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Nepal: From response to recovery

A year on from the earthquake, we continue to work with local people, our partners and the government to ensure that Nepal builds back stronger than before. Here's a snapshot of some of the life-changing work that we have been able to do thanks to supporters like you.

First 3 months

25 April 2015: 11.56am
An earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale hits Nepal. Just over two weeks later a second earthquake strikes. Almost 9,000 people are killed and over 850,000 homes are destroyed or damaged. Oxfam acts immediately – working with our local partners and volunteers to get help even to the most remote areas.
Credit: Shristi Rajbhandari

First 3 months

The public donate generously for emergency supplies
In the UK, support for our earthquake appeal is overwhelming. Thanks to your generosity, within days of the earthquake we’ve delivered thousands of tonnes of life-saving supplies to Nepal from our warehouses in Bicester, UK and Spain, as well as our stores in India and Kathmandu.
Credit: Aubrey Wade

First 3 months

Rice seeds
The earthquake struck just as farmers were beginning to plant their crops. We give thousands of farmers rice seeds so they can replant before the monsoon season takes hold.
Credit: Jes Aznar

First 3 months

Clean water and hygiene kits
In the first 3 months Oxfam distributes over 29,000 hygiene kits – including buckets, soap and towels – helping to prevent the spread of disease. In addition, we deliver clean water for drinking and cooking, plus emergency food supplies and shelter kits; and we construct emergency latrines.
Credit: Pablo Tosco

3 to 6 months

Safer living conditions
By autumn, we build almost 8,000 latrines in the worst-affected communities – creating safer, more dignified living conditions for around 116,000 people.
Credit: Aubrey Wade

3 to 6 months

Shelter
With winter approaching, Oxfam provides shelter materials and winter kits – including thermal floor mats, groundsheets, blankets and hot water bottles – to help families survive the plummeting temperatures.
Credit: Sam Tarling

6 to 12 months

Local economy
We distribute vouchers to enable the most vulnerable families to buy seeds, tools and other essential items – which in turn helps to boost the local economy.
Credit: Kieran Doherty

6 to 12 months

Facilities in schools
We're also repairing and restoring longer-term water and sanitation facilities in schools, with separate toilets and wash areas for girls to encourage them to come to school.
Credit: Kieran Doherty

6 to 12 months

Recovery
Our focus shifts from emergency relief to long-term recovery. Thousands of people benefit from cash-for-work schemes, which give them a much-needed income in return for repairing damaged water supplies and pathways connecting communities. We also provide recovery grants to help rebuild livelihoods.
Credit: Aubrey Wade

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