Nepal Earthquake Relief
On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal near the capital city of Kathmandu; the worst in more than 80 years. Sadly, over 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.
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After more than five years in Nepal, we’ve impacted 22,000+ lives through our relief efforts. In October 2019, our team returned to Nepal to continue work on another three schools –– Shree Manakamana Basic School, Shree Janakalyan Ni Ma Vi School and Shree Thakureshwor Ni Ma Vi School.
Our teams have made great progress on schools within the Marin Rural Municipality. Shree Manakamana Basic School is complete, and we are monitoring local restrictions to determine if, and when, local staff can return to the Janakalyan and Thakureshwor schools to complete construction and finalize the buildings. The monsoon season typically starts in mid-June so there is a critical need to make the schools safe so children can relocate from temporary classrooms into the main buildings and have appropriate shelter. If staff can’t continue this completion work due to COVID-19 restrictions, the sites will stay closed until the monsoon season recedes in October.
72 hours after the first earthquake struck, we were on the ground assisting affected communities – helping to put families back in homes and children back in schools in the districts of Kathmandu, Sindhupalchowk, Sindhuli and Nuwakot. Thanks to the support of our partners, donors, local community and volunteers from around the world, we have been running impactful programs in Nepal since 2015.
Our team successfully constructed the Manakamana Basic School in the Makwanpur Municipality, providing safe, disaster-resilient learning facilities for the Manakamana students.
Additionally, we completed projects that aim to address the severe shortage of water in the community; our volunteers worked hand in hand with the community to build two water tanks, each with a capacity of twenty thousand liters. We’ve also installed a rainwater harvesting system and built a fifty thousand liter retention tank at the school to capture monsoon rains. Our work also supported the local government’s lunch program for students; we built a new kitchen with improved stove, kitchen counters and utensils. Throughout the program, various trainings were conducted, including disaster risk reduction, WASH and child right protection.
Volunteer Spotlight: Dan
Dan spent four months in Nepal and shares his experience learning from local masons.
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