Nepal Earthquake

In April 2015, the Gorkha Earthquakes devastated Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 people and injuring almost 22,000. The earthquakes flattened entire villages and left hundreds of thousands of people without homes. Peace Winds America provided immediate and concentrated relief efforts by providing shelter to more than 1,000 families in the Sindhupalchowk District, where the earthquakes damaged or destroyed 90% of homes. By January 30th, 2016, Peace Winds America provided 2,705 families (approximately 13,525 inviduals) with materials to repair and rebuild houses damaged in the earthquake. Today Peace Winds is providing clean water systems to rural communities and asking for your support to fund livelihood training for women and girls at three Peace Winds constructed community centers.

Situation

In Nepal nearly 30 percent of households are female-led, but they have often been overlooked in the recovery process. Outside Kathmandu women face numerous barriers in restarting essential home-based work. In rural Ramechhap people need access to water sources and infrastructure as they rebuild homes and communities. Girls need accessible water points and latrines so they can return to school.

Solution

Peace Winds surveyed women in earthquake-affected Bhaktapur and Kavrepalanchok districts and found their main concern to be returning to work. Peace Winds constructed community centers to provide a safe and supportive place for women to safely produce woven material called dhaka (Bhaktapur Community Center) and to process and market agricultural produce (Nala Community Center).

Long Term Impact

Women and girls in Nepal are hard-working and capable. Through the community centers, Peace Winds is connecting women and girls with the resources they need to restore their lives. As women directly benefit, families also advance by gaining increased financial stability, well-being, and healthier communities.

Nepal Earthquake updates from our Blog

Recovering Nepalese Women’s New Jobs are Sweet (Literally)
Candy-Making Creates New Opportunities for Women's Recovery Sumitra Baniya is a single... Read more >
Supporting Women and Communities in Post-Earthquake Nepal
Generations of women in Ramechhap rely on one another Job Training, Counseling,... Read more >
Community Centers Enable Livelihood Recovery
Second-generation weaver Sumita More than a year has passed since PWA responded... Read more >
Housing, Community Centers Continue Nepal Recovery
Unloading iron roofing material for shelters In the face of the Nepal... Read more >
Nepal Shelters Make Progress, Housing Hundreds
Girls at a shelter construction site The rainy monsoon season is drawing... Read more >
PWA Begins Nepal Shelter Project
Local residents build temporary shelters Peace Winds America is embarking on an... Read more >