11 Feb Long-term response to 2015 earthquake
Having helped support communities emotionally, practically and financially in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on 25th April 2015, we’ve also been supporting our partners such as INF Nepal in their long-term commitment to rebuilding lives and communities over a four-year period.
When the earthquake struck Nepal in 2015, INF Nepal’s medics were first on the scene. Thanks to INF/UK supporters, we’ve continued to support partners working alongside the worst-hit communities, helping them rebuild their lives and forge better futures.
Thanks to UK supporters, in the immediate aftermath our partners were able to:
- treat 500 injured people within 48 hours
- give emergency relief to more than 3,500 families
- distribute 65 tonnes of food within the first few weeks
- provide temporary shelter to over 840 families
- give out 4,450 blankets
BEATING HUNGER, POVERTY AND ILL-HEALTH
INF/UK support has saved lives: from those injured in the earthquake to those left homeless and vulnerable in overcrowded living conditions. Reconstructed health posts and our programme of outreach health camps have given people access to urgent medical treatment and promoted better hygiene practices for the long term.
The earthquake destroyed houses, possessions and livelihoods – but our partners trained men and women in new skills ranging from stone masonry and plumbing to tailoring, beekeeping and better farming techniques. Thanks to our supporters, Nepalis have able to rebuild their own homes, earn a better living and grow more nutritious, resilient crops.
During the four years after the 2015 earthquake, INF/UK supporters also helped to:
- Get children back to school: temporary learning centres have given children a safe place to study and a sense of normality in the immediate aftermath.
- Keep whole communities safe: securing roads, hillsides and bridges at risk of collapse connected people and protected them against future disasters.
- Provide crucial shelter: funding winter clothes and duvets to help homeless families keep warm in the harsh winter.
- Protect livestock and livelihoods: Nepal’s first-ever animal health camp helped farmers keep their livestock safe until sheds were repaired.
- Make communities more inclusive: public buildings have been rebuilt with better disabled access and improved facilities.
- Ensure earthquake-resilient homes for all: supporting members of a low-caste tribe (the Chepang) to access a state-run housing reconstruction scheme.