NEED-A-SOURCE: Nepal Earthquake - One Year Later Update from the field: Plan International on-the-ground in Nepal

KATHMANDU, NEPAL – It has been nearly a year since the 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal on April 25, 2015, followed by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake on May 11, 2015. The two earthquakes claimed an estimated 8,964 lives, injured 21,952 and pushed an additional 700,000 people below the poverty line. The earthquakes decimated the education system in Nepal, leaving more than one million children without access to school.

Plan International has been at the forefront of the emergency response in Nepal, helping to deliver emergency aid to hundreds of communities devastated by the earthquake, distributing relief and working to rebuild communities in some of the worst affected areas.

Plan International has been able to help more than 287,000 individuals in the year since the earthquake, including 117,000 children. Plan International has supported children and their families in Nepal through the provision of emergency shelter, food and water and immediate access to temporary classrooms and schools and dedicated child protection facilities.

Senior representatives from Plan International are available for interviews regarding the current state of reconstruction efforts and on-going development needs:

In Nepal:

  • Mike Bruce, Regional Communications Manager, Plan International
    • Mike Bruce, a Canadian based in Bangkok, was on the ground in Nepal immediately following the April 25th earthquake and has returned regularly over the past year. He is available to speak via Skype or phone from Kathmandu, Nepal.

In Canada:

  • Kristy Payne, Vice-President Communications and Public Engagement, Plan International Canada
    • Kristy Payne visited Nepal this past fall to survey the reconstruction efforts first hand and understand the scope of the continuing development needs.

Video and photos from the field are available, including images, video interviews, b-roll, infographics and more. All resources, credited to Plan International, can be found at:

For further details and interview requests, please contact:

Ogho Ikhalo
Senior Manager, Media and Public Relations
Plan International Canada
T: 416-920-1654 ext. 468

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