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Project HOPE Report

The Nepal Earthquake: One Year Later

When the earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015,

victims were trapped under rubble … dying. Corpses lay in the streets. Aftershocks collapsed even more homes.

Now — one year later — the need in Nepal continues.

Hundreds of thousands of people are still living in temporary shelters. They’re vulnerable and at risk. That’s why our work continues, including this:

Project HOPE is launching a new and exciting two-year plan to save lives in Nepal. You can be a part of it, and you’ll learn more about it in a moment.

But first, let’s see how your support helped right after this disaster struck.

Your Gifts Sent HOPE

Soon after the earthquake struck, Project HOPE’s medical volunteers arrived at Manmohan Memorial Teaching Hospital, which was in urgent need of medicine and medical supplies for all the disaster victims needing care.

Project HOPE responded with shipment after shipment, and box after box of medicine and medical supplies. This treasure has been distributed to all 14 districts stricken by the earthquake.

Dalibor Tasevski, M.D., is Project HOPE’s Regional Gifts-In-Kind Manager and Disaster Response Coordinator who was on the ground in Nepal following the first earthquake. “The health infrastructure is in ruins, people are traumatized and there are grave concerns for the fate of those in remote areas where entire villages are destroyed,” he said.

 

Caring for Hurting People

Nearly 18,000 people were injured.

Many were trapped under rubble with broken limbs, head trauma and other life-threatening injuries. Those without injuries were still at risk. Sleeping outside under tarps without food, water or sanitation, they were vulnerable to outbreaks of diseases like cholera, dysentery, infections and contamination that could kill thousands more.

 

Sohuram, an 8-year-old boy, was inside his home in a remote village when the earthquake hit. The roof and walls came crashing down on him, smashing his foot. For over a week, doctors and nurses cared for him, trying to save his limb.

This elderly man lost his home in the earthquake and went to the Hope Heritage Senior Center in Kathmandu, where several Project HOPE volunteers spent days helping. Crippled by a hip problem, this man had lost contact with his family and said he only wanted to die. But with care and compassion, he began sitting up, walking to the balcony and smiling.

 

Project HOPE volunteer nurse practitioner, Lindsey Martin, worked alongside the other HOPE volunteers at a hospital in Kathmandu. She was also part of a 25-member team who traveled to the remote Dolakha District near the epicenter of the earthquake. In two days, they helped 436 victims of this tragedy. “Our presence was the best medicine,” Lindsey said.

Project HOPE volunteer physician’s assistant, Don Perderson, went to Monkey Temple to help. This is the highest peak in Kathmandu Valley, and home to an ancient shrine that has stood for 3,000 years. “We could never imagine that this shrine would be reduced to a pile of rubble,” Don said. “It was heartbreaking.” Don and his wife, Kathy, set up a small outdoor clinic, treating victims for three days.

 

Project HOPE’s Two-Year Program

A year later, the work continues. Through your generous support, you can be part of this new and exciting two-year program for moms, babies and children still suffering in Nepal after the earthquake. This program will:

  • Train health workers and increase their numbers to help more people in need.
  • Increase the access to hospitals and clinics for people who need care.
  • Create better sanitation to stop the spread of disease.
  • Educate moms on how to keep their children safe from disease with better hygiene.
  • Improve food supplies and fight malnutrition through better crop yields, home gardens and more.

At every step, the program is being tracked and monitored to produce the best results for as many people in need as possible. That’s the deep caring and efficient work that you expect from Project HOPE.

You Can Help Now

Every $1 you give sends $105 of medicine and medical supplies. That’s because your gift covers the cost to ship donated medicine and medical supplies. So your generosity multiplies 105 times in impact to treat people who are sick, cure people of disease and save lives.

Give now to support Project HOPE’s response to disasters around the world.