UPDATE: FLOODING IN NEPAL (18/08/17)
VSO is coordinating relief efforts following the devastating floods in Nepal.
The heaviest rainfall in 15 years has affected 35 of Nepal’s 75 districts.The death toll stands at 120 with 33 people missing and nearly 19,000 families being displaced.
VSO Nepal’s staff and volunteers are safe and the team remains on alert to offer support. More rain is expected.
The earthquakes in 2015 had already crippled Nepal. Many people in those affected districts were forced to live in temporary shelters that have not withstood the recent rainfall.
Schools are shut and being used as temporary shelters. Many district areas remain inaccessible as the rains damaged roads and bridges.
Around 100,000 houses are estimated as being in need of water, sanitation and hygiene relief. Shelter and food are all in jeopardy.
It’s estimated that farmers have lost $19m worth of crops, the impact of which will be felt for years in the largely agricultural population.
VSO Nepal has recently been selected as the coordinator to the Disaster Manager and Association of International NGOs task group in Nepal.
VSO has also activated the National Disaster Recovery Coordination Secretariat that was formed after the earthquake, using the learnings and systems in place to support coordination and information management for this recent crisis.
As coordinator, VSO continues to bring together capacity and teams within the government, local and international organisations to plan and implement relief operations.
Volunteering in Nepal
VSO volunteers have been working in Nepal - the 'roof of the world' - for more than 50 years.This is one of the world's least developed countries. In recent decades, however, it has made one of the largest improvements to human development of any country.
But in April 2015 a massive earthquake tore through Nepal. It killed more than 8,000, and injured and robbed many thousands more of their homes, schools and health facilities. Many people have been sliding back into poverty.
VSO volunteers provided critical assistance in the relief effort. They ranged from professionals stepping into emergency international placements, to hundreds of Nepalese young people mobilised by VSO to step forward and help.
Now we are helping Nepal rebuild its strained health and education systems, whilst adapting to climate change and food security challenges.
More than cash, Nepal needs volunteers with the skills and energy to help its people rebuild and strengthen their nation. We are recruiting now for a range of vital roles.
In our ongoing work building resilience in Nepal in the face of disaster, we’re currently recruiting a Disaster risk reduction (DRR) expert. The candidate will be responsible for setting up information management systems in two municipalities – Kathmandu and Bhaktapur.
What comes after an earthquake
Surviving a natural disaster was not what Jessica Stanford, 34, expected when she began her volunteer placement as a business development adviser in 2014. Instead, she found her calling coordinating humanitarian effort in the wake of Nepal's worst earthquake in 80 years.
Success? Have I made a difference?
Education volunteer Ann reflects on her time working in Nepal on a project to promote girls' education.
Living in Nepal
Volunteers enjoy a good standard of living and support from VSO and its partners is readily available. Volunteers in Nepal work hard but can also have time to socialise with other volunteers and enjoy living in this stunning landscape, with its backdrop featuring ten of the world's tallest mountains.
Youth volunteering in Nepal
VSO offers opportunities for youth volunteers from the UK and Nepal, aged 18-25 to work in Nepal through the International Citizen Service programme.
Volunteers work in the capital of Kathmandu and rural communities in Baglung and Lamjung. Their projects aim to improve sustainable livelihoods opportunities for women, and address poor sexual and reproductive health faced by young people. They also support training delivery to farmers, and coordinate health education workshops with schools and community groups.
If you are a Nepali national interested in ICS volunteering please contact our local office by email.
UK nationals interested in youth volunteering can apply on the ICS website.
Interested in volunteering in Nepal?
|Disaster Risk Reduction Expert||To be Confirmed|