Nepal, one year on

A year on, the recovery continues.

When disasters happen a swift response is critical, so too is support on the road to recovery. When Nepal was struck by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake last year your support meant we could act fast. Our work isn’t done yet, but thanks to you we can finish the job. One year on, Nepal is starting to rebuild.

Thanks to your support we delivered:

  • 52,767 emergency shelter kits
  • 310 temporary learning centres
  • 81 child friendly spaces
  • 43,672 water kits

This was made possible thanks to the 

$1.42 million raised

by supporters like you in Australia. Thank you.

Please note: these figures reflect the entire Nepal Earthquake Appeal, inclusive of funds received during the 2015 financial year.

13-year-old Manju from Dolakha is one of many girls whose education was interrupted after the Nepal earthquake struck.

“During the earthquake I was afraid. I was worried something bad would happen and I would no longer be able to study.”

The earthquakes destroyed Manju’s school. Temporary learning centres have meant that she and her classmates can continue to learn.

102013 Girl has fun at a Child Friendly Space in Sindhupalchok district, Nepal

Children at a Plan International Child Friendly Space in Nepal’s Sindhupalchok district.

Our Grants Manager Dani Robertson visited Nepal to see your donations in action.

We had been driving for five hours around narrow, windy roads in a convoy of vehicles to deliver cash transfers to communities affected by the earthquake. Relatively new in disaster response, cash or voucher transfers allow communities to buy the supplies they need and help re-establish local markets.

Finally, we arrived at a village in Magapauwa province of the Dolakha district and, of course, nothing could commence until we had been treated to the welcome-meal of ‘dal bhat’, which is a delicious and common meal of rice and lentils.  As I ate, I could see action happening around me. I was surprised at how seamlessly Plan International staff were combining different projects in the one village.

To my left I could see a queue of people split into one line for elderly and most vulnerable who were receiving unconditional cash and another line for those who had participated in a Cash for Work program. To the right of this queue I could see children playing in the Child-Friendly Space set up to allow them the space to play and receive psychosocial support in the aftermath of the earthquake.

Now back in my office in Australia, I still think about those families who I met and wonder how their life is now. The earthquakes in Nepal caused such devastation that the journey to gain back what was lost will be a long one. Though the recovery efforts continue I’m thankful to have been able to contribute and see the difference that we have already been able to make.

Tim Kaldor

Tim Kaldor, Featherweight Games

Kindness and generosity in times of crisis

We were overwhelmed by the generosity of Australians after the quake. We know Australians have a special relationship with Nepal, and it showed through the outpouring of support.

One Australian with a unique connection to the country is Featherweight Games developer Tim Kaldor, who turned an incredibly stressful time for himself and his extended family into something positive for the recovery.

Tim Kaldor is telling us about the Nepali catchphrase ke garne.

It was after returning from his time working in development in Nepal that Tim and his friend Dylan formed Featherweight Games. “It was just something we’d always wanted to do.” They released their first app, Skiing Yeti Mountain, a fun, lighthearted, multilevel game for mobiles that was "created with the beautiful Himalayas fresh in mind." Tim laughs "we weren’t able to reproduce the beauty, I don’t think.

The game launched to what Tim calls ‘a mild success’ but he wasn’t in a position to enjoy it. At the time of launch, the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Kathmandu and surrounding areas. Tim’s soon-to-be wife Kritika was living in a villiage in Sindhupalchowk, one of the worst affected districts in the country.

“At first it was really hard to even contact her so I was constantly worrying. She was in the city at the time so she was okay but her house was destroyed and her family were buried in their house, but dug themselves out. Everyone was safe in the end but it was a very scary time for them.”

Unable to reach Kritika, Tim decided to channel his worry into something constructive and donate the profits from the game to organisations helping with the rebuild, including Plan International.

“I was very stressed at the time, I couldn’t be excited about the game’s release, So I just wanted to turn it into a positive thing.”

Tim had heard good things about Plan International’s work through friends and knew we were working in Sindhupalchowk. He and Kritika, a school teacher in the area, have since visited Plan International’s office in Nepal.

On how the people of Nepal have dealt with the disaster Tim says: “They’re very capable of dealing with the struggles, they don’t complain about anything, they’re very stoic.”

It’s a pretty big thing for a young person who has taken the risk to start up his own business to donate his entire share of profits to a cause. Tim notes he didn’t know how successful the game would be when he made the decision, he laughingly suggests that might have made it easier.

Fortunately the newest release from Featherweight Games, Rodeo Stampede has seen plenty of success. Tim is set to return to Nepal to see his wife in the hope they’ll both be able to return to Australia. When prodded about the future you can tell he’s taking it as it comes: “I enjoy my work, it will be interesting to see what happens in the future.”

The Nepali catchphrase ke garne comes back to mind. In the face of a long recovery the people of Nepal continue to rebuild, it encompasses their stoicism and resilience. It is the kindness, generosity and resilience of people that is so striking in times of crisis. Tim’s story is a wonderful reminder that the worst of times often bring out the very best in people. After all, ke garne?

Tim has pledged to help support the rebuild of Suryodaya Secondary School to help us get 844 children back into safe, permanent classrooms. You can help us reach our target, find out more:

Namaste Nepal

One of the best ways we can help Nepal into the future is to visit. Visiting Nepal is a life-changing adventure for all who travel there, and for the people of Nepal tourism is one of the best ways to get back on their feet after the earthquake. This season, our partners at Intrepid Travel made the trails and mountains even more enticing, donating 100% of profits earned from travelers visiting Nepal in the 2016 season to help rebuild the lives that were impacted by the quake.

As a result of their ‘Namaste Nepal’ campaign, Intrepid Travel has donated a massive $379,825 to our efforts in Nepal. The funds will have a lasting impact on the lives of those affected by the earthquake. Thank you to all who took part through ‘Namaste Nepal’, and to the generous folk at Intrepid Travel for this great initiative.


To mark the one year anniversary of the Nepal quake, we took to social media to celebrate the backbone of Nepal’s recovery – Nepal’s people.

With your support we were able to respond fast when disaster struck Nepal, and support the people of Nepal through recovery. You can help children in emergencies, by donating to our Children in Crisis fund: