Nepal earthquake

Situation Overview

It's been more than a year since a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015 and left more than 8,700 people dead and another 17,000 injured. 500,000 homes and 32,000 classrooms were destroyed.


By the end of 2015, 2.8 million people were still in need of humanitarian aid.


Families today are struggling to rebuild. Fuel shortages, political issues and poor roads make it very challenging for families to get the supplies they need from aid agencies, particularly families who live in remote areas. Many families are still living in tents, and a large number of children are not going to school.


Another challenge is the widespread poverty in the country. Even before the earthquake, Nepal was one of the poorest countries in Asia. More than 1 in 4 families were living in poverty, according to the World Bank.

How SOS Is Helping Children and Families

SOS has been supporting vulnerable children in Nepal since 1972. When the earthquake hit, our staff acted quickly to provide emergency aid such as food, water and medical care. We also set up 25 childcare spaces that served more than 2,000 children and provided parents with free daycare. In addition, we welcomed 37 orphaned children into SOS Families.

As of Jan. 15, we have helped 17,469 people, including thousands of children.

Our focus now is on helping families recover. Our current programs include:
  • Childcare spaces: We run seven childcare spaces where children spend the day enjoying recreational activities, informal education, food and other services. Parents also enjoy free daycare.
  • Family support: We run a kinship care program that supports relatives of children orphaned by the earthquake—such as grandparents—who are now raising the children. We are also helping 225 new families find income-generating activities, such as sewing and poultry farming. In addition, we are providing hundreds of families with material assistance such as blankets, mattresses and financial support.
  • Rebuilding schools: We have helped rebuild 3 public schools so far, with another 7 schools on the way. We have also provided school supplies to more than 3,000 students.
  • Orphaned children: We have welcomed 37 children orphaned by the earthquake into SOS Families at a few of our 10 SOS Villages in Nepal. In these cases, the children had no relatives able to care for them. They joined the 1,163 children currently growing up in an SOS Village in Nepal.

How You Can Help

  • Sponsor a Child in Nepal: Children in Nepal need your support now more than ever. By sponsoring a child in Nepal, you are providing an orphaned or abandoned boy or girl with building blocks for a bright future: a loving home, quality education and access to comprehensive medical care.

  • Invest in Children: Become an SOS Monthly Supporter and provide safe and loving homes to children in need. In Nepal and beyond, your monthly support helps vulnerable children go to school, get access to medical care and grow up in stable, loving homes.

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