At a time when the government agencies are unable to reach a large number of earthquake victims, who are living in temporary shelters and temporary huts in various areas, organizations like World Vision International Nepal are reaching them with the necessary things for their survival.
“Notwithstanding the challenges faced by World Vision and many humanitarian actors alike, data show that we have had a significant impact on the lives of the people affected by the earthquake. We were able to reach out to the most vulnerable, such as child-headed households, single parents, the disabled and the elderly, with our direct financial assistance and this was not an easy task given the terrain, intense selection processes and huge needs. We have been humbled by the tremendous support and acceptance shown by the people to rebuild and bounce back. We are now focused on providing opportunities to communities to give them ownership of their recovery and strengthen their resilience to future shocks,” says Elizabeth Satow, National Director of World Vision International Nepal.
Two years after the devastating earthquakes struck Nepal affecting the lives of eight million people with death and destruction, World Vision continues to stand with survivors as they build back their lives in the face of the challenges that remain.
More than 526,000 people in 10 worst-hit districts of Nepal have benefitted from World Vision's interventions since the earthquake. While hardest hit areas are still struggling to meet important needs like shelter and livelihood, World Vision’s earthquake response continues establishing strong partnerships, promoting shared accountability, and enhancing local capacities and community participation.
"We encourage all partners working on the earthquake response – INGO, local partners, government and donors to continue to engage with the affected communities and provide them with quality support in a timely way. The people of Nepal deserve a speedy route to recovery," says Elizabeth Satow, National Director of World Vision International Nepal.
According to World Vision International Nepal, soon after the earthquake World Vision provided goods, access to services, cash assistance, trainings and infrastructure in the areas of disaster preparedness, health, nutrition, education, water and sanitation, shelter, child protection and livelihood. At present and into the final phase of the response, World Vision is focusing on expanded and improved livelihoods, water and sanitation, and shelter. To date World Vision has raised USD 52.5 million, out of which 72% has been spent.
World Vision International Nepal has shown that even at a time of crisis how an organization can effectively reach the people. Realizing the important role of INGOs, National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has also amended it guidelines, recently giving more space to agencies like World Vision International Nepal.
“Given the existing context, INGOs can be more effective and efficient to reach the earthquake victims,” said CEO of NRA Professor Dr. Govinda Raj Pokharel.