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Nepal earthquake response: six months on

In April this year, Nepal was struck by two huge earthquakes. Nearly 9,000 people were killed and over 22,000 were injured. Hundreds of thousand people were left homeless.

Thanks to Oxfam supporters around the world, we've reached 445,000 people with emergency shelters, water, toilets, hygiene kits and farming supplies. But we won’t stop there. We are still working hard in Nepal to help communities get back on their feet after the earthquake.

Here’s what we’ve achieved together so far:

Shelter

Maahili Goli Tamang, 57, (above) a mother of six, clears debris from the side of her house in Burunchili. Her home was completely destroyed by the earthquake.

Maahili and her family,were sowing corn seeds when the first earthquake struck. She returned home to find that her home had collapsed. Around 150 of the 200 houses in her villages were completely destroyed.

Oxfam provided shelter kits so that families could have shelter before the rainy season set in. Since then, Oxfam partners have provided training so that local people have the necessary skills to build and maintain shelters.

Clean water

Dil Sushila Lama, 23 and Deepak, 12, take water from a tank installed by Oxfam in Burunchili, Kathmandu.

Many water supply systems were damaged or completely destroyed by the earthquakes. We've been repairing and installing water supplies to help prevent disease and to promote better health,. Thanks to Oxfam supporters, over 35,000 people have been able to access safe, drinking-water.

Sanitation and hygiene

Man Bahadur, 12, cleans a toilet installed by Oxfam in the village of Burunchili, Kathmandu.

Water, sanitation and hygiene is a key part of Oxfam’s response. We have helped Man and other residents of Burunchili by supplying them with water storage containers, toilets and hygiene kits.

Supporting livelihoods

Sharmila Karki, 48, Goma Limbu, 60, and Manju Thapa, 31 work in an onion field outside an informal settlement in the Manohara area of Kathmandu.

Oxfam supprters have helped provide staple foods, as well as rice seeds and agricultural tools to help people rebuild their livelihoods.

33,600 farmers received seeds to replant lost crops and lost or destroyed agricultural tools were replaced. Additionally, 918 households also received cash to help clear debris — helping the recovery effort whilst giving people the chance to earn an income again.

As we move from immediate emergency relief to longer-term recovery, there is a focus on providing women with targeted support through counselling and referral services, reactivating existing women's groups, and empowering women through life skills training and activities to strengthen their ability to provide for themselves and their families.

Photo credit: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

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