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

Country Overview

After a decade of unstable governments and armed conflicts, law and order are still tenuous at best in Nepal, where a culture of impunity persists. This South Asian nation of some 30 million inhabitants is beset with a range of development and humanitarian challenges, from endemic poverty to widespread undernutrition.

Nepal’s humanitarian challenges stem from a confluence of factors including routine inflation, rising food prices, and recurring climate shocks like droughts, floods, and landslides. Geographic constraints and poor governance contribute to the persistence of Nepal’s high rates of malnutrition, as do poverty, development gaps, armed conflicts, poor hygiene and care practices, insufficient household food consumption, and widespread vitamin deficiencies.

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. 

People we helped in 2016

What we are doing

Action Against Hunger has been present in Nepal since 2005. 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. These projects also provided psycho-social support in order to improve child development.

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 . 

Since the 2015 earthquakes, we've been implementing programmes in nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, mental health and care practices, and food security in Kathmandu City and the districts of Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Lalitput, Bathapur and Sindhupalchok. We have been working in the communities most impacted by the earthquakes, implementing community water schemes, which rehabilitate access points, improve water connectivity, and have provided access to over 4000 beneficiaries.

Action Against Hunger teams have significantly improved access to water and sanitation facilities, reducing the likelihood of disease outbreaks and lessening the burden and risk of water carrying. The water programmes have also helped over 14 schools, by building child friendly toilets and proper handwashing and drinking water facilities.

Major community outreach initiatives have lead hygiene awareness campaigns to 20,000 people, preventing the spread of water-borne diseases and illnesses.


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