2015 earthquake in Nepal
People in Switzerland donated 32 million francs for the victims of the earthquake. Discover how we helped the people of Nepal with your donations, in terms of emergency aid and reconstruction.
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On 25th April 2015 an earthquake destroyed 600,000 houses and claimed the lives of 9,000 people. Around 22,000 people were injured.
Besides houses, many religious sites were also destroyed. For the religious and traditional-minded Nepalese, this was an additional heavy loss.
Nepal is a very mountainous country. Many villages lie in remote valleys. Following the earthquake, these were even more difficult to access than before. Many roads were destroyed or blocked by landslips.
Getting relief to the inhabitants proved to be the biggest challenge in the weeks following the disaster.
Thanks to your donations, our partner relief organizations were able to begin distributing aid immediately, in some cases bringing food, tarpaulins and household items to remote villages on foot.
While a reconstruction period was launched by the government in January, bureaucratic hurdles are slowing the work of NGOs.
Nine months after a devastating earthquake left 600,000 people homeless in Nepal, the government officially announced the start of the reconstruction period on January 16, 2016.
Our partner relief organizations carry out projects tailored precisely to the needs of those they help:
“Our aid goes to the people who need it most: the poorest families with the fewest resources receive help from our partner NGOs, for example one-parent families or those in which the head of the family is out of work or handicapped.”David Dandrès, project officer for Nepal at Swiss Solidarity
Many of our partner relief organizations have been in Nepal for a long time, helping the local population to improve their lives. So they were already there when the earthquake struck, were familiar with the country and the people, and had very good links to local organizations.
This meant that, despite the difficult circumstances, they were able to start providing emergency aid very quickly. They distributed drinking water and basic items to around 200,000 people, and gave them a temporary roof over their heads.
They set up emergency medical stations, thereby helping over 10,000 of the injured.
Thousands of children were able to return to school, held in makeshift classrooms.