In 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake and hundreds of powerful aftershocks rocked Nepal. More than 510,000 homes were destroyed and almost 9,000 lives lost. In the immediate aftermath, the American Himalayan Foundation delivered emergency supplies and temporary shelter. Now, our priority is rebuilding, and rebuilding well.
The deadly earthquake and subsequent aftershocks, landslides, and floods destroyed lives, toppled bridges, crumbled homes, and razed vital infrastructure. Constructing bridges, repairing homes, and rebuilding lives and livelihoods are key to long-term recovery.
We're helping our partners with what is needed most. With a women's agricultural co-op, we're rebuilding a distribution center that stores their produce for transportation and sale. In a remote village, we're rebuilding a bridge that is the community's lifeline: it allows students to attend school and residents to reach basic services. And for Tibetan refugees who will receive no government assistance, we are helping repair their homes.
These recovery projects allow our long-time partners to return to their homes and get back to business. With a functional distribution center, the 700 members of the co-op and their families will be able to sell their crops and plan for next year's harvest. A new, stronger bridge will connect isolated villagers to school and employment. And home repairs will ensure 85 Tibetan refugees once again have a safe and solid roof over their heads.