Two Years since the Quake

Monday 24 April 2017

Sumana's new home is nearing completion.

Under the tripartite agreement with the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) and the Central Project Implementation Unit (CPIU) of various ministries, Save the Children initiated recovery and reconstruction work in select areas of seven affected districts. These are Sindhupalchok, Dolakha, Kavrepalanchok, Gorkha, Dhading, Nuwakot, and Rasuwa districts. Since April 2015, Save the Children has reached 585,058 individuals where 352,951 are children. 

Since early this year, Save the Children’s focus has been on rebuilding schools, health posts/health facilities and shelter in Sindhupalchok, Dolakha, Kavrepalanchok, Gorkha, Nuwakot, and Rasuwa. It will also continue to work in the areas of education, health and nutrition, child protection, shelter, food security and livelihood (FSL), and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

350 familes are building new and safer homes in Dansingh, Nuwakot. 250 families have received the second installment of the building fund.

Construction of safe houses  

  • Save the Children has started building more than 1,600 earthquake resistant houses. Almost all of them have received the first installment for the construction. Some 1000 houses and another 200 houses have received the second and third (final) installment to complete the construction of their houses.  
  • Save the Children and partner staff are providing technical support and supervision on the progress of the construction.
  • Save the Children has helped build the capacity of more than 1,500 local masons on building safe shelter construction (7 days training) using the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC) training curricula

Safe school construction

  • Save the Children is building 23 safe schools (176 classrooms), which are all to be completed by December 2017.
  • On handover of the schools, close to 3,500 children will be attending in these schools.

Rupa brings her two month old baby for a check up at a newly built semi-permanent Taruka Health Post

Construction of health facilities

  • Save the Children has built and handed over 18 semi-permanent health posts to the government (districts).
  • Likewise, 17 Health Facility Outreach Centers (HFOC) using the prefabrication model have been and handed over to the communities. 
  • These health facilities will be providing service to more than 70,000 people

Food security and livelihood recovery

  • 2,850 households were supported via cash for work.
  • 3,665 households have been supported through restricted (conditional) cash support.
  • 468 community-based entrepreneurs have received restricted (conditional) cash support to their businesses.
  • 56 VSLA (Village Saving and Loan Association) have been initiated to help communities sustain their firms.
  • In total, 9,745 individuals have received trainings in micro-enterprise development, livelihood skill (goat, beekeeping) since the beginning of the response.  

Save the Children is committed to continue providing support to the government and the people of Nepal in their reconstruction process. Save the Children recognizes the real need for homes, shelters and schools, as well as complementary activities related to protection of children, their education and livelihood needs of people and communities affected by the earthquake. Save the Children is committed to help Nepal “build back better”.