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Photo essay: Hope and recovery in Nepal

Photo essay: Hope and recovery in Nepal

Having been on the ground in Nepal for more than 40 years, we were able to not only provide immediate relief to communities devastated by the 2015 earthquakes, but also offer long-term support. See first-hand how our work in Nepal is impacting vulnerable children and their families affected by last April's earthquakes.

Through medical relief, temporary shelter kits filled with home essentials, school uniforms and warm clothing, our team has reached over 17,500 people in the last year. It is our aim to ensure children have a safe environment to grow up in, access to quality education and medical support.

SOS youth carries child at relief camp in Nepal

Since the devastating earthquakes shook Nepal, we have been working to repair thousands of lives that were destroyed. Our Villages opened their doors to earthquake victims. In Kathmandu, the grounds of our Jorpati Village were turned into a medical relief camp. SOS mothers and SOS young people came together to cook food and distribute aid to earthquake victims. 

Young boy from relief camp in Nepal

When devastation strikes, children are the most vulnerable. Sujal, 2, was trapped under rubble for 36 hours before rescue crews found him next to his mother who died in the disaster. Sujal was able to receive aid and medical attention at the medical relief camp at the Jopati Village.

Children eat at Child Friendly Space in Nepal

Disaster can be traumatizing, especially for children. That’s why we opened 25 Child-Friendly Spaces where children had a safe place to play, learn, and receive care and counselling. These child designated spaces supported over 2,000 children and seven are still in operation.

Children colour at our Child Friendly Space in Nepal after the earthquake

Our team in Nepal set up a Child-Friendly Space at a relief camp in Bhaktapur, one of the worst affected areas in the Kathmandu Valley. SOS young people from our Villages organised a drawing and painting workshop where children expressed their experience of the earthquake. Many of these children had no home to go back to.

 Grandmother with her three grand-daughters after earthquake in Nepal

Bhagawati Baniya sits with her two grand-daughters, Jameli (left), 7, and Nirmala (right), 6, as she cradles their youngest sister, Maya, who is two-months-old. The three young girls lost their mother during the earthquake. Nirmala was buried under rubble together with her mother. SOS Children is supporting the family with financial and social support, so the children can grow up in a safe environment and continue their education.

Students do their work at a school SOS reconstructed in Nepal after earthquake

According to the Ministry of Education in Nepal, the two earthquakes destroyed or heavily damaged over 19,000 classrooms. Through school reconstruction, distributing school supplies and covering school fees, we are helping children return to school and continue their education. Students have also received combs, soap, towels and other toiletries.

 workers lay the foundation of school reconstruction in Nepal

Workers lay the foundation for new classrooms and toilets for a secondary school in the Kavre district. We are supporting the reconstruction of more than 10 government schools that were damaged during the earthquakes.

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