11th February 2016

Can you recall where you were on Saturday 25 April, 2015?

If you worked for an international development and relief agency ‒ such as ADRA-UK NEPAL ADRA LADYthe date would be of significance. Or, if you were living in Nepal, that catastrophic day would be engraved on your mind.

On this date, the Gorkha earthquake hit the country of Nepal with a force large enough to trigger an avalanche on Mount Everest, making it the deadliest day on the mountain in its history. The impact of the disaster was astounding and ADRA-UK was proud to work within the ADRA network to provide immediate supplies to affected communities.

ADRA was instrumental in providing support to the Kavrepalanchok district and was documented as the second agency to provide immediate support to the community.

In the days following the earthquake ADRA distributed: 900 tarpaulins; 150 emergency tarpaulins; 10 medical tents; and set up 10 health posts.

Ten months later, Milimo Ninvalle ADRA-UK's Programmes Officer NEPAL ADRA VILLAGEtravelled back to the district and met with over 100 women from the Dhulikhel Municipality to assess ADRA's relevance, timeliness and the durability of the shelter items distributed.

The team was overwhelmed with the gratitude and positivity from the community. The villagers were very appreciative and shared their gratitude with Milimo.

"The women were so grateful for the immediate help that their families had received from ADRA following the earthquake. We asked them how else could ADRA have helped them in their recovery? They told us nothing else because they wanted to focus on the positives ADRA had done in their community; as it made such a difference."

Over 60% of homes in the Kavrepalanchok district had been destroyed due to the earthquake and so each tarpaulin provided a makeshift home for at least 5 or 6 households, which are still being utilised now, whilst they rebuild their homes. ADRA has also set up a water and sanitation (WASH) project as requested by the district officials.

When probed further to tell us how else ADRA can support them in their rehabilitation, the women told us "we just want to improve our skills so that we increase our income for our families in order to rebuild our lives."

Now, more than ever their desire is to receive training to develop their skills and aid their NEPAL ADRA SHELTERfamilies to recover and rebuild from the disaster. Working in partnership with ADRA Nepal, ADRA-UK works to support incredibly resilient communities in Nepal.

But we recognise, we simply could NOT do the work that we do without your support. From everyone here at ADRA-UK we would like to say thank you! With your help, we continue to make a difference and give a helping hand to those who have lost hope.

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Thank you for helping us to help!

[Fabrice Baker-Livingstone]

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