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Project information

Nepal Earthquake Disaster Appeal

6 months after Nepal's devastating earthquake, hundreds of remote rural communities are still struggling to access their most basic needs. As the harsh Himalayan winter sets in, Pragya needs your support to work with the poorest and most vulnerable families in rebuilding their lives.

3 years

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  • Need


    Although the international media has turned its focus elsewhere, the effect of April's earthquake on Nepal’s poorest communities has the potential to be equally as devastating as the original event.

    As winter sets in, disadvantaged families in dozens of remote rural villages still lack shelter and clean water. The destruction of land and livestock means that many now have no way to earn a living. Dozens of schools remain closed, and women and girls are more vulnerable than ever to abuse.


    Pragya has played a crucial role in bringing emergency relief to the most isolated, impoverished families in rural Nepal following the earthquake. Building on our close links with these marginalised communities, we are now working to build permanent accommodation, improve access to safe water, re-open primary schools and protect vulnerable women from the threat of gender-based violence, particularly trafficking.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide access to clean water and shelter for the most disadvantaged households


    » Providing water tanks fitted with filter systems so poor households can access safe water for drinking and washing
    » Building toilet blocks for men and women, and training local masons to build more
    » Working with families who have been pushed from their homes to build permanent, safer shelter; providing solar lanterns for houses without electricity

    What success will look like

    400 families in target districts will have access to safe water and sanitation

    Aim 2

    Helping disadvantaged children to return to school


    » Providing books and teaching equipment to 10 primary schools in earthquake-affected villages
    » Training teachers to provide psycho-social support to children affected by the disaster
    » Building toilet blocks in schools which have been damaged by the earthquake, encouraging girls in particular to return to education as a result

    What success will look like

    2,500 primary school-age children will be able to return safely to school, with access to new equipment and separate toilets

    Aim 3

    Supporting disadvantaged families to earn a living and to grow enough food to survive


    » Providing greenhouses, seeds, and animals to families to help them access income quickly
    » Working with communities to rebuild water tanks, irrigation channels, cattle sheds and other shared facilities
    » Training and supporting communities, particularly women and young people, to develop new skills in new sectors like bee-keeping and handicrafts

    What success will look like

    400 families will be able to access short-term income, have new opportunities to make a living, and have improved health and food security as a result

    Aim 4

    Help vulnerable women to recover from the disaster, and protect them against further harm


    » Setting up a network of peer support groups, run by women for women, and focusing on reproductive health, nutrition and gender-based violence
    » Training local women to act as counsellors for women in their community, identifying and preventing the risk of trafficking and other forms of abuse
    » Supporting women to form self-help groups, pooling their resources to earn a living through growing high-value crops, weaving and cattle-rearing

    What success will look like

    2,000 women and girls will be better protected against ill-health and violence, with access to new resources, skills, and economic opportunities

  • Impact


    The communities we support will be better fed, healthier and financially more secure. They will also be better placed to deal with the consequences of any future disasters as a result.

    We will continue to work with these disaster-affected groups in the years to come, measuring our progress towards these important goals by monitoring local health, education and other outcomes, and by listening carefully to the perspectives of every part of the community.


    As the terrible events of April 2015 have shown, Nepal is extremely vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters. As well as earthquakes, communities are at high risk from flooding, landslides and fires.

    As one of the first organisations on the ground following the April earthquake, Pragya has an exceptional understanding of how to work well in disaster situations. Our staff have all been fully trained on disaster response and evacuation procedures, as well as on basic first aid.


    We will provide a full update on our progress one month after funds have been received, followed by regular (at least quarterly) updates by email and post. Reports will include details on how funds have been spent as well as our successes and challenges in delivering this work.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £40,000 Water, sanitation and shelter Water tanks and filters, toilet blocks, constructing permanent shelter
      £20,000 Education Books and school equipment, training for teachers, toilet blocks
      £20,000 Supporting vulnerable women Setting up a peer support network, training local counsellors, livelihoods support
      £20,000 Livelihoods support Providing greenhouses and animals, skills training, rebuilding shared facilities
  • Background


    Pragya's work will focus on the needs of isolated rural communities in 4 of the 5 districts worst affected by the disaster: Dhading, Kavrepalanchok, Nuwakot and Sindhupalchok. (The fifth district, Ghorka, the location of the epicentre of the earthquake, has been the focus of substantial media coverage and work by major international humanitarian actors.)


    Pragya expects to reach out to at least 400 disadvantaged families in the target 4 districts. Most communities in Nepal rely overwhelmingly on agriculture for food and to earn income; our work will focus on the households worst affected by the disaster, including those which face other types of disadvantage (such as Dalits, or 'low-caste' groups).

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Pragya has two decades’ experience of working with isolated communities in the Himalayas and responding to the natural disasters that plague this region. It is internationally renowned for its expertise in meeting the challenges of this incredibly demanding environment.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Gargi Banerji

    Pragya's founder and director of all programs as Executive Member of the Board

    Aparna Maladkar

    Pragya UK Development Manager, responsible for financial management, monitoring and evaluation of the project, and coordinating with donors and field

    Alex Kirkwood

    Pragya UK Deputy Development Manager, supporting financial management, monitoring and evaluation and coordination of the project