Project information

Ongoing cost of the 2015 Earthquake

To assist vulnerable women in Kathmandu to cope with the physical and psychological effects of the 2015 earthquake. Costs of housing & basic supplies increased when the quake struck and have remained high. The trauma they faced is still fresh in their minds and we'll organise mutual support groups.

Ongoing, but with concentrated efforts in Spring 2017

Charity information: Women Without Roofs - Nepal

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  • Need


    WWR already helps needy women who have no one else to support them. These lived in poor conditions before the earthquake struck, but now their conditions are dire, roofs have not been fixed by their landlords and leak, buildings are cracked and unsafe. Despite this, because many buildings collapsed, landlords can charge higher rents for the rooms that remain standing and WWR is struggling to keep pace with these extra costs.


    Funds raised will enable us to keep paying the room rents for women we support, giving them the security they need. In the past if rents are not paid women have been raped by landlords for 'payment in kind' or have had their meager possessions confiscated, such as cooking stoves, leaving them unable to feed their children with hot food.
    We are seeking to organise mutual support groups so that the women can meet together, share a meal, and help each other through the trauma they have experienced

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To meet the increase in rental payments bought on by the earthquake.


    » Fundraising in the UK

    What success will look like

    Achieve ongoing stability of our funding for rental payments - currently our balance is reducing each month as payments are exceeding income.

    Aim 2

    To organise mutual support groups


    » Women have already been grouped by geographic locality and staff will organise regular meetings in these groups are serve food

    What success will look like

    Staff will keep a record of groups, who attends and problems raised. A small budget for food at each meeting will be made available and receipts and photos of food will be kept

  • Impact


    Many of our women are suffering from high stress and some even have signs of post-traumatic stress disorder due to the earthquake.
    Through securing funding for their homes, we aim to reduce the stress they are experiencing and wherever possible move them to better rooms without cracks and leaks. We will conduct an annual review of homes to ensure conditions are improving.
    A diary of mutual support meetings, kept by our staff, will enable us to monitor the discussions that take place.


    There have been over 500 aftershocks and rooms continue to become further damaged. We will keep a close eye on the conditions in each room and if necessary move our women to a better room or to our women's home if required.
    Aftershocks also unnerve the women and given that mental health provision is almost non-existent, our plan is that the mutual support groups will continue to be a source of help and confidence to the women.


    We produce a quarterly newsletter with news of the women and the situation more generally in Nepal.
    Our trustees make regular visits to Nepal and report back to donors, particularly if the donor sponsors a particular woman, on how the woman is faring at that point of time.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,725

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Mutual Support Groups Monthly meetings in 5 geographic locations for one year
      £7,725 Increased rents To cover rental increases since the earthquake we require an additional £515 per month
  • Background


    All of the women live in Kathmandu, Nepal which is very much a developing world city. Infrastructure is poor and was made much worse by the earthquake.


    Women qualify for our support if they are on their own. Perhaps their husband is dead, in prison, or has simply disappeared.
    Most of the women have children to support as well and we help them to provide for them.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have ten local staff and know the area and the situation of the women well. Some of our staff were previously beneficiaries of our support and they have much wisdom to share about the difficulties single mothers face.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    Senior Manager, with responsibility for housing

    Manju Ghimire


    Lisa Regmi

    Manager - with responsibility for organising mutual support groups