Despite all he has been through, today, Aakash is smiling. “From the beginning, SOS helped me,” he says. “I feel happy.” Thanks to supporters like you, Aakash is one of 2,000 children who benefit from our child-friendly spaces every day.
Thanks to you: long-term support for Nepal's worst-affected families
100 days on from the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal, SOS supporters around the world are helping the worst-affected families and children recover from the most severe natural disaster to hit the country in nearly a century.
With relief projects in 12 districts across the country, we have reached around 42,000 children and 3,000 new mothers:
- In the aftermath of the quake, our priority was to establish child-friendly spaces to provide safe places for children traumatised by disaster. Today, we are providing care to 2,000 children across 25 child-friendly spaces
- Many families lost everything in the quake, so we provided a “home in a box” for the worst-affected. The kit included clothes, bedding, food and utensils
- So far, we have taken in 35 children orphaned or separated from their parents by the disaster
- We are helping 1,000 families return to normality and resume their livelihoods. Many of these families will join our long-term family strengthening programmes
- We will rebuild 300 homes and four schools destroyed by the earthquake.
With monsoon season starting and eight million people still without a roof over their heads, our work is critical in ensuring children remain safe in the months after the earthquake.
Aakash's story: “I feel happy”
Aakash's house was destroyed by the quake. The roof missing, all that protects Aakash and his family from the elements is a piece of tarpaulin rigged up by his father. With monsoon season fast approaching, the situation is becoming dire.
Despite the chaos around him, Aakash spends each day at the child-friendly space in Rayale. Here, he joins other children to learn, play and begin to recover his childhood.
“I like everything here,” he says, “playing, dancing, storytelling... I get tea, and meals... I have many friends... The school opens at 10am and closes at 4pm. I like the teachers here, I like studying, writing and learning.”
A new home for Usha
On 25th April, 10-year-old Usha and her family were readying themselves for a festival. Food was in the oven and all the children were decorating the house ready for the celebrations. Usha and her older sister were outside playing when the ground began to rumble their uncle cried “Earthquake!”
Usha and her sister began to reenter the building, but their father shouted to them not to come inside. “I got out,” Usha says. “I tried to save my elder sister, but I could not save her.” Usha lost her entire family that day. Her home was completely destroyed.
Today, Usha is one of 35 children to find a new home in a Children's Village after losing their families in the earthquake. Nothing will erase the horrors of that day, and the loss Usha feels – but now she has an SOS mother to take care of her as she grows up with her new family.
In ten Children's Villages across the country, we provide a loving home for the Nepal's most vulnerable children. We were there long before the earthquake struck and will continue to support those most in need for years to come. Find out more and learn how you can help.