Nepal

7.9 EARTHQUAKE STRIKES NEPAL

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

Country Info

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.

Microfinance

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.

HIV & AIDS

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.

Agriculture

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.

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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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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.

 

Eldest Son’s Burden: Cycle of Early Marriage Continues for Child Grooms

Mathura Dhobi remembers his wedding day as a joyous, festive occasion. A band was playing. Everyone was dancing.

Mathura sat on a wooden stool during the ceremony, next to his bride, who was wearing a yellow sari. He’s not sure what they said to each other, if anything.

Mathura was 12. His bride was 10.

“I knew I was getting married but I didn’t know what that meant,” he said. “I thought it must be good. My parents were happy. My grandparents were happy. I was happy too.”

How One Child Groom is Fighting Child Marriage Today

Everything seemed to be going well for Parshuram Harijan amid the dancing and celebration at his wedding. Until he had to go to bathroom.

Never before had Parshuram worn a dhoti, a traditional men’s wrap that covers the legs and is knotted at the waist. Unable to untie it, he urinated on the special outfit. Parshuram felt ashamed, as if he had sullied his wedding day.

He was 9 years old.

“I had no idea what marriage meant,” said Parshuram, now 31. “But I knew there were new expectations for me. Everyone told me you have responsibilities now.” 

I Was a Child Groom

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I don't remember very much about my wedding, just that there was a big party and I was carried to it in an ornate carriage. I was 8 years old. Rajkumari, my wife, was 7.

She was forced to drop out of school immediately. At first, I stayed in school. I loved school. My favorite subjects were geography, social studies and ethics. And I joined as many extracurricular activities as I could, like sports, debate competitions, quizzes.

Nepal Earthquake: “People are not helpless; let’s learn to listen”

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.

Building a Better Nepal

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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. 

Nepal Earthquake: “Your place for safety & comfort almost killed you”

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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.

Nepal Earthquake: A New Life After the Quake

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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. 

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