The geography of Nepal makes it prone to unpredictable disasters – earthquakes, storms, floods and landslides. People may lose homes, livelihoods, or loved ones. So, when the worst happens, we want to be able to respond quickly to help people in need. The Disaster Relief Fund enables INF and our partners in Nepal to save precious time and get help where it’s most needed straight away.
Thanks to people like you, we have been able to respond immediately to crises, sending medical teams, food and hygiene packs to communities hardest hit. Your support means we can help people get back to normality as soon as possible – then work with them to rebuild lives and forge better futures.
£15 could fund vital shelter for a family, keeping them safe and warm.
£30 could provide crucial food, hygiene and sanitation supplies for a family, helping to protect them from water-borne diseases.
£50 could buy a disaster relief pack for one family to keep them safe, warm and fed.
Exceptional monsoon rains caused landslides in the hills and massive floods in the terai (plains), killing dozens of people, destroying thousands of homes and laying to waste 80% of crops in some areas. Farmers waded through swollen rivers submerged to their necks to try and direct their cattle to safety but hundreds of animals were swept away by the torrent, which also disrupted healthcare services and interrupted water supplies. INF’s partners in Nepal reached hundreds of families.
Nepal’s first Tornado destroys homes and kills at least 35 people. The storm swept across the Bara and Parsa districts on 31 March. The whirlwind razed rows of buildings, trees and electricity poles. It blocked roads and left villages without electricity or means of communication. Homes of those who could afford to build with concrete have survived. But families who were only able to build with stone, mud, and bamboo have lost everything.
A landslide in the middle of the night swept away a Dalit village leaving one child dead and many homes destroyed. Money from the Disaster Relief Fund was released so that a local church organisation could provide emergency food rations, hygiene materials, mattresses and blankets straight away, showing the love of God in a very practical way.
Severe monsoon rains caused flooding across many parts of Nepal including areas where there are INF projects. Dozens of people were killed and thousands left homeless. INF’s disaster response team coordinated with the Nepal Government, churches and other local organisations to provide emergency relief, including food for over 600 families. Supporters’ donations meant INF could respond immediately to keep people safe, warm and well-fed.
In a remote part of Kapilvastu 15 families [88 people], lost their homes in a fire. They not only lost the roofs over their heads but also their food, clothing, cooking equipment, and money. INF stepped in. Staff replaced the supplies lost in the disaster. INF/UK was immediately able to commit to funding whatever help was needed, from the Disaster Relief Fund because of previous donations from supporters.
A massive earthquake shook Nepal, killing thousands of people and causing devastation across large parts of the country. Within a few hours, INF had flown doctors into the affected regions. But it was clear that long term help would be needed. Over the past four years INF has funded the rebuilding of homes and health posts, as well as providing emergency relief supplies.
In the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake, we continued to work with communities for the next four years, helping them rebuild their lives and forge better futures.
Many schools, health posts and government offices were obliterated; rebuilding them with better facilities and making them disability-friendly, accessible for all, meant that communities are now more inclusive.
We trained hundreds of men and women in stone masonry, plumbing and as electricians so that they were able to repair or rebuild their homes. We also gave practical and financial support to the poorest and most vulnerable families to ensure that they could participate in the government’s house reconstruction scheme and weren’t left out.
Families lost their possessions and saw their farms destroyed. To help people make a new start, our partners offered a whole range of training – from tailoring, beekeeping to better farming techniques that would yield more nutritious, resilient crops.
Whether that’s food, shelter or medical care. But our help doesn’t stop there. Often it takes a long time for communities to rebuild, and INF is committed to walking with people every step of the way. Your support makes the vital long-term rehabilitation work possible. INF works in areas for as long as is needed to see individuals and families living safe and healthy lives.
Through training and equipping, the Disaster Relief Fund also helps communities to be better prepared to face future disasters.