Nepal earthquake

Students stand in front of Paropakar Lower Secondary School Bhimtar–1 in Sindhupalchok, one of the schools rebuilt by SOS Children's Villages. Photographer: Martin Prihoda

A magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, and surrounding regions on 25 April 2015. Thousands of people where killed and injured. A powerful aftershock on 12 May added to the loss of life and devastation.

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The earthquake caused extensive damage in central Nepal - one of the least developed countries in the world. Even before the disaster, an estimated 8 million people were living below the poverty line. The earthquakes killed 8,600 people, injured more than 100,000 others, and left 600,000 people homeless.

Our response

With our long-standing presence in ten locations in Nepal, SOS Children's Villages was one of the first international organisations to come to the aid of children and families affected by the disaster.

Since the earthquake, SOS Children's Villages has helped thousands of children and families recover through a range of services, including:

Emergency-icons_care-and-counselling.jpg Care and counselling for unaccompanied or separated children
Emergency-icons-CFS-40x40.jpg Child Friendly Spaces where children can play, participate in educational activities, and eat nutritious meals
Family-reunification.JPG Reunification of children and young people with their families
ERP-education40x40.jpg Rebuilding and repairing schools and providing teaching materials and school supplies
Food-water-NF040x40.jpg Food, clothing, hygiene kits and financial support to cover basic needs

Shelter and assistance for vulnerable families with children in rebuilding their homes

Take a look at how we help in Nepal:

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.