Children in Nepal continue to struggle with destroyed homes, a lingering emotional toll and the persistent threat of disease and exploitation following two massive earthquakes that struck near Kathmandu in 2015.
The 7.8 and 7.3 magnitude earthquakes destroyed a staggering 605,000 homes, leaving more than 1 million children in dire need of humanitarian aid.
More than 9,000 people were killed and children are still coming to terms with the deaths of close friends and family – a profound level of stress that needs expert counselling.
With 80 per cent of health facilities and much of Nepal’s water and sanitation infrastructure destroyed in the quake, rebuilding will take years.
“All the houses are ruined, so is my school. We’re motivating our friends to come back to school, even if we have to study in open fields.”
UNICEF was there from day one, delivering clean water, sanitation and shelter to families sleeping rough, keeping children safe and setting up temporary hospitals so lifesaving medical care could continue. We were there in the tough months to follow, providing nutritional support, helping kids back to school and giving them the psychosocial support they needed to cope and recover. We’ve been in Nepal for more than 40 years and we’ll be there for children as long as we’re needed.