A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal in April 2015, just northwest of the capital of Kathmandu. It was the worst quake to strike the region in more than 80 years, killing thousands of people and injuring thousands more.
Millions of people were affected by the earthquake and the damage was devastating, toppling historic temples in Kathmandu and destroying entire rural villages. The suffering was compounded by a second major quake of 7.3 that struck less than a month later.
Hundreds of thousands of terrified people lost their homes and loved ones. And the disaster disproportionately affected poorer residents, who lived in mud and stone houses that crumbled and are in hard-to-reach areas of the mountainous terrain.
While still recovering from the earthquakes in 2015, Nepal faced another natural disaster in 2017. In August, widespread flooding from the heaviest monsoon season in over a decade ravaged the southern part of the country, affecting nearly 2 million people and displacing tens of thousands.
Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in the world, and frequent natural disasters like earthquakes and floods are especially devastating to families with few resources to protect themselves and recover.
- One in four people live in poverty.
- One in three adults have a bank account — half the global average.
- Money sent home from relatives in other countries accounts for 30 percent of Nepal's GDP.
More than 40 percent of Nepal's population are between the ages of 18 and 35, and nearly half of them are unemployed. Many young people are likely to leave the country, discouraged by insufficient education and employment opportunities and lacking the confidence to play productive leadership roles in their communities. Approximately 1,500 people between 18 and 35 migrate every day in search of better opportunities.
- Emergency response: Delivered emergency supplies and cash to families affected by the April 2015 earthquake. Distributed essentials such as blankets, basic hygiene kits and water purification tablets to families affected by the August 2017 flooding. Helping families rebuild stronger, safer homes.
- Agriculture & Food: Improving incomes of smallholder farmers with the production of high-value crops like ginger, cardamom and potato.
- Economic opportunity: Increasing access to loans and savings for marginalized people in remote areas. Providing financial knowledge so people can invest in their homes and futures.
- Women & Gender: Teaching financial literacy so women can develop and expand their small businesses.
- Disaster preparedness: Training communities to identify risks, build protections against floods, and educate residents on emergency response and coordination.
- Education: Helping girls stay in school and connecting them with skills and opportunities to find jobs and start businesses
Nepal: Meet the resilient Nepalis you've helped us reach
Our team delivering emergency relief across Nepal sees the strength and resilience of people first-hand. Meet some of those we’ve reached because of your support.
Nepal: Impact report: 30 days after Nepal earthquake
Your compassionate support helped us reach more than 43,000 people with emergency relief supplies in the 30 days since Nepal's devastating earthquake. Learn more about how we've helped people survive and begin to recover.
Nepal: Where do families go when their village is in ruins?
In a small village outside of Kirtipur, 17 families now live together in a chicken coop after most of the village’s homes were destroyed. Learn how we're helping them cope.
Nepal: In the field as second powerful earthquake strikes Nepal
Just 17 days after a deadly earthquake rocked Nepal, the country is dealt another blow — a second, 7.3 quake. Read a first-hand account of the disaster from one of our team members on the ground.
Nepal: A family comes together to start recovery in Nepal
After a week filled with tragedy, Sujata Tamang and her family must think about how they will begin to recover. Read their story.
Nepal: Reaching Nepal's invisible villages
In the aftermath of the disaster, villages just outside Kathmandu were overlooked. Our team was the first to reach them this week with much-needed emergency supply kits.
Nepal: From the field: A neighbor saving lives
One of our staff in the field tells us what it’s like on the ground in Kathmandu, and how one man saved his neighbors’ lives during the disaster.
Nepal: Survivor stories: After the earthquake
Meet just a few of the brave earthquake survivors we’re helping, and hear their harrowing stories of the disaster.
Nepal: Meet Mercy Corps' Nepal earthquake response team
Meet the experts on the Mercy Corps team who are helping people in Nepal survive and recover after the massive earthquake.
Nepal: Follow the Mercy Corps earthquake response in Nepal
Our team on the ground in Nepal doesn't know what the next day will bring. They are working through difficult conditions to help thousands of families survive and recover. Read the latest updates.