Communication for Development Response

UNICEF worked with the Government and partners to develop a comprehensive Communication for Development (C4D) strategy to respond to the earthquake emergency situation. In the absence of a formal humanitarian cluster for C4D, a working group on ‘Communicating with Affected Communities’ was formed and chaired by UNICEF to effectively coordinate the communication response among partners.[…]

WASH Response

Throughout the year, UNICEF’s WASH response in the 14 most severely affected districts focused on the provision of water, sanitation and hygiene materials together with intensive hygiene promotion to prevent illnesses such as diarrhoea among children and vulnerable groups. Following the earthquakes, UNICEF and its partners provided emergency water supply through trucking of water to[…]

Beyond one year

Despite all the challenges the people in Nepal have faced in the past year, their resolve to rebuild their future remains strong. The financial assistance that started to be provided by the National Reconstruction Authority in certain communities in March and April 2016 is expected to accelerate in the coming months. There is hope that[…]

UNICEF response and challenges

UNICEF started its response to the disaster right from Day One on 25 April 2015. It immediately released emergency supplies which had been pre-positioned in four warehouses in the country. The supplies provided a life-saving bridge before additional large quantities of supplies started to arrive in Nepal from outside the country. UNICEF launched an emergency[…]

The year in review

One year ago, four minutes to noon on 25 April 2015, the earth beneath Nepal moved and quivered for more than 45 seconds. It was a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. The next day, there was a powerful aftershock measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale, and two weeks later on 12 May, the earth shook violently again[…]

So long to come, so long to go

Twelve months ago, the earth beneath Nepal’s feet shook violently – so violently that it tore through the lives of millions of people living in the central and eastern parts of the country. The earthquakes in April and May 2015 took the lives of nearly 9,000 people, a third of whom were children. The earthquakes[…]