One year after Nepal earthquake: Urgent need to accelerate reconstruction
Apr 22, 2016
One year after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015 reconstruction efforts need to be accelerated, urges international humanitarian organization CARE Canada.
The majority of people who lost their homes still live in temporary shelters and many have not regained their livelihoods.
“The earthquake was a natural disaster of a massive scale and people will depend on our support for years to come. Tens of thousands of people still do not have proper shelter, access to safe drinking water or proper sanitation. The rebuilding of schools, health facilities and other vital infrastructure needs to move quicker. Those who lost their agricultural land and livestock need support so they can start earning an income again,” says CARE Nepal Country Director Lora Wuennenberg.
CARE is particularly concerned about the challenges facing women and girls, who were disproportionately affected by the earthquake.
“Landless women and girls are the most vulnerable in this situation and we need to ensure they are included in the reconstruction efforts. One of CARE’s top priorities is to help them learn new skills so they can earn an income and feed their families,” says Wuennenberg.
Immediate, life-saving response
Local staff immediately responded after the April 25th earthquake, helping neighbours clear rubble while CARE’s global emergency team went on red alert to help coordinate response efforts. Over the coming days, six members of the CARE International rapid response team, managed by CARE Canada, would be deployed to Nepal to assist local staff and partners in responding to the disaster.
Canadians generously provided more than $1.2 million towards CARE’s emergency efforts. CARE Canada also received $1.3 million from the Government of Canada as well as shelter kits, mosquito nets, blankets, tarpaulins and buckets to aid Nepal survivors.
Thanks to the support of donors worldwide and in coordination with the government of Nepal, CARE has been able to reach nearly 200,000 people with emergency shelter, including warm clothes and blankets during winter season, seed support, household latrines, and dignity kits.
CARE’s response also includes helping pregnant and lactating mothers by setting up temporary birthing centres and providing equipment such as delivery beds and newborn resuscitation sets to health facilities. In order to support women affected by gender-based violence, CARE has also set up female-friendly safe spaces to offer counseling and other support services.
“Experience from CARE’s humanitarian work around the world shows us that the recovery and reconstruction of communities after such a disaster will take time. We now have to help people, especially women and girls, get back on their feet again, earn an income and have a safe home,” says Wuennenberg.
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Factsheet: CARE's Response to the Nepal Earthquake (pdf)
Learn more about CARE's earthquake response here.