Sunday 25 October marks 6 months since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal. This was followed by a subsequent earthquake less than 3 weeks later and numerous aftershocks.
Nearly 9,000 people were killed while 8 million were impacted. With more than 35,000 classrooms destroyed, nearly 1 million children did not have a school to return to when schools resumed in May.
In the last 6 months, Plan International has supported more than 255,120 individuals, including 106,739 children, impacted by this year’s earthquakes.
We have supported children in Nepal through the provision of emergency shelter, food and water and immediate access to temporary learning centres and safe spaces. We have focused on those from marginalised communities who live in remote and hard-to-reach mountainous communities.
Response to recovery
Despite this support, significant needs still remain. Hundreds of thousands of families remain in temporary shelter and the vast majority of children continue to study under temporary structures. Child protection is still a critical concern and the upcoming winter season will only add to the complexity of the situation as children living in high altitudes are exposed to freezing conditions.
As Nepal moves into the recovery phase, we are appealing for an additional €20 million to meet the needs of children and their families.
Moving forward, we will reach more children and their families in some of the most remote, devastated earthquake-affected areas. We will focus particularly on the education, protection and shelter needs of children and their families – both for the short and long-term.