On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck near Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu. The massive tremor left more than 8,000 dead and an estimated 23,000 injured and homeless.
One year later, IRT looks back on the work it has done to help the people of Nepal, as well as the work we are still carrying out to bring devastated Nepal communities back to self-sufficiency.
Within one week of the quake, our shipments of medical supplies were on the ground in Nepal. These medical supplies supported 20,000 people for the first three months after the disaster:
Working with our local partners, we delivered emergency shelter and hygiene kits for 3,000 families in hard-hit communities:
Furthermore, we helped build temporary classrooms for 10,000 students so that they could safely continue their education during the rainy season:
Today, we are still in Nepal helping to rebuild. Because of the widespread damage, there is still so much that needs to be done. IRT is helping to fund the rebuilding of an English boarding school in the Mt. Everest region. This school, the first of its kind in the area, provided an education to children as young as four, who otherwise would not have an opportunity to study close to their families. Sadly, after only one month in operation, the walls came crashing down in the earthquake. Construction is already underway on the new and improved school, now built with earthquake-resistant materials.
The recovery stage, the final stage of a disaster, is often the longest and most difficult. Although Nepal has not made headline news for months, the people are still recovering and rebuilding. Lets not forget that organizations like IRT are still helping the Nepalese recover.