Nepal Earthquake: Building Resilience through Education

What the situation is
The earthquake that hit Nepal on 25 April 2015 caused more than 9’000 deaths and 22’000 injured, devastating the capital Kathmandu and the surrounding area. Millions of Nepalese lost their homes and are now living in extremely precarious conditions: not only do they need new houses, but extensive psychological support to deal with the trauma. Children in particular require psycho-social care to not relive the experience in their minds. Since going to school brings stability and a reassuring environment for children, we must ensure that they continue going to class every day.

What we want to achieve
To make sure that children keep going to school by rebuilding infrastructure and sanitation, creating temporary learning spaces, and supporting families with building materials and psycho-social care.

How we plan to achieve it
Now that essential humanitarian support has been provided and with reconstruction under way, we focus our efforts on children’s physical and emotional well-being. We create learning spaces from temporary materials and rehabilitate those schools that were not entirely destroyed, so that children can attend classes. We ensure that families get the necessary materials to repair the damage to their houses (roofs in particular) and feel supported enough to allow their children to attend school rather than help in rebuilding. We rely on a team of field of volunteers trained in psycho-social counselling and child protection, who attend to both children and their families in the area of intervention. Other volunteers, usually born in the area, offer whatever skills they have to help in reconstruction.

Lieu du projet : Nepal
Région : Asie du sud, Népal
Domaine : Emergency and post emergency
Durée : 2015 - 2018
Le projet concerne : 150 families most hurt by the earthquake in the target area
Chef de projet : Sujan Neupane
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