The April 2015 Nepal earthquake (also known as the Gorkha earthquake) killed more than 9,000 people and injured more than 23,000—and destroyed more than 750,000 homes. It was a magnitude 7.8 on the Richter Scale and was the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal since the Bihar earthquake in 1934.
The 2015 Gorkha earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing at least 19, and in the Langtang valley, where 250 people were reported missing.
In dozens of other districts, hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless when entire villages were flattened. Centuries-old buildings were destroyed at UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley, including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Changu Narayan Temple, and the Swayambhunath Stupa. Geophysicists and other experts had warned for decades that Nepal was vulnerable to a deadly earthquake, particularly because of its geology, urbanization, and architecture, but nothing had been done to prepare.
MicroAid Builds a New Home for the Balram Family — 2016
MicroAid Rebuilds the Syama Family Home –– 2017
MicroAid Rebuilds the Gyamaru Family Home –– 2017
MicroAid Rebuilds Another Family Home –– 2018
Damaged and dangerous home since the earthquake. The family had nowhere else to live.
Even years after the 2015 Gorkha earthquake, the situation in Nepal remains dire. Due to a terrible convergence of government inaction, a fuel and materials blockade along the Indian border, and the magnitude of the damage, very little has been done to help the survivors who lost their homes. While other aid organizations are focussed on the mountain villages—and have their hands tied by the government bureaucracy—MicroAid is helping families in the urban Kathmandu Valley rebuild and repair their homes so they can return to self-sufficiency.
When the earthquake damaged their house in 2015, this family was already struggling. The father who had been getting intermittent welding work, has tuberculosis, and is failing fast. Any money the family makes goes to his medical treatment. His son is learning the trade, but it takes a while, and his wife and daughter, who goes to school, help out by doing piecework knitting. They have no other land and no other family to help out. In fact, as soon as the house is safe again, after MicroAid repairs it, the grandparents will move back in