A powerful earthquake measuring 7.8 in magnitude struck Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, on 25 April 2015, destroying much of the city and many surrounding villages. Thousands of people where killed and injured. On 12 May 2015, a second 7.3 magnitude earthquake claimed more lives and caused additional damage.
The two earthquakes caused extensive damage in Nepal - one of the least developed countries in the world. Even before the disaster, about eight million people were living below the poverty line. The earthquakes took more than 8,600 lives, injured more than 100,000 people, and destroyed the homes of an estimated 600,000 people. According to UN OCHA, eight million people in 39 districts were affected by the disaster.
With our long-standing presence in 10 locations in Nepal, SOS Children's Villages was one of the first international aid organisations to come to the aid of children and families affected by the earthquakes.
Since then, SOS Children's Villages has helped more than 17,000 children and families recover through a range of services, including:
SOS Children’s Villages International receives funding through many multilateral and governmental entities. These donors provide essential funding to support the programmes in the countries where we work. Emergency response and relief efforts carried out by SOS Children’s Villages International in Nepal are supported in part by AGIRE, the Province of Trento and the Province of the Tyrol.