Impact of snow and cold winter

Earthquake-affected families living in temporary shelters in Gupsipakha camp for displaced persons in Laprak, Gorkha district, which was the epicentre of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25 April 2015 were further impacted by heavy snowfall and extreme cold this winter. Much needed relief was provided with vulnerable population there received UNICEF emergency top-up cash grant[…]

UNICEF Shelter Home for pregnant and lactating women and their newborns

Following the earthquakes, UNICEF established 22 shelter home for pregnant and lactating women and their newborns in 11 earthquake affected districts Nepal. The shelter homes provide the women, their children and their caregivers with four meals a day, sanitation facilities, counselling services and medical attention from qualified health workers around the clock. This winter the[…]

Health centre run under UNICEF medical tent

Masmaya Gurung, 35, arrives with her three-year-old son Abhinash Gurung, who broke his leg eight days ago while playing football with his brother, at Aarughat Primary Health Care Centre in Gorkha district, the epicentre of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April 2015. The health centre, which was damaged during the earthquake,[…]

From Balakot to Barpak: I cried once again

A staff’s journey from one epicentre to another By Muhammad Idrees Khan Ten years after witnessing the horror created by a devastating earthquake in my country Pakistan, I was in Nepal’s Gorkha, a district at the centre of the 25 April 2015 earthquake.  I had spent a year in Balakot, the epicentre of the 2005[…]

Growing up at the Epicenter

In Nepal’s quake-affected village, a young mother struggles to raise her daughter born on the day of earthquake. By Avinashi Paudel Gorkha, Nepal– “I love my daughter the most in the whole world,” said Amita Gurung, holding her baby daughter Arpita tightly in her arms. “But when I think of the day she was born,[…]

Bearing the Brunt in Barpak

One year on, adolescents struggle to harness normalcy in life at the epicentre of Nepal earthquake By Avinashi Paudel Unsettled and Unsafe Gorkha, Nepal – Fifteen-year-old Sabina Sunar’s life in Barpak village was a quiet and calm one, typical of a mountainous village in Nepal.  That was until the village became the epicentre of the[…]

UNICEF-supported emergency shelter home kindles hope for mothers in earthquake-affected districts in Nepal

By Abhilasha Gurung The casual encounter Sometimes we bump into people we hardly think we would meet again in life. It happened to me this winter when I visited a UNICEF-supported shelter home for pregnant and lactating mothers in Kharanitar, Nuwakot. Whenever I visit the shelter homes, I usually chat with patients to know how[…]