On 31 May 2015, Ramesh Shrestha helps his teachers and others to place the makeshift school tent in appropriate place to resume classes in Shree Balephi Secondary School in Balephi, Sindhupalchowk, one of the hardest-hit district by the earthquake. After five week hiatus following the earthquakes of 25 April and 12 May, teachers, members of school management committee, students and parents worked together to set up the makeshift school.

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A year on Nepal earthquakes: Education continues in affected districts but children still need safe and stable learning environment

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© UNICEF/UNI185885/Karki – After five week following the earthquakes of 25 April and 12 May, teachers, members of school management committee, students and parents worked together to set up the makeshift school. The earthquake in 2015 destroyed over 35,000 classrooms, jeopardizing the education of almost 1 million children in Nepal. Over 179,300 children benefited from the […]

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From one epicentre to another

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From Balakot to Barpak: I cried once again

Ten years after witnessing the horror created by a devastating earthquake in my country Pakistan, I was in Nepal’s Gorkha, a district at the centre of the 25 April 2015 earthquake. I had spent a year in Balakot, the epicentre, and in October 2015 I joined UNICEF Nepal country programme to lead the Gorkha Emergency Site Office.

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In Nepal, growing up at the epicentre

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GORKHA, Nepal/HONG KONG, 21 April 2016 – “I love my daughter the most in the whole world,” said Amita Gurung, holding her baby Arpita tightly in her arms. “But when I think of the day she was born, I feel like crying.”

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Three months on from first Nepal quake, children still at risk

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© UNICEF/UNI187811/Shrestha – Thirteen-year-old Anjali listens to her grandfather Dil Bahadur Darain speak about his son, daughter-in-law and grandson, who died during the April 25 earthquake in Nepal. KATHMANDU, Nepal/ HONG KONG, 25 July 2015 – Three months after Nepal’s April 25 earthquake and its aftershocks, children continue to face multiple risks as their families have […]

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In Nepal, escaping an uncertain fate

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KATHMANDU, NEPAL/ HONG KONG, 24 July 2015 – Sapana*, 15, still shudders when she thinks of how she was almost tricked into going to India.

“I will never forget that day when I was about to make a horrible mistake due to my desperate situation,” she says.

Sapana was just 13 when she stopped going to school in her village of Chhatiwan, in Nepal’s Makwanpur district, and instead went to work in a carpet factory 130 km away in Kathmandu, in order to help support her family.