Nepal is one of the poorest countries in Asia and the earthquake particularly affected low-income families who lived in poor-quality housing, both in rural areas and also in cities.
Nearly 9,000 people died as a result and approximately 600,000 lost their homes and income.
Trócaire began its relief operation straight away. Working with partner organisations in the country, particularly Caritas Nepal, Trócaire helped to provide short-term relief to those affected by the earthquake.
In total 8 million people are estimated to have been affected by the 2015 earthquake.
We continue to fund long-term recovery and rehabilitation projects in Nepal.
Our initial focus was on providing shelter, food and water to people left homeless. We are also funding the construction of permanent, earthquake-resistant houses that will provide a long-term solution for people living in areas likely to be affected by earthquakes in the future.
We envisage maintaining our programme in Nepal until at least 2018.
Trócaire’s Humanitarian Coordinator Conor O’Loughlin travelled to Nepal immediately after the earthquake to help manage the overall Caritas response. Caritas is a global network of humanitarian agencies that work together in order to maximise impact.
Watch Conor's report from Nepal in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake:
You can also listen to Conor's report on SoundCloud.