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August 18, 2015

Nepal Quarterly Newsletter, April-June 2015

The summer sun is scorching the ground beneath our feet, and it is barely past 7:30 in the morning.

We move to a perch on an elevated platform, shaded by a large old tree. From here, we see a sweeping, yet jarring view. A horizon line of neat concrete houses, dotted with seasonal potted plants on their roofs, stands in stark contrast to fabric roofs covered in plastic tarp that dot the landscape in the foreground.

This is Camp Hope—a one square kilometer tent city in Jorpati, Kathmandu that serves as a temporary home to 330 households from five villages in the Sindhupalchowk district, just north of Kathmandu. The earthquake damaged or destroyed approximately 88 percent of houses in the district.

“We had to move,” said Sukra Tamang, an 18-year-old who now lives at Camp Hope with his family. “With all the debris and the ground shaking constantly, there was no space to even rest our feet.”

April 30, 2015

In coordination with Nepalese authorities, the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) conducts a live rescue in Kathmandu. Heavy-duty plastic sheeting from USAID/OFDA arrives in Nepal to support the critical shelter needs of earthquake-affected communities. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos travels to Nepal to assess the humanitarian situation and ongoing rescue and relief efforts.

April 29, 2015

USAID/OFDA is airlifting 700 rolls of heavy-duty plastic sheeting to Nepal, which will address the critical shelter needs of up to 35,000 earthquake-affected people. The UN launched a $415 million flash funding appeal for humanitarian response efforts in Nepal, including food, health, and shelter assistance, as well as water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) support. Rescue and relief operations are underway in nine of the 11 most severely affected districts, the UN reports.

April 28, 2015

The nearly 130-member USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) arrived in Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu on April 28 to support emergency response efforts in cooperation with the Government of Nepal (GoN). USAID/OFDA is contributing $10 million in humanitarian assistance for earthquake response operations.

April 27, 2015

Relief efforts in response to the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck central Nepal on April 25 are underway in Nepal and other affected countries. The USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART)–comprising nearly 130 humanitarian and urban search-and-rescue (USAR) personnel—are en route to Nepal. USAID/OFDA announced an additional $9 million to support emergency relief operations in Nepal, bringing total USAID funding to $10 million as of April 27.

April 26, 2015

Visit the Embassy of the United States (http://nepal.usembassy.gov), the U.S. Embassy Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/nepal.usembassy), the US Agency for International Development (http://www.usaid.gov) or the USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance Facebook page(http://www.facebook.com/USAID.OFDA) to learn about the April 25, 2015, earthquake in Nepal, the US Government response, and how you can help.

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This 2014 wall calendar produced by USAID Nepal with the theme "Building a Resilient Nepal" showcases some of the strong, resilient people and communities who have eagerly embraced the opportunity to provide a better future for themselves and their families.

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