On the 25th of April 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, killing more than 9,000 people and injuring 22,000. Hundreds of thousands were left homeless as entire villages crumbled or were wiped out by mudslides and avalanches.
With Humanity & Inclusion present in Nepal since 200, more than 50 physical and occupational therapists and other staff were on hand during the earthquake and immediately jumped into action to help the injured. Emergency response experts arrived within days. In the aftermath of the quake, the organization held more than 10,500 rehabilitation sessions for some 4,000 people with disabling injuries, carried out psychological support sessions, and distributed more than 2,300 mobility aids like walking frames, wheelchairs, and crutches. HI also distributed over 4,300 tents, cooking kits, hygiene kits, and other emergency items to the most vulnerable families. In addition, eleven thousand people were given sheet metal roofing.
Today, HI employs 80 staff members in Nepal who provide rehabilitation, disaster and earthquake preparedness training, and support to students and job seekers with disabilities.