Nepal Earthquake Relief

Disaster Profile

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.

Our Work

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.

When we rebuild, we go beyond making strong structures. We aim to enrich community member’s lives, working with them to build a brighter, more resilient future. Over the years of rebuilding schools in remote communities in Nepal, we have developed and implemented Community Led Projects (CLP). A CLP is the process of working together to develop and achieve a locally owned vision and goal, which encourages wide participation of the community. Every step of the way we listen and learn from the community and have implemented CLP’s such as; female mason training – providing women with a trade to support themselves, English lessons for our masons and students of the schools – enhancing their confidence in English speaking settings, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) training – preparing communities for future natural disasters and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene(WaSH) training – building confidence in developing healthy hygiene and sanitation habits that will last a lifetime.

Additionally, we have implemented an Educational Technology (EdTech) project across six of our school rebuilds. This is the use of technological resources that facilitate learning and improve academic performance at selected schools. Piloted in the Bachchhala Secondary School rebuild in Nuwakot, we have gone on to implement this important project in five other schools: Shree Kalikasaran Basic School (Haibung 2019), Shree Ma Vi School (Bajhe 2019), Shree Manakamana Basic School (Makeanpur 2022), Shree Janakalyan Basic School (Marin 2022) and Shree Thakureshwor Basic School (Marin 2022). Thanks to our partners, OLE Nepal and Relief Nepal, we have worked with communities to enhance educational facilities across Nepal.

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Program History

Makwanpur, October 2019 – March 2020

In October 2019, our recovery efforts in Nepal continued, rebuilding Shree Manakamana Basic School in the Makwanpur Municipality. The impact of this effort provided more than 140 students in the village of Kusumtar with a safe space to learn. Additionally, we provided WaSH facilities, including a rain harvesting system and water tanks. Not did these efforts support the students of Manakamana Basic School with access to clean and safe water but we also provided an additional two 20,000l water tanks for the whole community which was formerly very water insecure.

Marin, November 2019 – April 2020

Alongside Program Makwanpur, we launched Program Marin in November 2019, rebuilding two schools, Shree Thakureshwor Ni Ma Vi and Shree Janakalyan Ni Ma Vi. At both schools, our work included rebuilding disaster-resilient classrooms, playgrounds and WaSH facilities including toilet blocks and hand-washing stations. This program impacted over 350 students in the region of Marin Rural Municipality, Sindhuli District.

Sindhuli, November 2018 – May 2019

In November 2018, we continued recovery efforts in the Sindhuli district rebuilding three schools, Shree Ma Vi, Sarswati and Jana Jagriti as well as rebuilding the WaSH facilities at Shree Uccha Ma Vi School.

Haibung, September 2017 – April 2018

Program Haibung saw the rebuild of four schools, Kalikasaran basic school, Nibugaun basic school, Dhauleshwori basic school and Jalpa Devi Secondary School. Additionally, we rebuilt WaSH facilities at Manakamana basic school which previously had no access to water.

Thulo, January 2017 – July 2017

In January 2017, we returned to Nepal to rebuild two schools, Shree Chamuna Basic School and Shree Kakaling Harisiddhi Secondary School, and provide vital repairs on Shree Janakalyan Basic School. This program impacted 750 students across the Sindhupalchok district.

Bach Sind, October 2016 – May 2017

Working alongside our Nuwakot Program, in October 2016, we rebuilt Shree Bachchhala Devi School. In the Sindhupalchowk district, the school was reduced from 15 operational rooms to rubble after the 2015 earthquakes. Our work at Shree Bachchhala Devi School impacted over 300 students.

Nuwakot, February 2016 – April 2017

In February 2016, our work in Nepal began in the Nuwakot district and involved initial response projects to support families and communities on the road to recovery, such as demolition of unsafe structures, rubble removal and the building of transitional housing for vulnerable, disaster-affected households. In total, our response work impacted 113 households. In addition to response work, we began our school rebuild program. We rebuilt four schools in the Nuwakot district: Kalyani Devi Higher Secondary School, Jalpa Yuwa Primary School, Prithvi Secondary School, Bachchhala Secondary School, impacting nearly 1,000 students.

Response Projects: Kathmandu and Sindhupalchok, April 2015

72 hours after the first earthquake struck in April 2015, we were on the ground assisting affected communities. We launched two response programs, one in Kathmandu and the other in Sindhupalchok. Across both projects, a total of 104 debris sites were cleared and 13 damaged homes were safely brought down. We built 50 transitional homes in Melamchi (Sindhupalchowk) and 35 transitional homes in Hulchowk (Kathmandu) addressing the short-term needs of disaster affected households. 12 community shelters were built to provide safe structures for communities to come together and 21 disaster-resilient homes were rebuilt. In response to the devastation of many schools in the area, 23 temporary learning centers were built and repaired in order to restart educational activities.

Happy Hearts Fund, USA School Rebuilds

Prior to the merger of Happy Hearts Funds, USA (HHF) to All Hands and Hearts, HHF rebuilt four schools in Nepal in the Nuwakot District: Shree Mahendra Higher Secondary School, Shree Birendra Secondary School, Shree Niranjana Higher Secondary School and Shree Mahendra Secondary School. Across the four school rebuilds, 47 classrooms were constructed and this work impacted a total of 1,536 students.

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