Action Against Hunger has been working in Nepal since 2011

Nepal

Children in Nepal are still in urgent need after two major earthquakes struck the country in 2015.

Country Overview

Nepal is the most exposed country in the world to natural disasters due to its geography. The location of the country and the vulnerability of its population to natural disasters are worsened by the climatic change on a worldwide level. The country has suffered recurring climate shocks like droughts, floods, landslides and earthquakes. After a decade of unstable governments and armed conflicts, Nepal suffers from a range of development and humanitarian challenges, from endemic poverty to widespread undernutrition.

On 25 April 2015, a devastating earthquake struck Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 people and injuring many more. Just two weeks later, on 12 May, a second earthquake hit the country, destroying more homes and causing further physical and emotional trauma for children and their families. Our teams, who were already present in Nepal to address deadly child malnutrition, immediately launched an emergency response to help families rebuild their lives. We have since been working to rebuild the community devestated from these earthquakes whilst also making sure our disaster preparedness programmes are in place to limit the impact of further natural disasters.

213,734
People we helped in 2017

What we are doing

Prior to the devestrating 2015 earthquake, we worked with the Nepalese health authorities in the Saptari district in Eastern Terai to integrate the community-based Treatment of Malnutrition approach into health services. 

In the immediate aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes, Action Against Hunger released eleven tons of relief supplies - including water, sanitation and hygiene materials such as a water purification unit and water treatment kits, chlorine tablets, pumps, bladders, taps and construction materials for toilets - with supplies dispatched to the hard-hit regions Nuwakot and Sindhupalchok. The devastating earthquakes and their aftershocks left thousands traumatised as they struggled to maintain decent living conditions and come to terms with loss. Our teams have set up safe spaces for mothers and children and provide psycho-social support providing councelling . 

Our programmes in Nepal include:

  • Improving access to clean water
  • Nutrition programmes aimed at children and mothers
  • Psychosocial support (for those affected by the 2015 earthquakes and other natural disasters)
  • Improved sanitation facilities
  • Hygeine programmes working to stop the spread of disease and illness

 

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Facts

Number of Staff
39
Operating since
2011
Based in
Katmandou, Saptari, Makwanpur, Rasuwa, Nuwakot, Rautahat, Nawalparasi