A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, April 25th. World Education’s Nepal Country Director Helen Sherpa has begun providing updates from Nepal in the earthquake’s aftermath. Excerpts from her updates are included below.
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April 30, 2015:
The first few days of chaos have gradually evolved. First the effort was to dig out the injured and sort out lives in Kathmandu, rescue the most obvious ones in danger from Everest and other areas and the villages across the mountains and higher hills were left to fend for themselves. Now the focus is moving to assess the damage and help those in need in the villages. The scale of this tragedy is enormous.
World Education re-opened yesterday, and I went back to work. Started the day with an interview for
NZ TV News. Then it was to our office to get our response as part of the Education Cluster kicked off. We are to assist in Dhading district with the rehabilitation of the school system. This district is to the west of Kathmandu closer to the epicentre with an estimated 70% of the schools destroyed. I attended the Education Cluster meeting at the UN along with Jyoti, who leads our Education in Emergencies work.
Today we will start planning with UNICEF as to how we respond to the need for safe learning spaces in the temporary camps in the Kathmandu Valley. We also received a desperate plea from the community in Ghusel Village where we have been running Reading Brings Rewards our early grade reading programme. They have more than 200 children plus all the adults sheltering under a tree. The school and all the houses are destroyed and they have no food or shelter. We cannot get tarpaulins for love nor money but will buy rice and try and find a way to get to them. The weather looks a little better today so hopefully many more villages can get help today.