- Countries outside the UK
- Release date:
- 12 5 2016
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April 2015, followed a year ago today by a massive aftershock measuring 7.3. The disaster left around 8,700 people dead, 22,000 injured and hundreds of thousands homeless.
The Big Lottery Fund committed a total of £2 million in May 2015 to help affected communities and after discussions with several agencies including the Disasters Emergency Committee it was agreed it would support the ongoing rehabilitation work beyond the immediate disaster relief phase.
The first five grants are being made to UK-based charities PHASE Worldwide, Global Action Nepal, Doctors of the World, Britain Nepal Medical Trust and Global Giving UK. Each project is based on consultations, surveys and focus groups in the targeted communities and been adapted according to their feedback on their needs.
PHASE Worldwide receives £528,075 to improve education and health activities for women and girls in the isolated and inaccessible Gorkha district. Its project will provide intensive support through agricultural training and nutrition awareness-raising. Activities may include raising chickens and goats, cash-crop farming or fruit tree cultivation. The project will also work with schools to ensure children don’t miss out on education. Teachers will be trained to develop child-friendly environments and promote gender inclusion. Schools and community groups will be engaged in a comprehensive public health programme to address issues emerging after the earthquake. These issues include an increase in waterborne diseases, health risks to children and older people from cold and exposure, mental health issues and a threat to women from trafficking and social instability.
PHASE workers helped Purna, a 60 year old widow, who lives in Sirdibas, where 90% of buildings were destroyed.
She said: “My eldest son was in Thulo Dunga when the earthquake hit. There was a huge landslide there, part of the rocky hillside broke off and took the whole path down. My son was buried by descending rocks and died instantly.
“In the earthquake I lost my son, my house and my cows and sheep. PHASE Nepal health workers who were in the village and helped treat injured people. They also distributed tarpaulins, which helped me to create a small temporary shelter.
“A few weeks later PHASE Nepal also distributed corrugated iron sheets, nails, wires, toolkits and sanitation kits. They also paid two carpenters to help me to build a small temporary home. I am very grateful for all the work that they have done.”
Global Action Nepal receives £139,940 for a project in the Dolakha district to increase their capacity for self-recovery through improved rebuilding and disaster risk-reduction skills. Young women will become building champions and be trained in construction, technical and vocational skills through the building of demonstration houses. These will show the community what a model home should look like and then be turned into learning resource centres to host educational and social development activities. Households will be trained how to use materials to prepare their homes for the extremely cold winter using foam mats and tarpaulin. Other households will be trained how to harvest rainwater using gutters, piping and tanks.
Doctors of the World receives £622,331 for a project in the mountainous Sindhupalchok district. The project will improve access to quality primary care through training and support of health workers serving health facilities. It will include training in water, sanitation and hygiene practices, sexual health, gender based violence and psychological training. The project will work directly with communities and groups to repair and improve water and sanitation systems damaged by the earthquake. It will also help to increase the resilience of communities to future disasters by working with women’s cooperatives to develop and diversify livelihood options.
Britain Nepal Medical Trust receives £181,615 for a project operating in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Makawanpur, Nuwakot and Sindupalchok to reduce psychosocial problems, decrease diarrhoea, sanitation and hygiene-related diseases, and increase the availability of health services and medicine. Mental health and psychosocial support services will be improved and community sessions will be held to give sanitation advice and distribute hygiene kits and water purifiers.
Global Giving UK receives £183,309 to help people across Dolakha, Gorkha, Bhaktapur, Newakot, Sindhupalchowk, Dhading and Kavrepalanchok reduce health-related illness, increase good hygiene practices and school attendance and increase surplus income. Global Giving will be distributing relatively small amounts of funding to local grassroots organisations to improve sanitation and access to clean water, reconstruct three schools destroyed in the earthquake and the implementation of a health, sanitation and hygiene education programme. Peer learning networks will be created, offering access to learning opportunities focussing on organisational capacity, effective programme delivery and citizen engagement.
Peter Ainsworth, Big Lottery Fund UK Chair, said: “The shocking images of destruction following the earthquake a year ago are hard to forget and survivors are still coping with the aftermath. We want to help people to rebuild their communities and infrastructure and make them more resilient and so are funding several experienced organisations to work on the long term recovery in Nepal.”
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