Standing outside his ruined home the Gorkha district of Nepal, 95 year-old Gorkha Darbar Pujari couldn’t help thinking about the earthquake that had devastated his boyhood home more than 80 years earlier. After the 1934 temblor, he and his family had meticulously rebuilt their home in a new location — only to find themselves standing before the rubble again.
On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook much of Nepal’s Gorkha district to the ground. More than 90 percent of the homes were destroyed. Pujari pulled two family members, including his great-granddaughter, out from beneath his collapsed house. The earthquake killed 8,000 people and destroyed the livelihoods of millions in the Kathmandu Valley.
Relief International, funded by the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), delivered shelter assistance to 2,600 vulnerable households in three of the hardest hit districts. Aid included distribution of toolkits and sheets of Corrugated Galvanized Iron (CGI), which allowed residents to create basic shelters using what could be salvaged from their homes.
Relief International partnered with two local organizations, Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources (ANSAB) and Child Health & Environment Save Society (CHESS) Nepal.