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  • Photo: Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps

The context

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.

Get the facts about the quake and learn more about our response ▸

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.

Our work

  • 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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