Nepal Earthquake Appeal: How You Helped
When a catastrophic earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015, it flattened towns and villages and left thousands dead. As aftershocks caused further damage, we were already on the ground saving lives. Today we're still there, helping communities rebuild.
How your donation has helped children
Thanks to you, we've been able to reach more than half a million people - including more than 350,000 children - with vital aid. In the days and weeks following the earthquake, your generous support enabled us to:
- Distribute shelter materials and essential household items to over 172,200 families including: tarpaulins, rope, kitchen utensils, mats, solar lamps, gas stoves and mosquito nets.
- Send emergency mobile health units to 24 villages, bringing medical assistance to over 2,000 people.
- Set up clinics in remote villages, bringing vital health care to patients from nearly 1,700 households.
- Distribute hygiene kits to help families stay clean and healthy, including water purification drops. So far we’ve distributed nearly 29,000 of these kits, reaching more than 144,000 people.
- Create child-friendly spaces - safe places where children can come and play, learn and receive emotional support. Over 6,400 children have regularly benefited from these spaces.
- Set up temporary learning centres, helping over 67,620 children continue with their education.
Today, our teams are still there - protecting children, supporting families and helping communities rebuild.
Phurpu and Sabita’s story
Sabita holds her daugther Phurpu, who was delivered by our emergency health team a month after the earthquake.
Sabita was eight months pregnant when the earthquake struck. She had to run from her home as the walls started to crack around her.
“After going through so much suffering due to earthquake I was very scared about safe arrival of my baby," she says. "It was simply overwhelming."
But we had set up an emergency health camp nearby. So, when Sabita's baby came, she got the best possible care.
With her delivery overseen by a doctor and a nurse, little Phurpu was born safely.
Dr Ghimire, who was part of our mobile health team, said: "It always feels very fulfilling to help bring a new life into the world, but this birth felt extra special."
What we’re doing now
We will continue to work across the region to help families recover. We're in this for the long haul, doing whatever it takes to support the children and families.
Our teams are focusing on:
- Training local construction workers on safer building design, so that communities are more resilient in future disasters.
- Rehabilitating damaged health facilities, including maternity units and mental health centres. We continue to supply medical supplies and equipment where needed.
- Equipping 25 health facilities, 400 temporary learning centres and 35 child-friendly spaces with sanitation facilities. We’ll also run hygiene promotion sessions and distribute awareness leaflets and posters.
- Building new permanent schools across earthquake-affected districts.
- Introducing a new art programme in our temporary learning centres, helping children recover from their experiences through artistic, expressive educational activities.
Although our Nepal Earthquake Appeal has now closed, you can continue to support children caught up in emergencies around the world by donating to our Emergency Fund:
Or call 0800 8148 148 to donate by phone.
Last updated July 2017.