In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, CARE rapidly deployed emergency staff from around the world to join 150 CARE workers already in Nepal to scale up the emergency response. CARE’s initial response focused on lifesaving aid such as emergency shelter and clean water.
CARE's response activities included:
- Supporting beneficiaries with emergency supplies such as clean water, food, shelter, reproductive health and hygiene kits.
- CARE focused on areas outside of Kathmandu, as some villages in these areas have been completely flattened and were only accessible by helicopter and relief workers had to walk for hours to try and access people in desperate need of help. In Gorkha, a rural area near the epicenter of the earthquake, where over 80 percent of the homes were damaged or destroyed, CARE distributed shelter and hygiene kits that included some items specific for women like diapers for the babies and sanitary napkins, as well as soap, toothbrushes and towels.
- To help meet the specific needs of pregnant women, new mothers and children, who are in particular risk CARE focused on the following as part of its immediate emergency response:
- Distribution of water purification to provide clean water, particularly for pregnant women and children who are particularly susceptible to water-borne illness such as diarrhea;
- Distribution of family kits and hygiene kits that include blankets to keep children and infants warm, diapers for newborns, and basic hygiene kits that include soap and sanitary napkins and panties for women;
- Distribution of food to ensure pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and children continue to get the nutrition they need at a critical time for them and their babies.
With the help of the Humanitarian Coalition funds specifically, CARE is reducing the immediate suffering of people, especially women and girls, by providing timely and appropriate sanitation facilities, hygiene kits and shelter items.
In anticipation of the monsoon rains CARE has been adapting its response by distributing weather resistant emergency shelter.