The April 25 Earthquake caused severe devastation in Nepal. The quake killed over 9,000 people and injured more than 23,000. 7 million people have been affected. Thousands have been left homeless and are still waiting for reconstruction, especially in rural communities. Due to destruction of roads and the remote location of villages, vulnerable communities had no access to food, aid, materials, water etc.
CAN moved quickly in response to the earthquake. In the moments following the quake, members of CAN were notified of the poor situation of rural villages through an established network of contacts. CAN therefore reached places that international aid could not. For example, CAN helped Dolakhar, Kalinchowk village about 8 hours drive from Kathmandu. A Thami indigenous village, the access was limited due to poor roads and remote location. CAN was the first group to the site, providing basic goods, shelters, lights, water filters etc.
Now, the focus is more long term repatriation and prevention. Through connection and collaboration with sustainable building services, CAN is working to rebuild homes, schools, toilets, farm houses etc. as well as provide education of earthquake sustainability and prevention.