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Generous Kiwis raised over $3 million for the Nepal earthquake fund, and Red Cross Societies across the world supported Nepal Red Cross with relief efforts. Building model housing, and providing cash grants for food are just two of the areas we’re helping with, to get people back on their feet.
With so many people forced to live in cramped temporary shelters and being exposed to the rain and cold, obtaining good quality shelter is essential. The most vulnerable people have been given assistance to build back their houses better than before, so they can withstand future disasters. Three million people in Nepal have been reached by Red Cross, with 130,000 families receiving emergency shelter material. Red Cross has built demonstration or model houses, working alongside stone masons and carpenters, to demonstrate earthquake-resistant techniques:
Growing communities through cash grants for crops
Farmers in Nepal rely on crops to feed their families and make a living. When the earthquake struck, the immediate challenge for farmers was replacing lost food, seeds, tools and animals. Some focused on growing vegetables simply to feed their families, rather than raising cash crops. Red Cross has given grants to farmers, such as Bhunti and Amrit:
What’s next for Nepal?
Shelter remains the number one priority for communities, as thousands of people are still without permanent shelter. Red Cross is committed to improving disaster preparedness amongst Nepali communities, and increasing their resilience. Although challenges remain, there’s much to be thankful for, as people like Bhunti and Amrit demonstrate.