This time last year Nepal was struck by a series of devastating quakes and tremors that took a catastrophic toll on lives, livelihoods and infrastructure, sending the country into fear and heartache and it's developing economy into chaos, for many months to come. During the past year we opened an emergency shelter for children and youth affected by the earthquake and launched a scheme to provide surviving families with long-term assistance to rebuild their livelihoods.
On the 25th April 2015 Nepal was struck by a series of devastating earthquakes. The international community and disaster relief charities have been doing an incredible job however there are many villages and communities in the hills and mountains of Nepal that are still suffering and hardly any homes have been rebuilt. Many people still live in tents or temporary structures and are struggling to rebuild their lives and look after their children.
We have been asked by the government and other NGOs to provide an emergency shelter for orphaned and homeless children in the Dhading district. We were given free land by the government and have built bamboo houses for the children. The children are provided with a lovely home, food, education, care and most importantly with counselling after the terrible event they have experienced. They will be linked back with the families where possible or housed in permanent, good children's homes.
We realise that a tailored approach to helping families rebuild themselves is the most effective way for families to regain their independence and self-sustainability. We want to micro-finance individual families, so that they can reopen their businesses, rebuild their shops, re-train, develop new skills, buy livestock and materials, gain new customers, and send children to school. Depending on the need, we are planning to help approximately 100 children and their families every year.