Nepal Earthquake Response Update
Trócaires Programme Update
In April 2015 two major earthquakes caused immense damage in Nepal. According to the government of Nepal, close to 9,000 fatalities resulted from the 25 April and 12 May 2015 earthquakes that destroyed 602,592 and damaged 284,482 houses
To date Trócaire has raised €1,282,498 for the Nepal Earthquake Response
In 2015 Trócaire reached over 50,000 people in 14 Districts. The initial relief activities were centred around the 14 most affected districts: Gorkha, Sindhupalchok, Dhading, Rasuwa, Nuwakot, Dolakha, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Ramecchap, Kavrepalanchowk, Okhaldhunga, Sindhuli and Makwanpur.
The support provided involved the provision of temporary shelter (Tarpaulins, Blankets, Mats, Rope) and non-food items (Cooking kits) as well as Water and Sanitation support (Jerry-cans, Buckets, Water filter) to families affected by the earthquake. In this relief phase, assistance was given according to a blanket approach. Households either received a full temporary shelter package or received the items complementing the support provided by other organisations.
In late 2015 the focus shifted to winterisation planning to help families living in temporary shelter through the winter months. The Winterisation kits reached 493 households with the provision of gas stoves, blankets, solar lamps, beds.
From September 2015 the recovery and reconstruction phase has well underway and this involved the provision of the following assistance:
- Water and Sanitation support to 500 Internally Displaced People (IDP) households. This involved the construction of 39 toilets and 13 washing facilities with 245 households benefiting from improved water supply and 493 households trained on waste and drainage.
- Livelihoods support to 1,500 men and women. This involved training in masonry and carpentry to support shelter reconstruction as well as sewing and mushrooms farming.
- 1,500 HHs with most vulnerable individuals (elderly, disabled, very poor, Head of Households killed or injured) received multi-purpose grants to meet their basic needs (food, health, education etc.)
- 150 market vendors received support to re-establish businesses (CRS)
- 9650 people received messages on psychosocial and protection issues through street theatre activities.
- Protection Mainstreaming which has focused on participatory community approaches and mobilisation, protection messaging to reduce the risk of harm for programme participants (e.g. information on assistance provided, psycho-social referrals etc.)
Currently Trócaire is working with a range of local partners, focusing on supporting the following sectors: shelter reconstruction, WASH, food security and livelihoods, school reconstruction, protection mainstreaming, disaster risk reduction, resilience, as well as partner capacity building up to April 2017.