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Where We Work : Nepal

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday 25th of April 2015 causing devastation as far away as Northern India. The area was hit with a second 7.3 magnitude quake just 17 days later, on May 12, causing further damage and suffering for those who had survived the initial disaster. Around 8,700 were killed, including around 150 people who were killed during the May 12 quake. The UN estimates that 8 million people have been affected by this earthquake.

In the midst of this, our partners on the ground are found reasons to thank God; the earthquake happened at midday on a Saturday, schools and offices were closed. There was little transport on the roads and families were together not scattered. Also, people were awake and able to move out of collapsing buildings rather than asleep in their beds.

Kathmandu, a city of two million people is perched on the edge of the tectonic plates that form the Himalayas. An earthquake of this magnitude had been predicted for this part of the world for many years, with estimates that the death toll would be in the region of 100,000, a number that mercifully was not reached.

Tearfund have been active in reducing poverty in Nepal since 1970. Local partners on the ground include the United Mission to Nepal and the International Nepal Fellowship. Our partners are trained in earthquake preparedness in anticipation of an earthquake and so are well placed to participate in the relief and recovery efforts.

After an initial emergency aid operation, we are now looking towards the future for Nepal and we hope to run a project that will raise awareness of the issue of human trafficking in particular child trafficking in Nepal. The rate of child trafficking spikes dramatically in the aftermath of a natural disaster and we want to help keep communities safe. Both before, during and after a natural disaster such as an earthquake. This means educating people on the dangers of trafficking and helping them to protect themselves. We also want to reintegrate children who have been placed in institutional care back into their families and communities where they can grow up at the centre of their families and communities who love them.