Programmes & Projects | Our comprehensive earthquake response program in Nepal

The devastating earthquakes of April and May 2015 in Nepal claimed over 8,700 lives, injured more than 22,000 and have left hundreds of thousands of people homeless and affected the livelihoods of millions of Nepalis across the country. Some 50,000 classrooms in 8,000 schools and around 1,000 health facilities were also damaged.

Within 24 hours of the earthquake, we launched Mobile Citizen Help Desks in collaboration with Accountability Lab, and have been partnering with UNOCHA and Internews in mobilising over 100 volunteers and 30 staff members to monitor and improve the Nepal earthquake response, connect relief agencies to the most affected communities and ensure disaster accountability in Nepal.

The first part of this effort has been to identify the gaps in relief services and connect the affected communities to resources through a network of 84 frontline associates spread across 14 most affected districts. Read more here:

The second pillar of #quakeHELPDESK is rigorous perception survey, on which we are partnering with UNOCHA through their flagship initiative 'Inter Agency Common Feedback Project' to understand the right needs of the affected people and how communities perceived the disaster response.

The third pillar is the Open Mic Project that we created together with Internews to track potentially risky earthquake related rumors, the component sought to provide local stakeholders with empirical facts to create a better understanding of the needs of the affected communities.

The final pillar of the #quakeHELPDESK is Follow the Money. Created to ensure affected people got the entitlements they need while reducing misuse of public funds, the component tracks the financial flow into a local community, all the way from a central to a district to a village level. We have just signed an MOU with National Information Commission and laid the foundation to work together to ensure disaster accountability in Nepal.

With all four components currently ongoing, the #quakeHELPDESK is fully underway in 14 of the most affected districts of Nepal, ensuring the relief, reconstruction and rebuilding in Nepal is fair and accessible to those who need it.