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.
In the recovery phase, ACN focused on meeting essential needs such as CGI sheets for housing, health camp, and training for ward health mobilizers, stationery and school bags to students. This was followed by the winterization programme as many families lost their homes and belongings in the earthquake.
After completion of the recovery phase, the ACN team continue to work in Gorkha the severely devastated district to provide long-term recovery support. In this phase, ACN implements four different sub-projects. The projects help poor and marginalized communities in the reconstruction of schools, health posts, ward office, and private houses. Providing construction skill training to reconstruct damaged infrastructures, the programme also focused on the rehabilitation of livelihood, health, volunteer development, and mobilization as well as enhancing future disaster resilience.
5 earthquake resistant and disability friendly pre-fab health posts were reconstructed and handed over to local communities
4 earthquake resistant, child and disability friendly schools were reconstructed (2 primary, 2 secondary) and handed over to local communities
1 earthquake resistant and disability friendly ward office was reconstructed and handed over to local community
271 households were supported for their house reconstruction by vulnerable top up support scheme under Nepal Reconstruction Authority (NRA) guideline
Reconstruction Skill Training
325 local masons were trained on earthquake resilient construction techniques
50 men received one month house wiring training and passed first level exam of CTEVT
50 men received one month plumbing training and passed first level exam of CTEVT
Livelihood and Health Support
ACN planned different training and health awareness programs to improve health and rehabilitate livelihood affected by the earthquake.
Volunteer Development and Mobilization
My name is Ambika Regmi and I live in Ghaylchok -8 Gorkha district with my daughter. I was born with hearing and speaking disability.
My name is Min Bahadur Marahattha. I am 47 years old. I live in Gorkha district with my wife. We both work in field. I also work as a mason for livelihood.
Sanjiv Regmi, 27 lives in Gorkha district. There are four members in his family. His family income source is mainly farming.
Lila Kumari Bhujel lives in Gandaki Rural municipality ward no. 8, Ghyalchowk, Gorkha. She is a housewife and a farmer. She is very interested in farming and she loves working in a field.
Susma Nepali tells a story about her school reconstruction in this video, which highlights the ACN response in Nepal Earthquake of 2015.