A second major earthquake struck Nepal; just two weeks after the initial 7.8 magnitude quake hit the country. Restless Nepal staff and young volunteers have been tirelessly working with partners, providing relief efforts in hard to reach districts since the first earthquake.
We are relived to confirm all of our staff are safe once again. Our Nepal Country Director Ravinda Shakya says:
It seems a very sad situation as people in Nepal thought it was slowly getting back to normal. There have been 80, 90, maybe 100 tremors since April 25 and it was slowing down, so now people just don’t know if and when another big one will strike.
Read more from Ravindra here in the Guardian Online.
Ravindra also speaks to the BBC World Service about how the youth of Nepal have responded to the earthquakes:
Restless Develpment volunteers continue to work in the most affected areas in Kathmandu Valley region, from rural Dhading district (where our most remote partner schools are) to the 80% destroyed historic city of Bhaktapur (where there are fears of a cholera outbreak), and Kathmandu city itself, where volunteers continue to provide emergency relief efforts such as tents, food, water and medicines to those living in relief camps.
After the first earthquake the government estimated that around 90% of 3,000 schools in 14 quake hit districts had been completely destroyed. After the second quake hit many of the schools which survived the first quake have now been badly damaged.
Restless Development staff, alumni and young volunteers are working with UNICEF to create “Temporary Learning Spaces’ in relief camps in three of the worst hit districts of Nepal. These spaces will have WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) facilities, Sports and Recreations, and Classroom set-ups. Our staff and volunteers will be doing psycho-social counselling, teachers and partners capacity enhancement, and working with the community.
You can continue to support Restless Development’s efforts by donating to our Nepal Earthquake Appeal.