Nepal earthquake: Helping survivors in tent camps

Earthquake survivors line up to get relief supplies from CARE at Shankha Park, Kathmandu

In Kathmandu Valley, life is beginning to resume. Some of the shops, banks and markets are re-opening. The aftershocks have subsided, with only occasional minor tremors, so people are beginning to return to their homes, if their home is safe to inhabit.

The problem is that so many people have no homes to return to. The Nepal government reports that 130,033 houses were destroyed and 85,856 houses partially damaged. So thousands of families are still living in one of 16 tent camps located around Kathmandu.

CARE staff member talks to people at tent camp

Rita Sunuwar (left): “I work in a shoe factory nearby. I was on my way back home while the earthquake occurred. Since then I have not been able to  go inside my home.”

CARE distributing aid

CARE has been distributing (on 29 and 30 April) emergency supplies in Hal Chouck camp, where we provided 325 households (1,625 people) with food and soap; and Shankha Park, where we distributed 100 family kits containing noodles, rice, water purification solution, soap, and a family size sleeping mat.

CARE truck bringing relief supplies

A CARE truck carrying relief material arrives at Shankha Park, Kathmandu

A couple queuing for relief supplies

A couple inspect the coupon entitling them to a family relief kit as they take their place in the queue

CARE worker provides food aid to woman at tent camp

A woman with packets of noodles provided in the CARE relief distribution

A boy holds a mattress provided by CARE

A young boy holds a foam mattress provided in his family's relief kit

Survivor stories

Khila Thakuri with one of her children

Khila Thakuri: “The camp looks well managed now, but during the first two days we did not have tents. When it started raining in the second day, I slept inside my house. Even though I was scared, I had no choice but to sleep inside so that I can protect my children from rain.”

Purnima Sharestha and her son

Purnima Sharestha: “My son was sleeping when the earthquake occurred. The quake was so strong that it caused the ladder to fall just beside him. That was a narrow escape. I quickly grabbed my son and ran outside. We started crying, looking back at the incident that almost took my son’s life.”

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