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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United in Tragedy

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: CARE scales up response in hard hit remote districts

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Kathmandu, NEPAL (May 6, 2015) — Since the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, international aid agency CARE has reached nearly 11,000 people with food, emergency shelter and hygiene items, and is scaling up its response to reach 100,000 of the most vulnerable people, with a focus on the remote areas of Nepal, where many villages have yet to receive any aid due to blocked access.

Nepal Earthquake: United in tragedy

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It is hard to fathom that in a matter of seconds, an entire village could be turned into a heap of rubble. But that’s exactly what happened in Baruwa.

Like many of these remote villages, access to Baruwa has been cut off by landslides from the earthquake. The only way to get in is by helicopter or foot, so our team drove as far as we could by car, and then hiked the remaining 10 kilometers to Baruwa where we camped overnight to make plans to help this village.

Nepal Earthquake: How will I take care of my newborn baby?

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Rita was just outside her home tying up the cow when all of a sudden the earth started shaking knocking her to the ground. While most people were trying to get out of their houses, Rita rushed to get inside where her four-year-old daughter and newborn son were napping, but the house came tumbling down into a heap of rubble before she could get her children out.

Nepal Earthquake: Race against time to deliver urgent shelter before monsoon rains

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CARE to distribute emergency shelter kits to 30, 000 people over the next month

Kathmandu, NEPAL (May 3, 2015) — Thousands have been left homeless following the massive earthquake that rocked Nepal on April 25, and with monsoon season less than month away, it’s a race against time to get emergency shelter to people.

According to the Government of Nepal, over 130,000 homes were destroyed and more than 85,000 partially damaged. In some villages in remote areas, over 90 percent of the houses have been destroyed or damaged.

Nepal Earthquake: CARE to distribute shelter and hygiene kits to survivors in remote areas

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Kathmandu, NEPAL (April 28, 2015) — International aid agency CARE plans to distribute emergency shelter and hygiene kits this week to nearly 2,500 vulnerable people impacted by the earthquake in Nepal. Distribution of 250 kits are planned Wednesday in Gorkha, a rural area near the epicenter where it’s estimated that up to 80 percent of the homes are damaged.

Nepal Earthquake: Are We Going To Die?

The second earthquake hit this afternoon, and everybody started screaming. Everyone is afraid that there is going to be another, stronger earthquake. My nieces and nephews keep asking us, “Is there going to be another earthquake? Are we going to die?” We tell them that it will be okay, but they don’t believe us. Today I had just told my 10-year-old nephew Aarjan not to worry, that it won’t happen again, and then the earthquake hit.

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