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Children in Nepal in an emergengy school. (Source: Bastian Strauch)

Our Humanitarian Assistance in Nepal

In the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes in Nepal in April and May 2015,  Kindernothilfe had decided to start a programme in the mountain state by giving humanitarian assistance to the very poor population hit worst by the disaster while focusing on support to vulnerable children, women and families. The earthquakes destroyed and damaged more than 800,000 houses and up to 80 % of public schools in the most affected districts, leaving most children out of school.  In Nepal, more than one million children were severely affected by the earthquakes. Our implementing partners are Action Contre la Faim (ACF) International and Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT). Relief activities implied psycho-social care for traumatized children as well as lactating and pregnant women. Furthermore, the construction and operation of temporary learning centres for children including the provision of warm local mid-day meals and school materials has been successfully completed. Kindernothilfe could establish child-friendly spaces in the initial phase and also teachers training that enabled them to work with traumatized school children and restart public school programmes. Target areas have been the districts of Sindhupalchok, Nuwakot and Rasuwa as well as Kathmandu Valley, where support by other actors was insufficient.

Currently, our projects continue with recovery and rehabilitation activities. With our partner AMURT, damaged school buildings are planned to be repaired by making them long-lasting and earthquake-proof. AMURT designs community based women empowerment programmes and conducts trainings on child protection issues which aim to improve living conditions and income situations in rural Nepal to prevent from human trafficking in the very early stage which is a major problem in the country. Together with the implementing organization ACF we focus on mental health and psycho-social support for homeless families and children. Altogether, more than 12,000 children, 1,000 women, 600 school teachers and 400 families will benefit from our activities in Nepal.

The interventions are closely coordinated with the governmental authorities, the UN, other international and national non-governmental organizations as well as local community-based organizations. Incorporation of multiple stakeholders and participation of local actors is particularly important to Kindernothilfe in order to deliver appropriate and sustainable response.

How we provide disaster relief

How we provide disaster relief

When disaster strikes, the victims need immediate assistance. But providing emergency relief is only the first step in our humanitarian aid. We also pave the way for people to overcome their plight over the long term and prevent new crises.

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How our child-friendly spaces work

How our child-friendly spaces work

Child-friendly spaces constitute the key tool for our humanitarian assistance: Oases amid the chaos where children receive protection, food, lessons and medical as well as psychological care.

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