Nepal, one year later: your support in action

By Oxfam
Kathmandu stretches as far as the eye can see. Photo: Kieran Doherty/ Oxfam

Thanks to your support, we are continuing to work with local people, our partner organizations, and the government to ensure that Nepal builds back stronger than before.

On April 25, 2015, a massive Earthquake struck Nepal, followed two weeks later by a second earthquake. Almost 9,000 people were killed and over 750,000 homes were destroyed or damaged. An outpouring of support from donors around the world quickly followed, allowing us to respond with lifesaving aid within days. Over the year since the quake, we have reached more than 480,000 people in seven of the worst-hit districts of Nepal. Here’s a snapshot of some of the life-changing work that your generosity has made possible.

Providing shelter

Thulimaya Lama collects her goods at an Oxfam distribution. “I am very grateful that people from far away have helped me,” she says. Photo: Kieran Doherty / Oxfam

As the sole caretaker for her elderly mother and seriously ill daughter, Thulimaya Lama was grateful to receive a winter kit from Oxfam to help the family cope after their home was destroyed by the earthquake. At night, temperatures can plummet to below zero in winter—and families like Thulimaya’s were especially vulnerable. “I was given two mattresses, two quilts, a tarpaulin, some cooking vessels and some blankets,” she says. “I am very grateful that people from far away have helped me.” More than 800 vulnerable families received winter kits in Thulimaya’s area, which was badly affected by the earthquake and aftershocks.

Rebuilding communities

Men build a water storage tank with concrete and stones, part of an Oxfam program paying local people to restore a water pipeline and storage tank. Photo: Kieran Doherty / Oxfam

When the earthquake destroyed his water supply, Bhakti Basnet feared he would have to leave the village he loved. But with your help, Oxfam started a cash-for-work program there, paying local people to restore a water pipeline and storage tank. Bhakti says, “There are 42 households involved in this project and around 400 to 500 people will benefit. Lots of people have kitchen gardens, so they will be able to use the water for those as well as for drinking. If Oxfam had not helped us, all 42 households would have had to move. My father and my father’s father lived in this place. If I’d had to move, I would have been really sad.” Bhakti is one of many people taking part in our cash-for-work programs to rebuild their own communities.

Getting girls back to school

Tangita Pariyar sitting at a temporary school where Oxfam is providing water and sanitation facilities. "‘After the earthquake everything was destroyed or damaged but we needed to continue with our classes so we moved our school to this new place," she explains. Photo: Kieran Doherty / Oxfam

Tangita Pariyar and her classmates will never forget the terrifying earthquake that destroyed their school. Thankfully, they’re now attending a temporary school where Oxfam has provided water and sanitation facilities. This includes separate toilets and wash areas for girls, as well as hygiene classes where they can discuss personal issues openly for the first time. Girls feel much happier coming to school as a result. “I like this school more than the old school, because there were no doors on the toilets there,” says Tangita. “I really appreciate that there are separate toilets for the boys and girls.” As permanent schools are rebuilt, Oxfam will work to make sure girls’ needs are taken into account—and they get the education they deserve.

Restoring livelihoods

Netra Parajuli, local trader and shop owner, stands in front of rubble that used to be his shop. "If I had been in my shop on the day of the earthquake I would have died. My whole family could have died that day," he says. Photo: Kieran Doherty / Oxfam

Netra Parajuli stands amidst the rubble of what was once his thriving shop in Lamosanghu. He is one of thousands whose livelihoods were destroyed in the earthquake. Oxfam is distributing vouchers so people can buy what they need to restart their farms, businesses and kitchen gardens—which is good news for traders like Netra. With the stock he salvaged, he has managed to set up a temporary shop, and business is booming. “I’ve had almost 900 people come to my shop because of the vouchers being distributed. The most popular items have been the spade, the hoe and the watering can. If people’s tools are damaged, I repair them. I make the hoes myself, and I sometimes show people how to use them too.”

Thanks to support from people like you, Nepal's recovery continues today. As the country rebuilds, Oxfam—working with a host of local partners—will maintain its focus on helping with the reconstruction, including assisting families as they recover their means of making a living.

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