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 disproportionally affected poorer residents, who lived in mud and stone houses that crumbled and are in hard-to-reach areas of the mountainous terrain.
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. Half of Nepal's population are youth, and 90 percent of them are unemployed. Young women must often work at home or marry early, preventing them from finishing school, and keeping families locked in a cycle of poverty.
- Emergency response: Delivered emergency supplies and cash to families affected by the April 2015 earthquake. 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
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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.
Nepal: Delivering supplies to families outside Kathmandu
Mercy Corps staff delivered emergency supplies to families this week in the small village of Chapagaon, just outside Kathmandu. The supplies will help families survive in the immediate days after this disaster.
Nepal: Emergency update from the field
Read the latest from our team on the ground in Nepal as they work to quickly distribute emergency supplies to earthquake survivors.
Nepal: Responding after massive Nepal earthquake
Thousands are injured in the worst quake to strike the region in 80 years. Our team members on the ground are mobilizing an emergency response to help survivors.