Our impact in Nepal

RedR had staff on the ground in Kathmandu when the first earthquake struck on 25 April. A needs assessment conducted by our teams in the days following the disaster identified two urgent needs - water, sanitation and hygiene, and shelter - and highlighted the importance of providing long-term, sustainable support to those affected. 

Meeting vital needs

With your help, we are training local NGO staff, government employees and communities, ensuring that they have the skills they need to help the people of Nepal recover from the earthquakes - and to prepare for and mitigate the impact of future disasters.

To date, a total of 449 people have taken part in RedR training, representing 1368 contact days.

Little girl fetches water in Chautara, Sindhupalchok © Solidarités International 

WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)

When opportunities for water contamination and the adoption of bad hygiene practices are rife, WASH is of critical importance. To date, our experts have provided two one-day open training sessions on hygiene promotion and community mobilisation, and three sessions on safe latrine construction. 85% of participants rated the training as good or excellent, and 96% rated the facilitation as good or excellent.

RedR has also provided WASH in Emergencies training to 66 Save the Children staff in three districts: Dhulikel, Nuwakot and Mugling.


According to the Nepalese government, 604,930 houses were "fully damaged" by the earthquakes, and 288,856 were "partially damaged". But it’s not only a matter of reconstructing damaged houses: it’s essential that affected communities are able to "build back better" so that future disasters don’t have such a devastating impact. With this in mind, RedR has trained 20 members of staff from Save the Children and partners in safe shelter construction, during a nine-day Training of Trainers programme in Dolakha District. Find out more.

We've also provided Save the Children staff in Nuwakot District with training in safe Temporary Learning Centre construction, helping to ensure that children can continue their education while reconstruction efforts are ongoing. 

Safe shelter training in Nepal © Sam Spickett

Photos © Solidarités International, and Sam Spickett for RedR India

Supporting the sector

RedR is also using its expertise to benefit the humanitarian sector as a whole:  

  • In the wake of the disaster, national and international NGOs in Nepal expanded the scale of their operations and took on extra staff, many of whom, although dedicated, have little or no experience in humanitarian aid work. That’s why, along with technical capacity-building, we've provided training in Project Cycle Management and Essentials of Humanitarian Practice to a total of 74 local and international aid workers in Kathmandu and Chitwan.
  • In early July, RedR facilitated a Lessons Learned Workshop for 30 staff from ADRA, helping them to analyse and capitalise on their response to the earthquakes. 
  • Our partners Ramboll advised representatives of Chautara Municipality on safe demolition, helping them carry out structural assessments and drawing up guidelines for the future.  

 Find out more:
- Read our report: Nepal Earthquake Response, One Year On
- Trainees share their stories
Shelter training in photos

Last updated: 13th June 2016