Rebuilding homes a challenge as Nepal recovers a year on
ONE YEAR on from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shook the nation and claimed more than 8000 lives, the future is looking brighter in Nepal.
But Andrea Nave, chief executive officer of the Forget Me Not Children's Home in Nepal, says there is much yet to be done.
In the past year the charity, which was founded in Hervey Bay, has rescued 58 children who were taken from their families by illegal pop-up orphanages, in addition to ensuring the girls already in their care were taken care of in the aftermath of the earthquake.
Now, as the organisation paused to remember the devastation that rocked the country one year ago yesterday, just nine children remain in their care after they successfully reunited dozens of children with their families.
Ms Nave said the families of the nine children had been found but accommodation needed to be secured before they could return.
She said there were still aftershocks rocking the nation as recently as two weeks ago.
In the weeks following the earthquake the Fraser Coast got behind the charity, helping to raise more than $100,000 to help care for children and build a new home after the existing structure was damaged.
Rebuilding was slow, Andrea said, as efforts were being made to ensure new structures could withstand future earthquakes.
An event will be held in Hervey Bay on May 14 to raise funds for the charity.
It will be held at Tandoori Thai and Forget Me Not's country director Anju Pun will be there to share stories from Nepal.
Earthquake in Nepal
- The earthquake struck at 11.56am Nepal Standard Time on April 25
- It was the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal since the 1934 Nepal-Bihar earthquake
- More than 8000 were killed and 21,000 injured