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.

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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.


Nepal Earthquake: Setting Up Emergency Response

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.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, April 28, just 3 days after the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal, I arrived in Kathmandu from Bangkok where I’m based. By Wednesday morning I was already making my way to the district of Gorkha in western Nepal where the earthquake epicenter had been and where the...

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Second Earthquake Shakes Nepal

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. Helene Gayle was interviewed live on CNN International’s flagsh ip Asia Pacific morning show on May 13, while Lucy Beck was interviewed live by phone on...

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Nepal: People need even more help after the second earthquake

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.”

CARE had started supporting people in Sindhupalchowk, and will now further scale up...

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Nepal Earthquake: A Grandmother’s Dream of Educating her Granddaughter

“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”.

“We were planning to send her to school this year, but we won’t be able to do that. Her father works in a cement...

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Nepal Earthquake: Hunger in the Hills

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.

As a Nepali I was shocked and saddened when a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit my home country, destroying large swathes of the country and killing thousands of people. I was glad to have the opportunity to visit in my home country the following week to see family and friends, but more importantly, to see how...

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Nepal: Rapid Gender Analysis Overview

Nepal: CARE continues delivery of emergency assistance after second major earthquake

KATHMANDU (May 13, 2015) – Little more than two weeks after Nepal’s worst earthquake in more than 80 years, the country was traumatized by a second deadly earthquake on May 12.

CARE was in the process of scaling up its response in the remote Sindhupalchowk district at the time of the second earthquake.

A CARE team was in the village of Yarsa, Sindhupalchowk, doing an assessment and preparation. They reported that houses standing after the first earthquake have now fallen, causing more injuries. CARE helped facilitate the evacuation of a seriously injured woman in Yarsa....

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Nepal Earthquake: Reacting and Responding to Disaster

3am on Saturday 25 April 2015, the phone rang in my hotel room just outside of Atlanta, Georgia, USA where I was staying for a meeting with CARE USA colleagues. A big earthquake had hit Nepal; the country where I am Country Director and my adopted home. My first thought was for the safety of my staff, but more importantly of my own family. My wife is Nepali and Nepal is my home; hearing the news it was as if my own country had been hit and I felt sick to my stomach. Thankfully, and against all the odds, communications lines within Nepal were still working and I was able to call my wife who...

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Nepal Earthquake: Pregnant Women in Urgent Need of Assistance, CARE Warns

Many health clinics have been destroyed; CARE starts distributing safe birthing kits to remote villages

KATHMANDU, Nepal (May 11, 2015) — An estimated 126,000 pregnant women affected by the devastating earthquake in Nepal are in urgent need of health services, warns the international humanitarian organisation CARE. “More than 15 percent of these pregnant women will experience some form of life threatening complication during delivery if they don’t receive medical aid as soon as possible,” says Carolyn Baer, CARE’s senior technical advisor for sexual,...

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CARE in the News: Nepal Earthquake

In the wake of a devastating earthquake in Nepal, CARE provided updates to dozens of media outlets around the world.

On Apr. 25, CNN International interviewed CARE Nepal’s Country Officer, Lex Kassenberg who focused on CARE’s response and what kind of aid is now needed to help those in need.

On Apr. 26, Helene Gayle was interviewed live on CNN...

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