How we work in an emergency
We're based in countries affected by disasters so we can be there before, during and after an emergency to save lives and support people long term. Through our work with local organisations in these countries, we can talk directly to the people affected to provide the most useful emergency response.
Acts of kindness that helped Nepalese communities survive
The sheer devastation caused by the earthquake made it difficult to transport aid quickly. Cut off from relief for several days, the people of Nepal found strength in one another and, through simple acts of kindness, managed to survive. Read their stories below.
Chandra Ghale, a construction worker from Baluwa, Gorkha, said: ‘Once the earth stopped shaking we helped rescue people buried in the rubble, removed dead bodies and looked for the injured. The situation was very difficult. No one came to the rescue as the roads were closed. We began to clear the roads ourselves and formed a group to set up temporary shelters and request relief materials. When the relief finally arrived we distributed it according to the size of the family.’
Laxmi Gurung, a small hotel owner from Baluwa, Gorkha, used the food from her business to cook for her neighbours.
She said: 'When the earthquake came, all of the houses were destroyed. Thank God we escaped the mouth of death. Everyone was hungry. When people were going through such a miserable time, I did not think twice about giving them food. Whatever I cooked, I distributed in a small quantity for all.'
Having survived the first earthquake, 17-year-old Rakesh Lamicchane created a public awareness training group to teach others how to respond in the event of another disaster.
So, when the second earthquake struck on 12 May and buried an 11-year-old boy under the rubble, Rakesh knew just what to do. It took Rakesh's youth group just 40 minutes to clear the debris and rescue Ranjit Bishokarma, pictured left.