When the big earthquake of September 18th (2011) happened, Mukesh’s family was having dinner at home in Ambegudin VDC in Taplejung, a remote mountainous district of Eastern Nepal. His family didn’t run out but stayed together in the kitchen during earthquake. His school in Ambegudin Village Development Committee suffered a huge damage in the 6.9 magnitude earthquake. Two classrooms were destroyed while another two-storey structure was declared unsafe for use. Within a week, Save the Children’s response and Red Cross team set up 8 room Temporary Learning Centres (TLC) at the school so that children can resume studies. Mukesh says, “We studied in the ‘temporary’ room for a long time.” Save the Children started a year-long recovery project which rebuilt 36 school blocks and renovated 42. Mukesh’s school was also one of the schools in the project which now has a new earth quake resistant two classroom block.
Save the Children’s disaster management program focuses on both life-saving relief in the aftermath of a disaster, as well as reducing the risk of disasters and managing the effects of climate change for vulnerable communities.
The immediate humanitarian relief and recover programs aim to help affected children and their families cope in the aftermath of a disaster. This includes providing shelter, safe spaces for children to play, temporary classrooms, emergency nutrition interventions, mobile health services, essential household and hygiene items, clean water and sanitation facilities and food.
In Nepal, Save the Children helps to support the country’s relief efforts with our child-centered humanitarian relief programs. We believe that children are the most vulnerable in any disaster, yet little is done to formally protect their interests and well-being in such situations.
Save the Children also helps vulnerable communities prepare for the possibility of a disaster, thereby reducing the negative impact of a disaster on their lives. In particular, we educate children about disaster preparedness through schools and communities.