The two powerful earthquakes that struck Nepal in April and May 2015 killed nearly 9,000 people. Almost 18,000 were injured and over 900,000 homes were destroyed or damaged.
For three years, the Red Cross had been helping communities prepare for emergencies.
So as soon as the earthquakes hit, more than 8,000 Red Cross volunteers got to work. Priorities included first aid, search and rescue services, and distributing vital supplies.
Later, Red Cross grants helped vulnerable families cover the cost of essential items they had lost. These included winter clothes, blankets and seeds for farmers.
Now the Red Cross is focussing on recovery work. We will:
- train people to 'build back better' – repairing or rebuilding their houses to withstand future earthquakes
- help to restore and rebuild water systems, including those that were damaged or dried up because of changes deep underground
- support people to develop their own small businesses with money and training
- rebuild damaged or destroyed health clinics and blood banks.