In April 2015, central Nepal was struck by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake and several major aftershocks which killed more than 9 000 people. More than half a million homes were reduced to rubble, and countless roads, bridges and other infrastructure were left in ruins.
Here in the remote village of Barpak, the epicentre of the earthquake, the powerful tremor damaged the walking trails that connected the village to the rest of the country. To restore access to services for the villagers, EU Humanitarian Aid has supported People in Need (PIN) in implementing a trail reconstruction programme in the area. Under the initiative, vulnerable groups, such as breast-feeding women and female-headed households, are encouraged to help repair damaged trails in exchange for cash. This has not only provided affected families with an opportunity to earn income and improved their livelihoods, but also contributed to rebuilding the communities.
The World Reconstruction Conference, taking place in Brussels on 6-8th June, will feature a special session on post-earthquake recovery lessons from Nepal. For more details, click here.
Video by People in Need.