Kathmandu, Nepal- World Vision joins the people of Nepal in remembering the one-year mark of the April 2015 earthquake - honoring lost loved ones while recognizing the strong community solidarity and support that helped save thousands.
Jennifer MacCann, World Vision’s Nepal Earthquake Response (WV-NER) Director shares, “Moving forward, we strive to build Nepal back better, strengthen partnerships and drive innovation in our recovery work together with earthquake-affected people.”
"Moving forward, we strive to build Nepal back better, strengthen partnerships and drive innovation in our recovery work together with earthquake-affected people."
Overcoming challenges brought by fuel shortages, harsh monsoons and winter seasons, and logistical complexities brought by tough terrain, WV-NER has reached 386,984 people from emergency to recovery phase. Within 24 hours after the earthquake, World Vision supported the affected people life-saving food and emergency essentials, such as tarps, blankets and water purification tablets.
One year on, WV-NER provided 20,789 families with shelter and non-food items, reached more than 72,000 people through repairs of health posts and provisions of medical supplies and equipment, as well as provided access to clean water to more than 118,000 people. WV-NER also continues to integrate gender and social inclusion, disaster risk reduction and build back safer initiatives in its programs to strengthen community resilience and further help communities rebuild and thrive with more opportunities in the future.
Overcoming challenges brought by fuel shortages, harsh monsoons and winter seasons, and logistical complexities brought by tough terrain, WV-NER has reached 386,984 people from emergency to recovery phase.
"As living conditions and access to basic services continue to improve, we remain committed to meet emergency needs, strengthen resilience and self-recovery and restore a sense of safety for earthquake-affected children and their communities. We are hopeful that children and families can rebuild their communities and be ready to pursue meaningful opportunities in the future,” MacCann added.
Working in the worst-hit districts, especially Gorkha, Sindupalchowk, Dhading, Nuwakot and Dolakha, WV-NER continues to establish partnerships working alongside humanitarian stakeholders, government and community partners- promoting shared accountability, enhanced local capacities and community participation.
World Vision is focused on providing opportunities to communities to give them ownership of their recovery- men, women and families can bounce back and strengthen their community’s resilience that can withstand disasters in the future.
World Vision supports communities with a mix of goods, access to services, cash assistance, trainings and infrastructure around disaster preparedness; health and nutrition; education; water, hygiene and sanitation; and shelter and livelihood.
WV-NER remains committed to serving the earthquake-affected communities, standing side by side with the people in their journey from devastation to recovery and rehabilitation, restoring hope and dignity for hundreds of thousands affected.
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Sally Tirtadihardja, Communications Manager: sally_tirtadihardja (at) wvi.org or Aaron Aspi, Communications Officer: aaron_aspi (at) wvi.org