On April 25, 2015, a 7.8M earthquake struck Nepal, killing over 8,000 people and injuring over 20,000 more. The earthquake was just the first of many smaller quakes which continue to shake the country, one of the poorest in the world. Within 24 hours of the devastating quake, HRDC dispatched its first relief teams. In the year since then, the organization’s Emergency Surveillance and Response (ESAR) Initiative has conducted 98 outreach camps, provided services to 45,000 people, including surgeries to children injured in the quake.
One year on, we are remembering the victims of the fatal earthquake and celebrating the dedication of teams like Honoree Dr. Ashok Banskota‘s HRDC in serving the affected children. The following photos provide a small idea of what the children of Nepal have faced over the last year – and how HRDC has helped them to survive and begin rebuilding their lives.