To help people recover from the effect of the 2015 Earthquake with aims to restore their life and community and increase their resilience for future disaster.
Nepal is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Loss of life and property occurs every year from natural disasters. ACN has experience in serving people affected by disasters.
Nepal experienced a devastating earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 on 25th April 2015, which was followed by hundreds of powerful aftershocks including one very powerful shock on 12 May 2015 with a magnitude of 6.8. Approximately 9000 people died, more than 22,000 were injured and 600,000 houses were destroyed. These earthquakes impacted almost one-third of the population of Nepal. It was Nepal’s worst natural disaster in over 80 years.
The Disaster Resilience Assistance Programme was initiated by ACN and Pokhara Christian Community (PCC) to help with emergency supplies, rebuilding shelters for the survivors and restoring their lives by strengthening communities through various actions. The programme focuses on meeting the immediate needs through relief, recovery followed by the reconstruction and rehabilitation phase, which aims to provide long-term recovery support for rehabilitation of communities.
In the early relief phase, ACN reached out to around 15,000 families of 10 affected districts with emergency relief supplies including food, shelter and health and other supplies for emergency needs.
The programme later focused on 5 VDCs (4 rural municipalities) of Gorkha to continue its recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation projects.