Projects to help with the long term rebuilding of communities devastated by the earthquake in Nepal are being announced by the Big Lottery Fund today.
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April 2015, followed a year ago today by a massive aftershock measuring 7.3. The disaster left around 8,700 people dead, 22,000 injured and hundreds of thousands homeless.
The Big Lottery Fund committed a total of £2 million in May 2015 to help affected communities and after discussions with several agencies including the Disasters Emergency Committee it was agreed it would support the ongoing rehabilitation work beyond the immediate disaster relief phase.
The first five grants are being made to UK-based charities PHASE Worldwide, Global Action Nepal, Doctors of the World, Britain Nepal Medical Trust and Global Giving UK. Each project is based on consultations, surveys and focus groups in the targeted communities and been adapted according to their feedback on their needs.