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Published on May 29, 2015
One month ago, a devastating earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale destroyed the homes of more than 2.5 million Nepalis. Now begins a race to build temporary shelters before the heavy monsoon rains arrive in June. But rebuilding homes in the flattened rural districts, which continue to be hit by frequent aftershocks, also means finding ways to rebuild lives left in limbo.
To speed up relief delivery and access far flung areas, UNHCR is using local Nepali partners to assist in delivering 42,475 tarps and 8,032 solar lanterns. The lanterns are prioritized for women-led families, Dalits and families who have lost relatives.
It is Nepal’s silent revolution: Nepalis from all levels of society – almost all volunteers, both here and overseas – are self-organizing, using their network of people in specific districts and communities and delivering aid fast and efficiently, village by village. The psychological value of this aid should not be underestimated. A great many villages, in places that may not have been reached for several more weeks in regular large distributions, now know that they are not alone.
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