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Nepal: One year on


In the wake of the deadly earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, Oxfam in Nepal and its local partners provided life saving support to over 480,000 people. 
 
The powerful earthquake, followed by a second quake on May 12 and countless aftershocks, affected a third of Nepal’s population. The numbers are staggering: 9000 people died and more than 22,000 were injured.  900,000 homes were damaged or destroyed completely. 
 
Thanks to you, Oxfam staff were able to respond immediately by providing people with life-saving drinking water and food. Within 72 hours our Nepalese partner organisations started to delivered temporary shelter kits and by mid August 7,000 emergency toilets had been established. 
 
Seeds, animal feed and tools were distributed to farmers and grants were given out to help 2,300 families to buy lifesaving equipment and medicine and maintain the local economy.
 
A cash-for-work scheme provided short-term employment to 14,000 vulnerable families and meant vital infrastructure, such as trails between villages and irrigation channels were repaired and rebuilt.
 
 “If I don’t do this work people won’t even be able to eat. I really like it as well because at the end of it I will be paid handsomely,” says Bimala.
 
Twenty six percent of house-holds in Nepal are headed up by women, many of the villages have been emptied of men as they seek work in Gulf states and Malaysia to support their families. 

Yet only nineteen per cent of women own land and a quarter of Nepalese women lack citizen certificates, so they are at great risk of being excluded from the relief and reconstruction efforts. 

To provide support, Oxfam created eight Women’s Centres that provided a safe home and helped women to obtain the legal documents they needed to rebuild their lives. 

It was not only families’ lives that we need to help rebuild though, to fully rebuild communities, we also need to focus on its industries. 

Nepal’s largest industry is tourism. Its mountains, trails and rich cultural history attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year which employs over a million people. 
 
Already though, this industry has lost $8.2 million (USD) in tourism dollars, so rebuilding it is critical. Oxfam is working on the ground to drive projects to rebuild trails and accommodation. So far, it has conducted an assessment of four affected districts and it is working with the government and its partners to ensure thrill-seekers return in droves – this will provide local Nepalese with the jobs they need to get their families back on track

Thanks to Oxfam supporters and local partners, nearly half a million Nepalese people have been able to rebuild their lives since the earthquakes. Yet there is more to be done. Over the next few years, Oxfam, with your support, will continue working with local organisations to ensure Nepal rises from the rubble of this devastating tragedy. 
 
 
 
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