The devastating earthquakes of April and May 2015 disrupted the schooling of approximately 4 million children in Nepal. The earthquakes also displaced thousands of children and families from their homes - straining the resources of these families and risking children's chances of going to school long-term.
As part of the recovery phase of the earthquake response, we were the lead education organisation in Okhaldhunga, one of the hardest to reach districts affected by the earthquake. With their support we built 40 temporary learning centres to provide 1,595 children with a chance to go to school.
Further support from UNICEF, the EU and the Swedish Postcode Foundation allowed us to:
- give 5,239 children with access to a safe classroom
- provide 7,242 children with access to gender-friendly toilets and wash facilities
- distributed educational materials to 48,773 children
- trained over 300 teachers, parents and school managers in psychosocial support, disaster risk reduction and hygiene practices.
The Nepal earthquake highlighted the need for training in schools and communities on disaster risk reduction, school safety and how to respond in a disaster. In 2018, we will be supporting 4,000 children and over 1,000 teachers, parents and community members across 200 schools in earthquake-impacted communities. In partnership with CWISH and SAHAS we will strengthen the communities’ ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from a disaster by providing training, psychosocial support and providing educational materials.