons participated in the Peace Technical Center exam and all 32 have passed it.

Skills DevelopmentSkills Development

An example is our Female Mason Program, where we worked on the accreditation process for female masons and prepared them for the skill set evaluation. All 32 masons participated in the Peace Technical Center exam and all 32 have passed it.

Students in Nepal

Installing Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WaSH) facilities

Water Sanitation and Hygiene initiatives aim to improve the health of children and community members by reducing the incidence of water and sanitation-related illnesses. All Hands and Hearts has improved both the physical environment and cleanliness schools by adding facilities like hand-washing stations and toilets and also taught life skills and hygiene behaviours like tooth brushing.

Students in Nepal

Installing Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WaSH) facilities

Water Sanitation and Hygiene initiatives aim to improve the health of children and community members by reducing the incidence of water and sanitation-related illnesses. All Hands and Hearts has improved both the physical environment and cleanliness schools by adding facilities like hand-washing stations and toilets and also taught life skills and hygiene behaviours like tooth brushing.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Dan

Dan spent four months in Nepal and shares his experience learning from local masons.

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