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BBF Partnership Supports Earthquake Relief Efforts in Nepal

Six men in Jarjarkot, Nepal hold a tent that will provide shelter for people who lost their homes in a recent earthquake.

Brother’s Brother Foundation is responding to the recent earthquake in western Nepal by providing a grant to on-the-ground partner organization Himalayan Health Care.

The 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck Jajarkot, Nepal on November 3 killed more than 150 people and displaced over 10,000 others. Hundreds of aftershocks have disrupted the region since. 

As the winter approaches, earthquake survivors are in immediate need of warm clothing and blankets, in addition to medicine, food, and water. 

Himalayan Health Care (HHC), which has coordinated and delivered short and long-term emergency relief services in the past, is partnering with Mr. Rajiv Bikram Shah, the elected member of Parliament from Jajarkot, and his team to carry out a response to the earthquake.

Funding from Brother’s Brother Foundation will allow HHC to mobilize medicine and other forms of aid that will be distributed to earthquake victims by local authorities, youth clubs and nonprofit organizations. The organization has already distributed 50 family-size tents with waterproof ground sheets in addition to hundreds of blankets and tarps.

Brother’s Brother Foundation began its partnership with Himalayan Health Care after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit central Nepal in 2015, killing 9,000 people and damaging more than 600,000 structures.  Funding from BBF supported a livestock program that distributed 816 animals more than 240 families on the brink of famine in the remote Ruby Valley. The grant also helped reconstruct a building in the village of Lapa where more than 550 students attended school.  

Most recently, BBF supported HHC’s One Home, One Toilet campaign to make the Ruby Valley an open-defecation-free area. The program supports the local economy by purchasing materials from the town of Dhading Besi and promotes sustainable development by teaching residents how to build and maintain their own toilet facilities.

BBF’s involvement in the program has provided more than 140 people with access to their own toilets and has indirectly impacted 7,000 others by preventing the spread of fly-borne diseases.

Photo caption: BBF’s on-the-ground partner Himalayan Health Care has distributed 50 family-size tents that will provide shelter for people who lost their homes in the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck western Nepal in November. | Photo courtesy of Himalayan Health Care.

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