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Children's Voices One Year After The Nepal Earthquake

Overview

Children's Voices, Children's Rights: One Year After The Nepal Earthquake

The report Children's Voices, Children's Rights: One Year After The Nepal Earthquake is jointly produced by Plan International, Save the Children, Terre des hommes, UNICEF and World Vision International, and aims to highlight children's concerns and priorities for the recovery since the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

Over 1 million children are estimated to have been affected by the earthquakes in Nepal on 25 April and 12 May 2015 which resulted in massive destruction and the death of around 8,959 people. Children, who represent 40% of the population, suffered trauma and loss. 

This report is based on consultations with 680 children in 5 of the most severely affected 14 districts, and interviews with 36 officials at central and district levels. The report aims to review the progress made since the first consultation report, as well as highlight children's key concerns and priorities for the recovery.

The report finds that, while some progress has been made (such as access to water and sanitation in the community), children still reported the following issues: 

  • Not being consulted on their views by decision makers and humanitarian responders (76% of children)
  • Living in temporary shelter and/or damaged houses (33%  of children)
  • Studying in unsafe environments (30% of children)
  • Reductions in the number of meals regularly consumed since the earthquake (17% of children)
  • Studying in schools that lack access to toilets (57% of children)
  • Challenges in accessing medicines (30%)
  • Increased frequency of diarrhoea (27%)
  • Increased respiratory problems than before the earthquake (32%)
  • Overreaction to loud noises (50%)
  • Trouble sleeping for fear of another earthquake (23%) 

Executive Summary

Summary of the report

This four-page report provides an executive summary of the complete report and highlights key recommendations for moving forward. 

This report is based on consultations with 680 children in 5 of the most severely affected 14 districts, and interviews with 36 officials at central and district levels. It has the primary objective of assessing the progress made in addressing the main concerns and recommendations that children made one month after the disaster, presented in the report, After the Earthquake: Nepal’s Children Speak Out. It also highlights the ongoing and/or new challenges that children are facing, as well as their priorities for the recovery.