On 25 April 2015 at 11:56am a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal. More than 8,800 people were killed and more than 23,000 were injured. This was the worst natural disaster to hit Nepal in almost 100 years. The devastation is wide-reaching and recovery will be a very long process. Ongoing political issues, corruption, lack of resources and conflicts continue to place further strain on communities who've suffered so much already.
The Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund, (NERF) is focused on working collaboratively with carefully selected local partners at a grassroots level in order to implement innovative community-based solutions to deliver long-term relief to the most isolated and vulnerable Nepalese communities. We aim to empower Nepalis to be homegrown catalysts for change who can ensure a positive and independent future for their own country.
In order to achieve this aim, we look far beyond the standard short-term responses to natural disasters - emergency aid, food and reconstruction - and instead focus on educating and capacity building at a local level for long-term recovery and development. We work in particular with groups who are at risk and vulnerable - remote rural communities, women, children, disabled groups and marginalised ethnic groups. We want to help provide the tools, training and resources to allow these groups to become their own agents of change, to thrive independently and secure a positive future for themselves.
NERF is now raising the funds needed to deliver multiple collaborative recovery programmes designed with Nepalis, for Nepalis. We raise funds through our events, sponsored treks, social media platforms and by approaching individual donors. The ultimate aim of the current UK-based NERF volunteer team is to hand the charity over to locals based in Nepal to run themselves.
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