On April 25, 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. The country was still reeling from the disaster when a second earthquake struck on May 12. The earthquakes destroyed or damaged over 36,000 classrooms leaving 1 million children unable to return to school. We've already given 2,177 kids the "Gift of Education" by rebuilding classrooms, providing school furniture and learning materials, and by making schools safe and fun places to learn. But we need your help to do even more.
Today, hundreds of thousands of children in Nepal remain unable to return to school, or are learning in tents or damaged classrooms. Even where classrooms have been rebuilt many schools lack furniture or learning materials. So, kids are sitting on the floor and have nothing to write with. If children can't return to school, or learn in poor conditions, they'll receive little or no education and be unable to find stable jobs when they're older. Don't let the earthquake take their futures too.
We've already helped thousands of kids return to school by providing temporary classrooms, school furniture and school supplies. And we're now also working on permanent reconstruction. We've already repaired four permanent classrooms for affected kids, and are now working on another five. We're also providing school furniture and other facilities, like school toilets. With your support we'll give even more kids the "Gift of Education" and give them back the opportunities they deserve.
If children don't receive an education they won't learn the skills they need to grow into successful young adults who can find jobs and contribute to their communities. Getting kids back to school is a key factor in both recovery from the earthquakes, and also in building stronger communities in the long-term. An educated community is a resilient community because survivors have the knowledge they need to help themselves.