Nepal Earthquake: Six Months On
In the six months since the first earthquake in Nepal, Save the Children reached over half a million earthquake affected people to help fulfil lifesaving and transitional needs in food security, child protection, shelter/non-food items, water, hygiene & sanitation, health, nutrition and education. This includes more than 300,000 children.
Over the next two and a half years, Save the Children will continue to work with these communities to reach a targeted 600,000 men, women and children in 11 of the 14 affected districts, especially the most vulnerable and hard to reach population. With an urgent need to start rebuilding affected areas, Save the Children is hopeful that there will be no further delays to turn national and international commitments into reality “The monsoon in complete retreat against the backdrop of a new political environment and promulgation of a new constitution does set the ground for optimism in Nepal to expedite the reconstruction process” said Delailah Borja, Save the Children Nepal Country Director.
Save the Children has helped over 70,000 boys and girls to return to school, setting up over 600 Temporary Learning Centres (TLCs) over the past six months. However, serious challenges lie ahead over the coming winter period for children studying in makeshift classrooms and families living in temporary shelters who are yet to recover their previous standard of living as a result of the earthquake.
Despite the significant efforts of the past six months, thousands of Nepalese people in earthquake affected communities still have unmet medium to longer terms needs, and additional early recovery funding is urgently needed in all aspects of community life . Save the Children continues its appeal to the international community for additional support to meet immediate as well as longer-term needs. These include the restoration of ravaged health facilities, a complete rehabilitation of damaged schools and protection of children against abuse, economic exploitation and trafficking.
Looking forward, Save the Children will be working with communities and local governments to build back better in all aspects of the rebuilding process. With vulnerability to disaster strongly rooted in people’s minds and also as a nation, community engagement and participation will be fundamental to all preparedness and risk reduction initiatives in this Himalayan state and international support is a must.