Going beyond immediate needs: A commitment to rebuilding after the Nepal earthquake

by ChildFund Japan / Member Spotlight

On 25 April 2015, a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 struck Nepal, with its epicenter 50 miles (80 km) north-west of the capital Kathmandu. A strong aftershock (magnitude 7.3) followed on 12 May, with its epicenter 47 miles north-east of Kathmandu.

Almost 9,000 people were killed, and 22,300 were injured. Of the 2.8 million people who were affected, 1.1 million (40%) were children.

Member spotlight features ChildFund's response to the 2015 earthquake in Nepal

by Diana Quick / Blog

On 25 April 2015, a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 struck Nepal, with its epicenter 50 miles (80 km) north-west of the capital Kathmandu. A strong aftershock (magnitude 7.3) followed on 12 May, with its epicenter 47 miles north-east of Kathmandu.

Almost 9,000 people were killed, and 22,300 were injured. Of the 2.8 million people who were affected, 1.1 million (40%) were children.

Within days, ChildFund was on the ground responding to the immediate needs of children and families affected by the earthquake. And then we stayed for more than two years to make sure families and communities were equipped to make a full recovery. 

Read the full spotlight feature here.

Nepal Earthquake Response Report (2015-2017)

by ChildFund Japan / Reports

In the immediate aftermath of the two powerful earthquakes that struck Nepal in early 2015, ChildFund responded with emergency relief in the form of food, shelter and child-centered spaces. Over the following two years, ChildFund supported the rehabilitation of communities, rebuilding schools and providing supplies, ensuring safe water and hygiene, and providing livelihoods support to families. Overarching all programs was a commitment to child protection, and preparing for future emergencies.

The effects of drought in the Horn of Africa go far beyond hunger

by Fred Mugabi, Information Management Officer / Blog

Eleven-year-old Kamal* walked barefoot across scorched scrubland for a week from his home in Somalia to Kenya. With their crops and livestock devastated by drought, Kamal’s family had no choice but to leave and try their luck in a new country.

Kamal was lucky. Unlike many children who died along the way, he made it across the Kenyan border, and is now living in Dolow, near Ethiopia.

But there, too, the situation is desperate.

* Not his real name. Name has been changed to protect his privacy.