Nepal 360: Is There Anything I Can Do to Help?

Reporter   BHRIKUTI RAI   @bbhrikuti
Videographer   BIKRAM RAI   @rumdaleerai

More than 800,000 buildings – including 8,000 schools – were destroyed by the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal. While government-led reconstruction efforts have been frustratingly slow, many local and international organisations are working to help the hundreds of thousands of families still rebuilding their homes and lives.

Why has the reconstruction been so slow?
What is Nepal’s education system like?

Teach for Nepal trains outstanding university graduates and young professionals to teach for two years in the country’s public schools. The organisation is aiming to build “a sustained social movement of individuals who are committed to ensuring that all children in Nepal receive quality education.” You can sponsor a fellow or donate to one of the schools where they work.

The Help Nepal Network was set up in 1999 by members of the Nepali diaspora to contribute to economic and educational development in Nepal. In the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake, they organised a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London and raised more than $1 million from their networks worldwide to help build shelters, temporary learning centres, latrines, and health camps in the affected areas. You can support their current work to rebuild two secondary schools in Dolakha District and a primary school in Kavre District.

Tuki Nepal is a Swedish organisation that’s been working with Nepali groups to promote sustainable development since 2005, including projects focused on girls education, electricity, and toilets for all. Since the earthquake, they’ve been training villagers to rebuild using compressed earth bricks reinforced with iron bars. They say the techniques are sustainable, safe, and cheap, and the training enables villagers to rebuild their own homes. You can donate to support their efforts.

* The organisation summaries and links here were compiled by OneWorld’s editors. To suggest other organisations, get in touch at editors@oneworld.org.

In the 360-degree video below, OneWorld and Blank Spot Project take you to the mountains of Sindhupalchuk and the bustling streets of Kathmandu to explore what it’s like for the tens of thousands of school children trying to continue their education in temporary classrooms and to rebuild their lives from temporary shelters.