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  • A family comes together to start recovery in Nepal

    Date: May 14, 2015

    After their own household chores are done in the early morning hours, Sujata Tamang and her neighbors gather together to do the hard work of plowing each other’s cornfields by hand. Every few days another woman’s fields are prepared, and this was Sujata's turn. It was the day the earthquake struck. Sujata fell to the ground as the earth rumbled beneath her. Then she heard Manoj, her husband’s young brother, shouting from a few hundred feet away near the house. His father was trapped.


  • Reaching Nepal's invisible villages

    Date: May 14, 2015

    In the aftermath of Nepal’s massive earthquake, relief efforts have been centered in the capital city of Kathmandu. The next priority was reaching some of the country’s most remote and rural areas — where the damage was still unknown. But between the capital and Nepal’s remote areas is a set of villages that remained almost invisible during the first days after the disaster. Just outside of Kathmandu, on the capital’s outskirts, small villages were overlooked in the effort to deliver supplies to the busy city or the quiet far-reaches.


  • From the field: A neighbor saving lives

    Date: May 14, 2015

    Kyla Yeoman is with our emergency response team in Nepal to document the conditions on the ground, survivors' needs and Mercy Corps' response to the April 25 earthquake. She previously visited Nepal in May 2014 to gather stories about our programs there. The first thing I noticed when I arrived after the earthquake was how quiet Kathmandu is right now. When I was here last May, the city felt like it was bursting at its seams with people shopping, taxis zipping around town, and workers packing into city buses. Today the mood is subdued and serious. Most of the shops are shuttered. Driving through town, we saw makeshift tents set up in every roundabout—and even along the tiny strips of grass next to the road.


  • Survivor stories: After the earthquake

    Date: May 14, 2015

    As our team continues to deliver aid to families in need after Nepal’s massive earthquake, they are meeting courageous people who survived the disaster and are now able to tell their harrowing stories. Meet a few of the people we’re helping below, and follow our response for the latest updates from the field ▸


  • Meet Mercy Corps' Nepal earthquake response team

    Date: May 14, 2015

    Nepal’s extreme landscape, so appealing to adventurers, is also an extreme challenge to relief efforts in the aftermath of Saturday’s devastating earthquake. Areas perched on towering peaks and tucked into deep valleys are difficult to reach in even the best conditions — now roads are wrecked or washed out from floods and landslides. Many of the affected areas can only be reached by helicopter.


  • Delivering supplies to families outside Kathmandu

    Date: May 14, 2015

    In Chapagaon, a small village less than 10 miles south of Kathmandu, families are sleeping outside in the rain after the recent earthquake destroyed or severely damaged their homes. Many of those with homes left standing would rather stay outdoors than risk entering a building that could now be prone to collapse.


  • Quick Facts: What you need to know about the Nepal Earthquake

    Date: May 14, 2015

    On Saturday, April 25 a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, just northwest of the capital of Kathmandu. It was the worst quake to strike the region in more than 80 years. Follow the latest updates from our Nepal earthquake response ▸ The country, well known for its rich cultural heritage and extreme tourism, is one of the poorest in Southeast Asia, and the earthquake will put a huge strain on the country’s economy for decades to come.


  • Emergency update from the field

    Date: May 14, 2015

    Our team in Nepal today is quickly prepping emergency supply kits for survivors of yesterday’s deadly earthquake. Each kit will supply a family with items like clean water, clothing, cooking utensils, towels and hygiene supplies to meet their daily needs. Follow the latest updates from our Nepal earthquake response ▸ You can help by donating to our Nepal Earthquake Response Fund ▸


  • Responding after massive Nepal earthquake

    Date: May 14, 2015

    Editor's note: This story was updated on April 26 from the latest official reports. Mercy Corps is mobilizing an emergency response in Nepal following this morning's 7.8 magnitude earthquake, which struck just northwest of the capital of Kathmandu. Follow the latest updates from our Nepal earthquake response ▸


  • A smart matriarch turns pickles into profit

    Date: May 14, 2015

    In the dry, hot western region of Nepal, a tiny shop offers a unique and delicious refreshment: green mango pickles made by Harikala Yogi and her family. The pickles are the best in the region, and the Yogi family is thriving thanks to the quiet strength of Harikala, the family leader. Harikala, 59, is an unlikely entrepreneur. She never went to school, and she married her husband Hari Shankar at just 13. This is a common story in rural Nepal, where family and marriage are often prioritized over education for young girls. Entering the world of business is not encouraged.