Nepal Earthquake, 25 April 2015

a defining moment

On 25 April, a massive earthquake (7.8 on the Richter scale) struck Nepal, followed by another large earthquake on 12 May. As a result, 8,790 people died and more than 22,300 people were injured. Nearly 500,000 homes were destroyed and thousands more badly damaged.

Thanks to donations from our supporters we were able to respond immediately. Our medics were first on the scene to provide emergency treatment. Within a couple of days affected families had food and hygiene packs to help them survive.

Help in the aftermath

Creating temporary learning centres for children whose classrooms were destroyed meant they could get back to their lessons and gain a sense of normality as soon as possible.

Working with local communities to secure roads, hillsides and bridges at risk of collapsing kept them safe from further disasters.

We supplied winter clothes and duvets to help families made homeless to protect themselves against the harsh winter.

Health services were badly affected and crowded living conditions compromised health and hygiene. Health camps provided urgent treatment and promoted better hygiene practices; health posts and clinics received much-needed drugs and medical supplies.

For many, their animals were all that they had left; Nepal’s first-ever animal health camp ensured farmers could protect their livestock from diseases until their sheds were repaired.

Help people affected by disaster

There for the long-term

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.

Trauma counselling is still ongoing to help people adapt to life after the earthquake and feel safe again.

INF’s relief effort

Within 48 hours our medical team was treating around 500 injured people in Gorkha, near the epicentre

INF gave initial emergency relief to more than 3,500 families

We distributed in excess of 65 tonnes of food within the first few weeks

We provided temporary shelter to over 840 families

More than 4,450 blankets helped to keep people warm

Other essentials, from matches to mattresses, were given to those in need

Green Pastures Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre received and treated casualties of the earthquake