ActionAid International USA

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May 9, 2016

One year later

One year ago, a huge earthquake struck Nepal. More than 9,000 people lost their lives and over eight million people – almost a third of Nepal’s population – were affected. Over 770,000 homes were damaged, leaving many to face the winter without shelter, warm clothes, food and water.

Thanks to your generous support, ActionAid was able to respond quickly and get emergency relief to those who needed it most. We successfully reached over 118,000 people, providing basic necessities such as food, shelter, and safe places to look after their kids. With more than 40 years’ experience working in Nepal, we were able to mobilize our networks of women and youth in Nepal and provide them with the things they needed to help the most vulnerable people in their communities.

While the rebuilding process is underway, it will be a long road to recovery. To truly rebuild from a disaster like this, we must make sure vulnerable communities are better protected for future disasters and that they are able to hold their government to account so the money and land needed for permanent shelter is made available to them before the cold winter arrives. That’s why ActionAid has committed to a three year minimum response program focusing on women rights, land rights, education, and the reconstruction of homes and livelihoods. By 2018, we aim to reach more than 193,000 people affected by the earthquake.

The long-term recovery effort will ensure women’s safety and dignity by combatting gender based violence, and ensuring their access to public services, education, and land to live and farm on. It will place emphasis on education for children, as well as access to job training and employment for adults which will allow them access to sustainable future income. We will work with communities to construct weather proof housing and prepare them for any future disasters. And we’re also working closely with the Government of Nepal, to make sure that people get the help they need to rebuild their lives.

As in all emergencies, we rely on the community itself to lead the relief efforts and tell us what issues are most important to them. It is with that community learning that we enter our long term recovery work. We also put accountability at the forefront of our work. We have posted transparency boards in local languages at our project locations, which show what services we are providing, where we source our materials, how we are spending money, and provide a space to raise any complaints from the community.

We couldn’t do any of this vital work without your generosity. Thank you for standing in solidarity with the people of Nepal when they need it most.

Feb 9, 2016

Continued progress in Nepal

A women
A women's committee signs for food packages

Thanks to your support, we have provided over 118,000 people with food, shelter, medicine and safety.

In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake we reached 73,000 people and, to date, we have supported 118,885 people in Sindhupalchok, Rasuwa, Kavre, Dolakha, Makwanpur and Kathmandu Valley - districts in Nepal’s central region. With the support of our local partners, female community leaders and volunteers, we:

  • provided food such as rice, lentils, cooking oil, salt and sugar - enough to feed a family of five for fifteen days. Pregnant women and babies were given additional nutritious food;
  • distributed emergency shelter materials such as tarpaulins and mattresses to over 92,000 people;
  • provided funds to build 950 temporary shelters for people whose homes have been thoroughly damaged - providing protection from extreme wind and rain for almost 5,000 people. The shelters, made from zinc sheets, wooden beams and salvaged rubble, are overseen by civil engineers and are designed to last at least one year, until permanent homes can be rebuilt;
  • set up 14 women-friendly spaces providing psychosocial support, information on gender-based violence and health, contact information for people to go to when women need help, as well as a private place to breastfeed;
  • provided ‘dignity kits’ to 5,884 women aged 13-60, including underwear, feminine hygiene supplies, a flashlight and clothes;
  • set up two children’s clubs to enable children aged 5-12 to play, overcome trauma and continue their education;
  • provided two hospitals with medicine and equipment to treat hundreds of people - including supporting 160 women to give birth within a week of the earthquake; and
  • provided farmers with 3,300 storage bins to store and protect their crops from monsoon season

Without your support, none of this would be possible. Thank you very much for your generosity and for continuing to stand in solidarity with the people of Nepal.

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Sep 10, 2015

Months after the quake, the recovery continues

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Laxmi_Nepal

Everyone in Nepal remembers where they were that Saturday when the Earth shook, the walls collapsed, and the ceilings crumbled.

You’ll probably remember where you were too, and how you thought about how to support the people who lost everything when the earthquake hit.

With the support of friends like you since that terrible day, we’ve helped restore hope for people living in poverty in Nepal.

Three months on, as our work shifts from relief to long-term recovery and rebuilding, your ongoing support means more than ever. That’s why I urge you to make a gift to ActionAid today, to continue to rebuild the lives of those affected.

During the initial emergency phase we were able to provide food, shelter, medicine and safety to more than 118,000 people, including 35-year-old Laxmi and her family.

 

“What has helped us most has been the corrugated iron sheeting. Until four days ago we were staying under plastic tarps, and it was impossible to keep the rain out,” Laxmi says.

 

"It may not be a lot in terms of cash,” she continues, “but it has made a million dollars worth of difference to us. We had seen the worst of life and we needed a place to feel secure again.” Now, Laxmi says, they’ve regained hope.

 

While the emergency relief phase is over for Laxmi‘s family and others, the task of rebuilding permanent homes and livelihoods has only now begun, and your gift is crucial to sustaining this progress.

Monsoon season has begun, and landslides are occurring in the areas where ActionAid has been responding to the needs of communities living in poverty.

The rain will only increase the needs of those affected, and farming communities whose crops have been ruined face the threat of hunger if they can’t return to their fields soon.

After all they’ve been through, we can’t let the survivors lose hope now. That’s why your continued support is so important today.

Your gift to ActionAid will:

 

  • Help affected people build temporary homes for their families through a ‘cash for work’ initiative that provides a source of money to affected communities, injects cash into the local economy and ensures that debris is cleared and used for new homes.
  • Support and equip farmers so they can return to their fields and meet their basic needs.
  • Make sure affected families have the information they need to secure government compensation, and support their efforts to revise the building code so that new builds can withstand future disasters.

 

No one can forget the horror that unfolded that morning three months ago.

But no one can remember a time when people around the world responded more quickly, more generously, or more effectively.

Please help us continue to bring hope to the people of Nepal.

With Thanks,

The ActionAid Team

P.S. With the emergency phase of our response now over, we turn to long-term recovery – and when we say long-term, we mean it. We’ve promised to support people affected by the earthquake in Nepal until at least April 2018. But to keep that promise, ActionAid USA relies on the continued generosity of people like you. Please make a gift today. Thank you for caring, and for giving.

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