Our work in Nepal

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Our work in Nepal

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit near Kathmandu the capital of Nepal on 25 April 2015. The country suffered a series of aftershocks, including a major 7.3 magnitude tremor near Mount Everest on 12 May. Concern Worldwide immediately sent an emergency team to respond to the humanitarian crisis.

A distribution of emergency shelter and relief supplies at the village of Bhirkot in Dolakha district. Many houses in the area were damaged in the April 25th earthquake, butvdestroyed in the tremor of May 12th. Photo taken by Kieran McConville/Concern Wor

Humanitarian crisis

It is estimated that more than 8,600 people were killed and over 19,000 injured in the Nepal earthquake last year, with 500,000 houses destroyed and a further 269,000 damaged. Concern’s emergency response team worked with local partners to assist with temporary shelter, water and sanitation programmes.

Our response

With funding support from DEC, Concern worked with local partner organisation, Rural Reconstruction Nepal, to supply 6,439 households with temporary shelter kits, including innovative solar lights. In conjunction with local NGO, Nepal Water for Health, 4,000 households were supplied with relief kits. Together, we relaid damaged pipes to re-establish water supplies and installed temporary latrines and bathing facilities in the Sindhuli district. 

It was important to monitor the effectiveness of our response so, along with our partners, we carried out post-distibution monitoring (PDM). Of the 571 people interviewed (many from marginalised groups), 99% were satisfied with the shelter supplies they received as part of these emergency operations. The PDM enabled the most vulnerable people to tell us what they thought about our emergency activities in their own words and will continue to guide our activities for supporting those effected by earthquakes.

Next steps

In 2016, Concern's country programme will be focussed on activities aimed at reducing the risk of future disaster in four of the most severely earthquake-affected districts: Dolakha, Dhading, Sindhuli and Gorkha. Our programmes aimed at developing resilience will include activities around environmental impact and gender.

Rebuilding vital infrastructure

The earthquake destroyed infrastructure; in some cases reducing schools and other essential services to rubble. Restoring education is particularly important as it provides stability in the wake of such a traumatic disaster for the youngest and most vulnerable. We’re currently supporting 58 schools to obtain over 300 semi-permanent classrooms.

As part of our water, sanitation and hygiene activities we’re supporting the implementation of two water schemes, four school water projects and 416 household latrines in Gorkha.

Our PDM will continue to ensure that the most vulnerable are leading the recovery. So far in 2016, our beneficiaries have identified the following ‘response priorities’: permanent shelter construction, livelihood and education support.

Building resilience

When we spoke to communities affected by the earthquake, several issues were consistently raised: the need for opportunities in cash for work; training in masonry, plumbing and carpentry skills to boost household incomes and the construction and rehabilitation of earthquake resilient structures assessment.

In response, Concern developed its Building Resilience in Earthquake Affected Communities in Nepal (BREAC) programme. The aim of BREAC is to address the needs of the most vulnerable households in earthquake affected communities over 2 years. We expect to reach 45,000 people across 18 villages in Dhading, Dolakha, Gorkha, and Sindhuli. Concern is also now supporting communities in building seismic-resilient homes and buildings. Additionally, we are providing local skills training and resource management support, helping secure productive livelihoods through income generation, food security, and community led Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and preparedness support. This will ensure that the targeted groups are better able to resist and recover from natural disasters.

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Voices from Nepal

Homeless but thankful to be alive – The Sapkota Family

Swetchnya Tamraker – Earthquake survivor

Concern's previous work in Nepal

Before this emergency, Concern Worldwide had worked in Nepal from 2006 to 2010, at which point we handed over our programmes to local partners who continued the work we started. Our previous programmes in Nepal focused on livelihoods, water and sanitation and nutrition. 

Achievements

  • Almost 14,000 people in 29 districts took part in our food-for-work and food-for-training programmes, helping protect the livelihoods of communities in crisis situations.
  • 127 food-for-work projects were undertaken, rebuilding schools, bridges and more
  • 49 food-for-training projects were also undertaken
  • We provided safe drinking water and sanitation to more than 7,500 people in 14 communities.
  • Community therapeutic care pilot programme was started in three areas