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.

Building resilience

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:

Nepal Red Cross, with support from Red Cross and Red Crescent partners, began building demonstration and model houses in late 2015 which can withstand earthquakes better. Longer-term recovery is key to building resilient communities.


The deadly quake which struck Nepal in April 2015 destroyed or damaged more than 800,000 homes. Red Cross has been working to train stonemasons, carpenters and builders so they can improve their earning power, and build back better - helping to prepare for future disasters.

Here, workers can be seen constructing a pilot house in the village of Suspa Chhemawati.


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:

As part of the Red Cross response to Nepal’s deadly earthquake, we have been giving small cash grants to boost the food security and income of Kathmandu valley farmers hit hard by the disaster.

Bhunti Ramtyal’s grant has helped fund her garlic crop:

“I love the taste of garlic. It has many purposes. It’s very healthy, easy to store and I use it to add flavour when cooking.”


Following the earthquake, Amrit Silwal received a cash grant from Red Cross and was able to purchase seeds for his cauliflower crop, helping restore his livelihood. Amrit says cauliflower is a good cash crop, selling for around 50 Nepali rupees per kilo (roughly 69 NZ cents).

“It adds variety to the mix of vegetables I grow. I love it. It tastes good.”


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.