After one month, CARE and the other humanitarian actors working on the earthquake response have managed to do a lot, despite the huge logistical challenges. We have reached over 23,000 people with initial life-saving aid across four of the worst affected districts. However, there remains much, much more to do. There are still some very remote locations that have yet to be reached with aid supplies. The monsoon season is fast approaching adding extra and immediate time pressures to get aid quickly to people before the already bad roads become even worse.
EMERGENCY UPDATE: CARE’s emergency specialists from across the world are now in Nepal, and CARE has over 150 staff in Nepal already working in the majority of the most affected districts. CARE has launched an urgent appeal for funds to help those hit by the devastating earthquake.
Beginning in 1978 CARE was one of the first international aid agencies to work in Nepal. Today, CARE Nepal works to address the systemic and structural causes of poverty and social injustice, such as discrimination based on gender, caste, class and ethnicity; poor governance; and vulnerability from conflict and natural disasters. CARE has identified three core themes for its current programs:
- empowering women
- securing livelihoods and effectively managing natural resources
- addressing equity and social justice
CARE works with some of the poorest, most vulnerable communities in Nepal, focusing on Dalits (people deemed as lower class), socially excluded indigenous people, poor families, marriageable girls and boys, single women, people with HIV/AIDS, and people affected by conflict or disaster.
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Race against time to deliver shelter before monsoon rains
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No home to protect from the rains
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A Struggle to Overcome Discrimination in Nepal
My name is Dhan Bahadur Pariyar. I was born 35 years ago into an untouchable-caste family. I live with my 65-year-old father Mate, my 70-year-old mother Mangali, wife Suk Maya and Subash, who is 7.
Because I had been born into a lower caste, I was discriminated against my entire life. When I was 7, upper-caste people scolded me when I tried to drink water from a village water tap. I was surprised.
Grishma Raj Aryal, Communications Officer for CARE Nepal, writes about his personal experience on how communities are coming together to help those affected by the earthquake.
Two days after the big earthquake in Nepal, I woke up at 3 am. I felt another tremor. I had only managed to sleep for an hour and I could not get back to sleep for the rest of the night. We were still sleeping outside our house. At around 8:30 in the morning, I reached the CARE office in Kathmandu. Most of my colleagues were already in the office.
The devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal on June 25 has damaged or destroyed more than 750,000 houses. Amelia Rule, Emergency Shelter Advisor for CARE, talks about why a safe house is so important and how CARE supports people to rebuild their homes. She has been supporting CARE’s emergency team in Gorkha, one of the most affected areas, since late April.
Chiranjibi Nepal, who is leading CARE Nepal’s programs on sexual and reproductive health, writes about the challenges of providing healthcare to pregnant and lactating women following the earthquake.
I met Asmita a few days after the earthquake had struck Nepal. She lives in a little village called Simjung in the district of Gorkha, about a nine hour drive from the capital of Kathmandu. Asmita’s home and most of the houses in her village have been destroyed; the stones were literally shaken apart, burying the few belongings people possessed underneath.
Emmanuel Lan Chun Yang is the Regional Emergency Coordinator for Asia Pacific. He was deployed as part of the emergency response team for the Nepal earthquake as Field Team Leader in the district of Gorkha where the epicenter of the earthquake was located.
Little more than two weeks after Nepal's worst earthquake in 80 years, the country was hit by a second deadly earthquake this week. CARE staffers have served as a resource to media covering the disaster, providing updates on the humanitarian response. CARE President and CEO, Dr.
CARE is scaling up its response in affected areas / access to remote areas increasingly difficult
“The little hope people had left is now buried under rubble and rocks,” says Iljitsj Wemerman, who is leading CARE’s emergency response in Sindhupalchowk, the area which was most affected by the second deadly earthquake on Tuesday. “The houses were basically collapsing in front of us and the remaining structures still standing after the earthquake two weeks ago, have now also been destroyed.”
“When I grow up, I want to be a teacher and educate the people of my community”, said 8-year-old Riddhima from Macchegaon Village. Her grandmother, Ashamaya was sitting right beside her. She hugged her grandmother and started crying. “She is missing her parent,” her grandmother told us.
“Her father is in the hospital right now and her mother is taking care of Riddhima’s father. They have asked me to look after Riddhima, so she is living with me in a tent”.
Navaraj Gyawali is CARE Regional Director – Asia and originally from Nepal himself. He visited Nepal at the end of April to support the emergency response and accompanied one of CARE’s first helicopter drops of food aid to the remotest village CARE had yet accessed.