Christian Aid in Nepal is implementing a country programme strategy by 2021 to transition from humanitarian response to long-term sustainable development, focused on resilient livelihoods, gender equality and social inclusion, together with disaster risk reduction.
We will continue to focus on “Leave No One Behind” and “Localisation” approaches as well as providing technical support to our partners there.
We have been working in Nepal since 2004 on regional South Asia programmes through partners on key themes including early warning systems for floods on the Nepal-India border, human trafficking and social inclusion.
In the aftermath of the April 2015 mega earthquake, Christian Aid established an office in Nepal and implemented a response in 8 districts and a recovery programme in 4 districts, working with local partners and giving a credible voice to the vulnerable communities through capacity assessment and local investments.
Christian Aid will continue to focus on providing technical support for partners, clearly demonstrating added-value for the donors as well as the partners. Strengthening our local partners and civil society in general, will remain a key cross-cutting priority.
Christian Aid is a member of the Association of International NGOs (AIN) network and has also built a strong relationship with the Social Welfare Council (SWC) and National Reconstruction Authority (NRA).
Christian Aid is certified by Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative (HQAI) and complies with the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) on Quality and Accountability across its humanitarian, development and advocacy activities, globally.
Our programmes have been supported by the Government of Nepal, DEC, ECHO, UK Aid, Startfund, the Scottish Government, and Irish Aid.
Students of Shree Nagashwari basic school are now in a safer and better school environment after Christian Aid supported the renovation of the building. This involved constructing toilets, hand-basins and a drinking water station, in addition to new classrooms and playground amenities for the children. The school was badly damaged by the Nepal earthquake in 2015.
In Nepal we work on…
Building Resilient Livelihoods
Empowering and enabling marginalised communities to have resilient livelihood options. Increased income and food security in the targeted disaster-prone districts, with reduced vulnerabilities to climatic risks along with improved access to inclusive markets.
Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI)
Empowering women and other vulnerable individuals /communities politically, socially and economically to reduce/remove inequalities of all forms, access to basic services including risks of gender based violence. GESI will also be integrated in all our work ensuring that no one is left behind in having access to rights and entitlements.
Disaster Risk Reduction and Humanitarian Response
Building resilient communities through strengthened preparedness and response capacities and reduced disaster risks in the targeted disaster-prone districts.
Where we work and who we work with
We are currently working in the following areas of the country:-
Banke, Bardiya, Dang, Dhading, Dolakha, Kailali, Khotang and Rasuwa districts as well as at the national level from our office in Kathmandu.
We work with:-
Government Departments and Ministries, district-based local NGOs, national NGOs, ACT Alliance, other INGOs, donor agencies, private sector organisations, communities and the media.
The community people of Milantol, Dhading district are relieved a water scheme has been constructed in their area. Due to damage in the 2015 earthquake, members of the community used to travel more than half an hour to the nearest water point and queue in long lines from as early as 3am.
Now, 44 households have water tap stands in their own yards, supplied by a reservoir tank, a distribution tank and pipeline that lifts water to the households, constructed by Christian Aid and its partner FOCUS-Nepal.
Now we don’t have to go at night , queue and carry the water all the way several times a day. It was very tough to climb uphill with water, but now it’s such a relief that we have it our doorstep
- Leela Shrestha.
Through our humanitarian response immediately after the earthquake, we supported 990,932 individuals from 2015-2018.
We provided temporary shelters, emergency shelter items including winterisation, emergency water supply, food distribution and hygiene kits in the initial phase. In the recovery and reconstruction phase we supported individuals through water supply schemes, sanitation facilities, prototype permanent shelters, mason training, livelihood recovery, school safety and infrastructure. These interventions were funded by individual donations through Christian Aid appeal, ECHO, DEC.
We also responded to the Bardiya flood in Nepal in August 2017 with the support of Start Fund. Over 45 days, Christian Aid reached out to 15,960 people affected by flood by enhancing personal and environmental hygiene awareness through public health promotion activities and provided health assistance to people with special needs such as person with disability, elderly, pregnant and lactating women.