Death toll is more than 5,000 with hundreds of thousands of people having lost their homes.

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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.

Our Work in Nepal

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.


There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Youth Empowerment

Addressing the needs of the 1.8 billion young people in the world is critical to ending poverty.

Girls' Education

The majority of the 57 million children out of school are girls — their future is at risk.

Family Planning

Family planning is a proven strategy in reducing maternal mortality.


Poverty is both a cause and consequence of HIV and AIDS.

Child Survival

This year, more than 7 million children will die before their 5th birthday.

Clean Water

Access to clean water and decent toilets saves lives and helps families and communities prosper.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.


By failing to close the gender gap in agriculture, the world is paying dearly.

Climate Change

Climate change threatens the very survival of people living in poverty all over the world.

Child Nutrition

Malnutrition affects 200 million children and the consequences can last a lifetime.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

LS: Nepal Earthquake 1

Race against time to deliver shelter before monsoon rains

LS: Nepal Earthquake 2

No home to protect from the rains

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Latest News from Nepal

Nepal: Planting the Seeds of Hope for the Future

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.


Nepal Earthquake: Factsheet

As of July 2015

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Modern Agricultural Practices to Empower Farmers

Kabir Ekramul is a food security advisor for CARE. He has worked in many parts of the world on food security. In this blog he talks about ways that Nepal can progress and rebuild after the...

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Nepal: Planting the Seeds of Hope for the Future

CARE’s Binisha Ranjitkar recently visited Sindhupalchowk district, Nepal – one of the worst affected by the recent earthquake. Here she met Sup Yonjan who talked about the recent seed distributions by CARE and how they are helping him regain his livelihood and rebuild his life.

Taking shelter against a small wall to avoid the heat in a sunny afternoon, Sup Yonjan waits patiently for his name to be called. I met Sup Yonjan as he was waiting to receive corrugated iron sheeting from CARE. This sheeting is just one of a number of items he has received from various agencies...

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Addressing Child Marriage in Nepal through Behavior Change Communication and Social Mobilization

The goal of the Chunauti (which means “challenge” in Nepali) project, which was supported by USAID and implemented by CARE, was to decrease the harmful practices of child marriage and gender-based violence in three districts of Nepal - Dhanusha, Mahottari, and Rupandehi - and strengthen the enabling environment at the national and district levels to combat child marriage and other forms of gender-based violence through behavior change communication and social mobilization in Nepal.

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Nepal Earthquake: The loss of much more than just a home

Earthquakes, perhaps more than any other type of disaster, are a shelter disaster. In Nepal this is more the case than any disaster I’ve known – but the effects of the earthquake are far from...

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Child Grooms of Nepal Forced to be Dads Too Soon, CARE Finds in Father’s Day Report

Boys married as young as 7 suffer trauma, now growing into key allies against child marriage.

KAPILBASTU, Nepal (June 15, 2015) — Boys forced to marry as young as 7 years old in Nepal endure psychological trauma, have children early and often drop out of school to support their new families, according to a report released today by the poverty-fighting group CARE.

Titled “ Dads Too Soon: The Child Grooms of Nepal ,” the multimedia report details the forces pushing boys into early marriages in the farming...

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Nepal Earthquake: A Family’s Home Destroyed Twice in a Decade

Sanu Maya B.K from the village of Barpak, Gorkha where the Nepal earthquake epicenter was, talks about how she lost her house for the second time and her worry that the monsoon will create more landslides.

For Sanu Maya and her family in Barpak village, tragedy is a regular occurrence. Throughout her life, she has been vulnerable to different disasters that hit her village on an almost yearly basis. When she remembers all the hard work she and her son had put in to constructing her once beautiful house, tears come to her eyes; “We took a loan out to construct our home,...

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Nepal Quake: CARE deploys further assistance to remote part of Nepal as monsoon arrives

KATHMANDU, Nepal (June 5, 2015) – As the monsoon season begins across Nepal, CARE is worried about the large numbers of people sleeping outdoors without any kind of permanent shelter; many in the remotest parts of the country. It is a race against time to provide key assistance to people who have been affected by the earthquake before many areas become totally cut off. CARE is prioritizing emergency shelter and hygiene and sanitation for these communities.

CARE is providing corrugated...

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Working with Nepal’s Marginalized Communities After the Earthquake

Mangal Bahadur B.K, who belongs to the Dalit community of Nepal - a lower, landless caste and often traditionally discriminated against - shares his experiences about the problems faced by the Dalit community after the earthquake.

The name CARE is very familiar to 36 year old Mangal Bahadur B.K who belongs to the Dalit community of Nepal. He has many fond memories of CARE working in his village 15 years ago where they formed community groups to manage waste and provide livestock to families. “We used to be regularly discriminated against by the older generations because...

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Nepal Earthquake: How CARE Buys in an Emergency

Yen Tan, is a Senior Procurement Specialist for CARE. Yen has been working for CARE for 15 years on procurement. He was the first experienced procurement staff member recruited by the organisation and has worked with CARE in a number of different emergencies around the world.

For me the three core principles of good procurement are quality, quantity and timeliness. Can I buy the amount I need, is it good quality and how quickly can the supplier get it to me so I can get it out to the people who need it? Last but not least making sure you are getting the best price by...

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