On 25 April 2015 Nepal was struck by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake - the biggest earthquake to hit Nepal in 80 years. A second earthquake on the 12 May caused further devastation. 9,000 people were killed, 23,000 injured, and over 100,000 people displaced.
We have been working in Nepal since 1978 which enabled us to provide assistance almost immediately. We launched an emergency appeal within hours of the first earthquake and to date have helped over 287,000 people – including over 117,000 children.
What we are doing
A year on since the first earthquake, there is still so much to do. Our focus is on children. We are helping children return to school and get the emotional support they need to recover from the traumatic events. After a disaster, children are particularly at risk from trafficking. We’re raising awareness in communities through child-friendly spaces and anti-trafficking booths are border control.
We are focussing on:
- water, sanitation and hygiene
- providing emergency shelter including tarpaulins and ropes
- distribution of non-food items (for example blankets and mosquito nets)
- food distribution
- maternal, newborn and child health
- child protection
- education and child care
- the needs of women and girls, who are especially vulnerable during a crisis
Our work to help Nepal recover:
- 52,000 households received emergency shelter materials
- 44,900 children received emotional care, counselling and psychological supportbuilt 166 schools
- 21,000 children are studying in 310 temporary schools built by Plan International
- 247 children were intercepted through anti-trafficking booths
- 71,000 women and girls received menstrual hygiene kits
- We are also working to build more than 100 temporary learning centres in some of the worst affected areas, along with providing learning kits to more than a 100,000 schoolchildren to ensure as little disruption as possible to vital education.
- 325,000 people will receive our support over the next two years
Plan is targeting its response on the districts of Sindhuli, Dolakha, and Kavrepalanchok, but we are also working in Kathmandu valley, Baglung and Makwanpur.
Read more detailed info on our response.
Plan is a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee, which brings together 13 leading UK aid charities in times of crisis.
Nepal earthquake updates
Three months on since the first earthquake struck Nepal we take a look at our relief efforts to help rebuild Nepal and get children back to school.
In his home in Delhi, Syed Mohammed Aftab Alam woke to a strong tremor on the 25 April 2015. Syed soon learnt that the tremors were caused by one of the biggest earthquakes of the last four decades. Syed recalls the sight of arriving in Kathmandu, shortly after the first earthquake, as spine-chilling. The sound of crying children could be heard in the dark night.
Education is one of the major casualties in all disasters. The schools of more than 1 million children in Nepal were destroyed by the Nepal earthquakes. We take a look at how temporary schools are helping children in Nepal to recover from the earthquake.
During times of disaster and conflict, women and girls bear the brunt of the crisis due to pre-existing gender inequality – such as discrimination, violence and exclusion. We look at the biggest risks facing women and girls in Nepal in the aftermath of the earthquake.
Monday 25 May marks one month since a terrifying 7.8-magnitude earthquake killed over 8,000 people and left many more homeless without access to shelter, food or water. Take a look at the infographic that shows what you’ve helped us deliver so far.
When a powerful earthquake rocked the ground of Nepal on April 25 – and again on May 12 – it was a profoundly frightening experience for everyone. Buildings crumbled as the earth swayed and countless thousands ran for their lives and into the relative safety of the streets.
Events unfolding following Nepal's second earthquake remind us that big earthquakes and aftershocks take a heavy toll on minds of the survivors, especially small children. Impact on the mind are often invisible. Relief efforts should prioritise such emotional needs. .
Plan International and A World at School join the call for a Humanitarian Fund for Education in Emergencies following the Nepal earthquake.
Young people who survived Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines have made a heart-warming video sharing their messages of hope and solidarity for the children of Nepal.
A second major earthquake has hit Nepal, just two weeks after the quake that killed more than 8,000 people. The 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit eastern Nepal, close to Mount Everest at 12:35pm local time.
Protection, emergency relief and psychosocial support for children and affected communities is of critical importance at this time, and we are expanding our operations to the newly affected areas.
The Nepal earthquake destoryed hundreds of schools, leaving thousands of children out of school wondering when they will be able to return to class. We gave a camera to 14-year-old Bishmal and his brother, Omul, 11, and let them capture images of their home, school and lives after the earthquake.
Plan is helping to return a sense of normality to children in Nepal who have been left traumatised by the earthquake that hit the country on Saturday 25 April. We have opened two child-friendly spaces in Kathmandu, and will soon open three more, reaching over 1,000 children. These are the first of 100 planned child-friendly spaces in Nepal. The spaces provide a place where children can play and get support as they and their families recover from the emotional and social impact of the quake.
Thanks to your donations, we are among one of the first humanitarian organisations to deliver vital aid packages to the areas worst hit by the Nepal earthquake on April 25. Take a look at how it happened, in pictures.
Matt Crook from Plan International reports from Dolakha in Nepal where almost 90 percent of homes have been destoyed. Plan is currently distributing aid, and healthcare is the next big concern.
You may have read in the news that getting aid to remote Nepali villages is fraught with difficulties, including poor transportation networks and bad weather. These difficulties are real, but through careful coordination Plan is managing to deliver vital aid to isolated areas in urgent need of assistance.
Plan teams are among the first agencies getting relief into isolated, mountainous, and rural areas parts of Nepal’s Central Region devastated by the earthquake, where up to 90 percent of houses have been destroyed or damaged beyond use.
Amrita, 12, lost her home when the earthquake hit, she is now living in a tent with her family. In this short video, she explains why she is suffering.
Shreerlaxmi’s children were inside the family home when it collapsed following the earthquake on Saturday. Luckily they escaped unhurt, but they are now traumatised from the experience. This is a short video of Shreelaxmi describing her experience.
A massive earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday 25 April, leaving a tragic wave of destruction. These are the facts and figures surrounding the situation.
Mark Pierce, Plan International's regional director in Asia explains why its so important not to see the children that survived the earthquake as victims. He also gives details of Plan's response.
More than a third of school-age children have been directly impacted by the Nepal earthquake, and hundreds of schools have been damaged or destroyed. Getting children back to school in an environment that is safe is one of Plan’s top priorities. Read more.
Pramila and her husband Kumar travelled to Kathmandu two years ago in search of a better life.They were emabraking upon that life when the earthquake shattered their dreams. Read more.
The humanitarian crisis in Nepal could be made substantially worse by heavy rains in areas affected by the massive earthquake last weekend. Urgent help is needed.
Ten-year-old Asmita is a Plan sponsored child whose home was destroyed – and life was significantly shattered – as a result of the Nepal earthquake. This is her story from the earthquake.
“I was really frightened, thinking that everything and everyone around me was going to die. The ground was shaking all around…it made such a loud noise. I couldn’t sleep the whole night.
"I now worry that I won’t be able to study or go to school, because all of my books were destroyed, and buried within my collapsed home.” Read more.
As the scale of destruction from the Nepal earthquake becomes clearer, the needs of rural communities outside Kathmandu are particularly severe. This is where we will be focsuing our response. We have also begun distributing items including blankets, mosquito nets and education kits. Read more.
Our chief executive, Tanya Barron was in Nepal whent he earthquake struck. Here she updates us on the situation from Kathmandu.
"I went through the city and saw the main high school simply ripped apart; vast areas turned to great hills of rubble; and then came the camps. Partly government-run, there are 16 set up in Kathmandu so far. The one I saw had very flimsy cloth-screened rows of latrines with foul pools of muddy water around them. But mostly it looked like a motley collections of family camping tents or plastic sheets strung from sticks. All looked very poor and disorganised. There was certainly no lighting, and I think that the risks to girls and young women must be high." Read more.
Plan UK’s head of public engagement, Mike Thiedke was visiting our projects working with girls in Nepal when the earthquake hit. Here he updates us on Plan's response in the field.
Concern is growing for Nepal's remotest communities who have likely spent a second night without shelter after Saturday's earthquake. We fear that the reported death toll could increase significantly when rural areas are accounted for.
Plan UK Chief Executive, Tanya Barron, was on a scheduled visit to see Plan’s work with girl’s in Nepal when the 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck.
The journey to Kathmandu is proving perilous, and the scenes apocalyptic. Every available corner of open space is full of people, fearful of going indoors. Everyone just hopes that the worst is now over. Read more
Plan is receiving reports of widespread devastation in remote districts west of yesterday's huge earthquake, with a further significant aftershock felt in Kathmandu around lunchtime today.
Dr Unni Krishnan, Plan's Head of Disaster Response and Preparedness has warned that warning that the full extent of the Nepal earthquake will only be known once rural areas outside Kathmandu are reached.
Photo: REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar