Our work in Nepal began in April 2015 when the worst disaster to strike Nepal in decades left 9,000 people dead and 2.8 million in need of humanitarian aid.
The 7.8 magnitude Ghorka earthquake caused widespread chaos and destruction across the country.
Within a week of the disaster Islamic Relief teams were on the ground providing lifesaving aid. Teaming up with Lutheran World Federation and local charity Batas Foundation, we distributed food, tents, and warm clothing to more than 2, 000 families in remote communities.
We showed families how to build shelters that were more robust than tents and installed temporary toilets and classrooms. We also trained and supported women and girls from over 250 families to ensure they had access to the training and services they need.
Since the earthquake response, Islamic Relief has been building the resilience of communities through disaster risk reduction programmes and supporting access to food and livelihoods. We’re also running projects to protect vulnerable members of society, promote education and provide safe access to water and sanitation.
We are currently working on a project to increase the safety of children who are at risk of being trafficked from marginalised communities in Rautahat district, one of the poorest regions in the country, with over 40% of its population living below the poverty line. The project focuses on preventative measures via education and protection services, as well as offering livelihood support to the children’s families.