On 25 April 2015, an earthquake of 7.6 magnitude hit Nepal, followed by hundreds of aftershocks. Nearly 9,000 people lost their lives, more than 22,000 were injured, and more than 890,000 houses were damaged or destroyed.
Oxfam's earthquake contingency plan was triggered and teams responded within 24 hours. Oxfam's earthquake response covers seven of the fourteen most affected districts: Gorkha, Nuwakot, Dhading, Sindhupalchowk, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur.
Initially Oxfam's response focused on immediate life-saving relief for earthquake affected communities. Since then, the response has focused on recovery and reconstruction: Oxfam has worked with the Government of Nepal and other NGOs to meet the needs of the most vulnerable families. Oxfam met its target to reach 400,000 households during the first phase of the response, from April to July.
Oxfam's vision for Nepal is a just society without poverty, in which all women and men live a life of dignity, enjoy their rights and assume their responsibilities as active citizens of Nepal. To contribute to this vision, Oxfam will continue its previous work on governance, gender equality and social inclusion. To to this there are three inter-connected programmes - gender justice, food and economic justice and disaster risk reduction.
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