The Nepal earthquake: 6 months later
On April 25, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal, killing more than 9,000 people and injuring thousands more. Buildings were destroyed, schools flattened and roads disappeared. The earthquake triggered several aftershocks, including a mega tremor on May 12 that measured 7.3 on the Richter scale.
Not long after the earthquakes hit, children in Nepal were scheduled to return to school. But nearly 1 million children had no school to return to, leaving them with no place to learn.
Picking up the pieces after tragedy strikes
Over the past 6 months, Plan has been working with children, families and communities to help rebuild and heal a nation. Meeting the immediate needs of those affected was first priority. Providing food, shelter and protection was critical. Plan’s support has reached more than 255,100 individuals, with over 106,700 being children.
How your support is helping families in Nepal
Thanks to the generous support of donors like you, Plan’s support has helped families and communities achieve the following in the last 6 months:
- More than 18,350 children are studying in 282 temporary learning centres, with 750 teachers receiving educational kits
- 46,190 families received emergency shelter materials, including tents and tarps
- 29 health posts were outfitted with water, hygiene and sanitation facilities
- 719 female community health volunteers and health care workers were trained by Plan to provide education on maternal and child health to over 13,000 women
- 162 child-friendly spaces and temporary learning centres were equipped with clean water, and sanitation and hygiene facilities, like separate latrines and hand-washing stations
- Nearly 50,000 families received safe drinking water supplies, enabling families to purify and store large quantities of clean water
- 65,160 women and girls received menstrual hygiene supplies
- Over 32,600 families received food packs to help meet their immediate needs
- 5,600 people received short-term employment opportunities, rebuilding community infrastructure, like road repairs
- More than 1,500 families received seeds, tools and training to rebuild vegetable farms.
Together, moving forward
Thirteen-year-old Manju lost her home and school. Today she lives in a temporary shelter and studies at a temporary learning centre, both built by Plan.
“I want my future to be better,” she explains. “For me, education is very important. I never want to drop out of school. I want to be a journalist.”
Manju’s father, Tritha, didn’t know where to find employment to support his family after the earthquake hit, but today, he’s working with Plan to help rebuild his community.
“We are trying to build a temporary bridge over the river to help children go to school. I am doing this work because Plan provided me this opportunity.”
Tritha says he will use the money he earns working with Plan to rebuild his home and support Manju’s education. In the meantime, Tritha and his daughter will continue to live life in their temporary surroundings.
Strengthening a nation
As Nepal recovers from the earthquakes, Plan will continue to work with families, communities and partners to build a strong, resilient foundation for the future. While great progress has been made, the long-term rebuilding has just begun. And thanks to donors like you, we’re ready to help ensure that life continues to improve for the children and families of Nepal.
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