In 2015 the earthquakes on 25 April (magnitude 7.8) and 12 May (magnitude 7.2) claimed an estimated 8,964 lives and injured 21,952. The disasters pushed an additional 700,000 people below the poverty line, and was responsible for an economic loss of 8 billion Nepali Rupees (c.USD $78m), approximately one third of Nepal’s gross domestic product.
Within a day of the first earthquake, Plan International began distributing prepositioned emergency shelter material and food packs to thousands of affected families across 14 priority districts.
One year on and rebuilding Nepal has only just begun. Plan International urgently needs continued financial support to help communities to rebuild and recover.
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Vital humanitarian aid
Plan International has so far directly helped 287,847 individuals affected by the earthquakes, including 117,230 children.
Our emergency response focused on 6 key areas: education; child protection; water, sanitation and hygiene; shelter; health; and food security/livelihoods/income generation.
We have supported communities in the following ways:
- 21,000 children are studying in 310 temporary schools built by Plan International
- 44,968 children received emotional and psychological support
- 26,793 parents and caregivers received psychological first aid training
- 52,767 households received emergency shelter materials
- 479 masons and carpenters trained on earthquake-resistant construction techniques supporting 11,000 households to ‘build back better’
- 43,672 families received safe drinking water kits
- 71,300 women and girls benefited from menstrual hygiene kits
- 10,435 families benefited from short-term employment opportunities.
Critical support for girls and women
Because girls and women have suffered disproportionately in natural disasters, Plan International is working to ensure urgent protection and to tackle systematic issues over the long-term.
We are creating ‘safe spaces’ for adolescent girls, where they will learn about sexual and reproductive health, life skills and receive vocational training.
Women are also heavily involved in our cash-for-work programme and are receiving shelter materials and building materials on a priority basis. Several young women have been trained as ‘master masons’ in safe and disaster-resistant construction techniques. These women will play a key role in rebuilding homes, schools, and other facilities in their communities.
Our Earthquake Recovery Strategy also prioritises tackling gender inequality and working with communities to transform the gender disparity that predominates in much of Nepal.
Recovery strategy, moving forward
In the next 2 years, we will focus on child protection, education, shelter, water and sanitation, livelihoods/income generation and disaster risk reduction. These areas are based on the priorities outlined in the government’s post-disaster needs assessment, by children and their families, as well as centrally assessed needs.
We plan to reach 325,000 individuals (65,000 households) in Dolakha, Sinduplachowk, Sindhuli and Makwanpur districts.
Building schools and repairing the thousands of classrooms that were destroyed is central to children’s development, the health of their communities and Nepal’s ability to move forward.
Examples of projects include:
- building 20 new, disability-inclusive and disaster-resistant schools
- repairing 1,600 damaged classrooms
- repairing and restoring water systems in 65 communities
- providing psychological and emotional support, rights-focused education and sexual reproductive health education to children and girls
- providing cash grants and training on improved agricultural practices.
Plan International is committed to Nepal for the long term. Find out more about our Nepal earthquake response work
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