About the project
On 25th April 2015, Nepal was hit by an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale. This was followed by a series of landslides, avalanches and secondary tremors, including a 7.3 magnitude earthquake on 12th May.
According to estimates provided by the Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs, 8,698 people died and 22,487 were injured. 498,000 homes were destroyed, with a further 260,000 damaged. The damage and losses caused had a significant effect on the agricultural sector, impacting around a million small-scale producers.
Our presence in Nepal allowed us to intervene immediately following the earthquake to ensure that the primary needs of those affected were met. After the initial emergency phase, where the aim was to save lives and provide shelter to all those who no longer had a home, our attention shifted to the economic recovery of the area and the removal of barriers preventing access to quality education for girls and boys.
We collaborate with and support local authorities and producer associations in identifying and implementing economic recovery measures in key areas such as beekeeping, mushroom farming, and the purchase and distribution of specific livestock and seeds.
Our work focuses on about 200 families living in 5 villages in the districts of Makwanpur and Chitwan. These rural people live in extreme poverty. They primarily rely on agriculture and livestock farming, frequently employing minors to work out in the fields and tend to livestock.
To make matters worse, Nepal was hit by its worst floods in a decade at the end of August 2017. More than 1.7 million people were affected by the floods, which left 460,000 people homeless and damaged or destroyed 1,460 schools. It was a devastating blow for the country, which is still struggling to get back on its feet two years after the earthquake.
Some of the districts where we operate were affected, and we are mobilising to ensure that activities that began just a few months ago (such as poultry farming) can continue, thus providing families with the means to support themselves.