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Thank you to everyone who donated to our Nepal appeal. Thanks to your generosity, the funding need has now been met and we are no longer taking donations.

Any donations made through this page will be placed in our emergency appeal fund for use in future emergency responses.

A mother and child in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquakeNepal's worst earthquake in 80 years has left families in chaos, with children alone and frightened as scenes of horror unfold around them. Many have been orphaned and have no one to care for them.

We are working to protect the most vulnerable children by:

  • Distributing aid to families in need
  • Reuniting families
  • Providing care to lone children
  • Offering safe spaces to give children stability

Please help Nepal's children.

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Quake leaves death and destruction in its wake

An aid worker holding a childThe magnitude 7.8 quake hit central Nepal on the morning of Saturday 25th April, with the epicentre just 50 miles north of Kathmandu. Thousands of people have been killed, with untold destruction affecting homes, schools, hospitals and cultural landmarks.

With the quake's epicentre in the isolated rural area between Kathmandu and Pokhara, the death count is expected to rise substantially as officials and aid workers reach the more inaccessible areas worst-affected by the disaster. Charities and humanitarian organisations like SOS Children's Villages are reacting swiftly but the scale of the disaster is yet to become clear.

Protecting children in crisis

In the immediate aftermath of the quake, families were forced onto the streets as aftershocks brought the threat of further damage to lives and property. Many children have been separated from their families, and in the most tragic cases orphaned. Whether with their families or not, natural disaster is frightening for children and without the right support, can leave serious long-term damage.

Our promise to families affected by the quake:

“To those parents who are separated from their children, we offer our commitment to make every effort to reunite them with you or your family. And on behalf of parents who have perished in this terrible tragedy, we offer care or other support for the children to the best of our ability.”
—Richard Pichler, Chief Executive, SOS Children's Villages International

What are we doing to help?

We are committed to keeping families together, providing care, and offering stability to children in trauma at this time of crisis:

  • Providing aid, healthcare and shelter: Our Children's Village in Jorpati has been converted into a medical camp, and our team are delivering first aid, food and water to those in need. From the Village in Kavre, we are providing first aid, food and water to people at the nearby rescue camp.
  • An aid worker protects a child after the earthquake which struck Nepal in April 2015Reuniting families: We are working to reunite lost and unaccompanied children with their parents and families. We will also target families at risk of breaking up as a result of the strain caused by the disaster. Given our long-term presence in Nepal, we have well-established processes for managing this, from identification and registration to documentation and family tracing.
  • Providing care: Where children cannot be reunited in the short- or long-term, we will provide care at our Children's Villages in the area, including our Village in Sanothimi.
  • Child-friendly spaces: Natural disaster places strain on children, and means that parents need to work hard to support their families. When disaster strikes, our child-friendly spaces provide a safe and stable environment where children can rest, play and socialise with others their own age. Where needed, we provide psychological support and counselling. Temporary care relieves the burden on parents, allowing them to do what they need to do to provide for their families.

Given our long-term presence in Nepal, we are well-placed to deliver the care children need at this time. We have good relationships with the authorities and other organisations, as well as our network of expert local staff across our 10 Children's Villages, managed from our national office in Nepal. SOS mothers and young people are getting involved in the relief work, preparing and distributing food alongside staff.

How can I help?

Appeal now closed

Thanks to your generosity, we have met the funding need for this appeal and we are no longer taking donations.

Any donations made through this page will be placed in our emergency relief fund for use in future emergency response.

By donating to our work, you can ensure that Nepal's most vulnerable children get support, care and the opportunity to lead a happy, healthy life:

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How will my money be spent?

Your money will support our emergency relief work to help those affected by the earthquake in Nepal. If we raise more money than we need, we will use it to fund other emergency relief programmes around the world. A small proportion will be used to cover our admin costs here in the UK.

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