One Year Anniversary of the Nepal Earthquake
The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, devastated the country. World Vision was already on the ground and responded quickly to the urgent needs of survivors. The quake and strong aftershocks affected more than 8 million people and caused a financial loss of about USD $7 billion.
In the past 12 months, World Vision has supported 386,984 people in some of the worst-affected districts. Children and families benefitted from food distributions, health care, clean water, hygiene kits, new and repaired toilets and temporary shelter. We also provided clothing, blankets, sleeping mats, lamps and other home supplies.
“We were having a tough time with health and hygiene until World Vision delivered hygiene kits and materials to rebuild our toilet that was damaged by the earthquake,” explained 16-year-old Arun Tamang.
Child friendly spaces helped children deal with the trauma of the earthquake and temporary learning centres ensured that more than 8,000 students were learning when schools were closed. Hundreds of teachers, volunteers and school management committee members were trained to provide psychosocial support to protect children’s rights and well-being.
World Vision is committed to helping communities in Nepal recover and build back better. We are focusing on restoring livelihoods, improving access to services, as well as reconstructing health clinics, schools, water systems and sanitation facilities.
"As living conditions and access to basic services continue to improve, we remain committed to meet emergency needs, strengthen resilience and self-recovery and restore a sense of safety for earthquake-affected children and their communities. We are hopeful that children and families can rebuild their communities and be ready to pursue meaningful opportunities in the future,” said Jennifer MacCann, World Vision’s Nepal Earthquake Response Director.