10-years-old Sasmita Susmitalopchan is sharing his temporary shelter with seven other families. Credit: ACT Alliance/FCA, Antti Helin

Ten-year-old Sasmita Susmitalopchan is living with his family in this temporary shelter in Nepal. Credit: ACT Alliance/FCA, Antti Helin

On April 25, 2015, a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake—the worst the country had experienced in 81 years—struck Nepal.

The fateful tremors wiped out entire communities and devastated families. Thousands lost their homes and livelihoods. The death toll climbed to almost 9,000, with many thousands more injured.

Sixty-five year old Dharma Lal Shrestha remembers watching his neighbours run from their homes as the ground beneath him began to tremble.

Dharma’s own home had crumbled to dust. For a time, he had nothing to eat. Yet, in the face of unimaginable loss and destruction, he and his neighbour Krishna were simply thankful to be alive.

Through donations to PWS&D, they have received food packages, tarpaulins for shelter, mattresses, hygiene kits, water purifiers, tools to build toilets and emotional support from local partners.

This assistance is enabling Dharma and Krishna to rebuild their lives and hope for a brighter tomorrow.

“I lost everything but got a new life,” shares Krishna. “Despite being buried under a house wall, I am still alive.”

“They were a great help to us”

Dharma, after receiving aid through PWS&D

LWF Nepal project coordinator Nibha Shresta hands out blankets to earthquake survivors in Ghusel Credit: ACT Alliance/LWF, Cornelia Kästner

LWF Nepal project coordinator Nibha Shresta hands out blankets to earthquake survivors in Ghusel
Credit: ACT Alliance/LWF, Cornelia Kästner

Your generous support is bringing comfort and alleviating the suffering of the many thousands touched by this disaster. Your donations have been put to work immediately and are contributing to:

  • Distributing emergency food rations to almost 8,000 families
  • 7,200 families receiving shelter kits
  • Over 9,000 families receiving blankets, cooking kits and solar lights
  • Improved water and sanitation through the distribution of over 6,000 hygiene kits
  • Ensuring that those affected by the earthquake—particularly children—received psychosocial support through sports, music, play and crafts

As long-term rehabilitation efforts progress, PWS&D’s support will ensure that people affected by the devastation have access to food, shelter, water, and psychological and emotional support.

PWS&D continues to respond through the ACT Alliance, which has helped assist over 220,000 people since the Nepal earthquakes struck.

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