Save the Children Nepal

Nepal Earthquake: Nearly 2 Million Children Affected

A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake, reportedly the worst in Nepal in the past 81 years, struck April 25. It toppled buildings in the capital of Kathmandu and in Nepal’s second-largest city of Pokhara, and in many outlying villages. Thousands have perished, and many more were injured. Countless children living in temporary makeshift tents, fearful of aftershocks. Read the latest press release

Hour by hour, Save the Children's relief efforts in earthquake-shattered Nepal grow stronger – grounded in our nearly 4 decades of work in the impoverished country. But every hour also brings news of children in desperate need as rescue workers and our staff reach battered villages and communities. Read the latest fact sheet about our response.

Now is the time to act. Nearly 2 million children have been affected and we need your help. Help raise awareness and join the conversation about Nepal.

How Your Gift Can Help

Your support will help us protect vulnerable children and provide desperately needed relief to families in need. Donations to the Nepal Earthquake Children's Relief Fund will support our disaster response to this specific emergency. A $15 donation can provide a hygiene kit for a family in need, which includes items such as soap, shampoo, a bucket, toothpaste and a toothbrush, a towel and a water basin. For $30 you can provide a shelter kit for children and families displaced from their homes. And a donation of over $30 can provide a kitchen set, which includes items to help families prepare and cook food hygienically, staving off diarrheal diseases such as cholera.

Facts About

More than 30 Million
live there

The average girl stays in
school only until she's 12

42 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of just $2 a day

Save the Children has worked in Nepal since 1976 and have extensive programs throughout the country. Nepal boasts eight of the world's 10 highest mountains, including Mount Everest, yet it also has the flat river plain of the Ganges on its southern border with India. Poverty and a decade of violent political instability have taken a toll on the Nepalese people. Most families live in remote rural areas on the plains and others living in scattered settlements in the hills and mountains.

Our Work in

Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 68,478
from harm

supported 82,094
in times of crisis

provided 384,878 children
with a healthy start in life

helped 35,960 families
feed their children

gave 150,019 children
vital nourishment

Sponsor A Child

Since 1982, Save the Children in Nepal has worked with local communities and organizations to design Sponsorship programs for kids. Targeted to help children from early childhood to early adulthood, our programs work to make a healthy and safe environment where children can learn and grow. Our early childhood programs help prepare toddlers and young children for school by giving them access to quality preschools and early literacy programs, while our programs designed for primary school-aged kids work to transform students into lifelong learners by building strong curriculums and passionate teachers. Our work with adolescents focuses on that challenging transition between childhood and adulthood, helping ensure it’s a positive one by teaching them money, job and relationship skills. We also provide health education and care to children in need through our school health programs to help children stay healthy, well-nourished and in school. Thanks to the generous support from our community of sponsors, these essential programs in Nepal continue to give children a healthy start and the opportunity to learn, protecting them from harm along the way.

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2014; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014

Every day, children around the world are severely affected by crises and events which are out of their control. No one knows when, or where, the next crisis will occur. For nearly 100 years, Save the Children has been on the front lines of emergency and humanitarian responses around the world. Our Children’s Emergency Fund was established to provide assistance to children in their time of greatest need.

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