Nepal Earthquake – Two Years On
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Following the devastating earthquake of 25th April 2015, CBM, with partner organisations, has been working to ensure that everyone in the affected communities - including persons with disabilities - benefits from and participates in relief and recovery work. We have implemented emergency programmes in partnership with 9 local partners covering 17 districts affected by the earthquake.
Official figures report more than 8800 deaths, 22,000 people injured, 600,000 houses destroyed, and 285,000 houses
Our work in Nepal
- Strengthening health services and increasing access to quality health and rehabilitation services
- Promote disability inclusive livelihood and education
- Increased accessibility and participation of persons with disability
- Enhance capacity and resilience of communities, partner organisations and government agencies on disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction (DiDRR).
Health and rehabilitation:
- 608 assistive devices distributed
- 181 corrective surgeries
- 179 female community health volunteers/workers received training on injury management and disability prevention
- 75 doctors/nurses trained on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS)
- 543 counselling sessions organised for 315 people with psychosocial disability
Livelihood and Education:
Accessibility and inclusion:
Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction:
CBM was also actively engaged in organising the Dhaka Conference on Disability & Disaster Risk Management in December 2015, Bangladesh and helped formulate an 8-point declaration and commitment. Other members (representing 18 countries) included national Governments, UNISDR, regional and international NGOs working on disability and disaster risk management, DPOs and others.
Rebuilding lives through inclusive livelihood
After years of struggle, Tamang’s father bought him a pair of crutches. His mobility improved but he failed his tenth grade and decided to leave school. After a few years, Tamang lost his parents. The earthquake destroyed his house as well, leaving him and his family homeless.
“I grow vegetables on land that I own, and this make me happy,” says Tamang. Since he started the nursery, he has been a source of inspiration for his community. “Thanks to CBM, I now live a dignified life and feel respected. Negative attitudes towards persons with disabilities are slowly changing,” he vouches.