On the 25th April 2015 Central Nepal was hit by the first of two major earthquakes – the most powerful in over 80 years. The quakes and aftershocks killed nearly 9,000 people in total and injured three times as many. It also left thousands more people vulnerable in a number of other ways; homeless, lacking clean water or sanitation and stripped of their livelihoods.
After an initial emergency aid operation, Tearfund staff and partner organisations in Nepal turned to longer term recovery work. They are still hard at work helping to rebuild lives and livelihoods. Crucially they are helping communities to be more resilient, so that should another quake hit the region they will be better prepared.
Here are just a few of the key achievements of Tearfund and our partners in Nepal over the last couple of years.
696 New Houses (and that's Just the tip of the iceberg)
The 696 homes either completed or still under construction are only the tip of the iceberg; nearly 8,000 people have been given assistance in getting a new home. A total of 588 families have received cash for shelter grants allowing them to purchase materials to build permanent houses and 1,324 local masons are being trained in how to construct earthquake resistant buildings. It means that whole villages will be prepared to withstand another quake much more effectively.
3,796 people given access to clean water and sanitation
Nine water systems damaged by the quake have been repaired restoring access to clean water. Each one delivered crucial fresh water to remote mountainous communities, for whom walking to collect fresh water every day from a river or spring is not an option.
1,298 Children trained to say 'no' to traffickers