Nepal

Nepal Quake: Help Us Rebuild Children's Lives

Needs Remain Urgent One Month After the Nepal Quake

On April 25 a magnitude-7.9 earthquake hit Nepal, just 50 miles from the capitol, Katmandu. It was felt as far away as Delhi and caused untold devastation, killing over 9,000 people and injuring a further 17,000 - including many children.

On May 12, just two weeks after the first earthquake, a second earthquake struck Nepal. This time it measured a magnitude of 7.3 with the epicenter than 50 miles east of earthquake-damaged Katmandu. While the casualty toll was significantly lower than the first earthquake, it caused further destruction to buildings throughout the country and forced many more families to sleep in the open.

The destruction of roads, bridges and other infrastructure by subsequent landslides has made humanitarian access and communications difficult, with some communities only able to be reached by helicopter or pack animals such as donkeys.

With more than 400 staff already working in Nepal, we were well placed to respond. Despite the challenges, our teams have reached more than 127,000 people, including 76,000 children, with vital aid.

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Save the Children is already on the ground and is working in Sindhupalchowk District to the east of Kathmandu which is one of the worst-affected area. Save the Children has recently received a further 44 tons of aid supplies in country – including plastic sheets, hygiene kits and water purification tablets.

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.

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Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 68,478
children
from harm

supported 82,094
children
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


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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. 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 Program 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014

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