After devastating earthquakes in spring 2015 Nepal needs support - not only emergency relief but to reconstruction that will last for several years. The challenges of reconstruction and the strong need for support are apparent in Nepal.
7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015 followed by 7.3 magnitude aftershock in May 2015. In the earthquakes nearly 9000 people lost their lives, more than 600 000 houses were destroyed and another 290 000 houses were damaged.
It is estimated that the earthquakes left destruction of 7 billion dollars and up to 700 000 people are estimated to go under the poverty line due to the catastrophe.
In the phase of emergency relief two million euros were channeled through Finnish NGOs: Finn Church Aid, Finnish Red Cross and Save the Children. One million euros were given through UN organizations: World Health Organization (WHO) and Unicef.
To support reconstruction in Nepal, Finlandcommitted to give two million euros. One million euro was channeled through Unicef to reconstruct school and community drinking water systems. This support was implemented in 2016 in four districts (Dolakha, Gorkha, Kavre and Nuwakot). The cooperation with Unicef is expected to continue in 2017.
In addition to the direct support to reconstruction, Finland also has development cooperation in the districts that were affected in the earthquake.For example by supporting the education sector Finland is promoting children's school attendance in very demanding conditions by building new and safer classrooms.