Earthquake Relief and Response

Rebuilding after the Earthquakes of 2015

 
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The Small World began building permanent, earthquake resistant schools to replace those destroyed and damaged by the two major earthquakes that hit Nepal on 25th April and 12th May, 2015. They have left an ugly mark by killing over 10,000 people, injuring more than 20,000 people, and damaging almost all schools, houses and infrastructure in many rural districts of Nepal, including the Solukhumbu district in the Everest region.

 
 

Nepal is currently in a state of violence and instability after the adoption of the new Constitution. The country, which is still struggling with post-earthquake vulnerabilities, is now troubled with internal conflicts due to a disagreement in the Constitution from indigenous groups who are blocking the Nepal-India border. 

 
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Being a landlocked country, Nepal has been dependent on its imports from India which includes the import of basic supplies like fuel, cooking gas, and other items. The whole country is now facing shortages in meeting basic daily needs. This has increased vulnerabilities and risks for women, children, and earthquake victims as individuals have to stand in line for days to buy petrol and cooking gas.

We realize that all these problems have increased the role of non-profits like The Small World, which are working on the ground directly with local people. We are committed always to protecting women and children and reaching these earthquake victims. Our school reconstruction programme in Solukhumbu started the second week of November 2016. Our field staffs and international volunteers from Norway and the USA left for Solukhumbu to begin the projects.

A huge thanks to all our supporters, friends, and partners who are helping us to build temporary school construction, immediate relief with foods, water, tarpaulins, and sanitation supplies and continue our ongoing projects. Your generous support after these earthquakes benefited 20,000 people and built 20 temporary schools in the Solukhumbu district.

 
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Today, we are in vital need of your continued support to build permanent earthquake resistant schools, teach locals how to make their homes more structurally sound for future quakes, and help keep girls in school to assure future leaders and save them from trafficking and other abuses.


Gary Wornell