Nepal earthquake

On 25 April 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. More than 8,000 people died and an estimated 8 million were affected. Some 650,000 of those whose lives have been impacted by the earthquake are older men and women.

Since the earthquake struck, we've been working with our local partners to provide: 

  • Emergency shelter for 3,000 older people and their families
  • Healthcare for over 40,000 older people through our emergency health camps
  • Eyecare to over 30,000, including cataract operations for 5,000 older people
  • Cash for 10,000 people, to buy food and medicine in days and weeks after the quake hit
  • Support for 5,000 older people to rebuild their livelihoods in the wake of the disaster
  • Training for 2,000 older people to helpage them prepare for potential future disasters.

Who have we helped?

Tarka and Bir received food, shelter, a cash transfer and health support from HelpAge (c) Lydia Humphrey/Age International

(c) Lydia Humphrey/Age International

Tarka and Bir received food, shelter, a cash transfer and health support from HelpAge

When the earthquake hit, Tarka and Bir's house was levelled to the ground. It turned their lives upside down. We have helped them get back on track by providing them with a temporary shelter, blankets, a solar lamp, food and a cash transfer, which they used to buy medicine and fuel. They also visited a health camp where Tarka had an eye test and was given glasses, while Bir was given medication for a gastric problem.

"With my new glasses, everything is much clearer. I can walk safely and do many more tasks. Now, I can tell the different between rice and stones," said Tarka.

Kul used his cash transfer to boost his livelihood (c) Lydia Humphrey/Age International

(c) Lydia Humphrey/Age International

Kul used his cash transfer to boost his livelihood

Eighty-year-old Kul also had his house destroyed in the earthquake. He received a cash transfer that he used to stock his shop, boosting his livelihood and ensuring he has a steady income. He also bought medicine and materials with which to build a temporary shelter.

"I feel so blessed to have been helped by such caring people, and to feel the love and support from people from faraway lands. I will be forever grateful for your help," he said.

Over a year one, older men and women are still struggling in Nepal in the wake of the earthquake. You can help us continue to provide support to people like Tarka, Bir and Kul by giving today.

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