BRAC is a development organisation dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor.
In 2015, Nepal took a devastating hit to its economy, affecting the lives of its people due to the earthquake that struck the Kavrepalanchowk district. BRAC had been one of the first global organisations to stand beside the people of Nepal in their time of distress. BRAC has now set up operations in the country with the main focus being on the rehabilitation of the earthquake victims. Funds that have been raised will be used to build 400 earthquake resilient houses over a period of one and half years. Following that, projects related to nutrition, health, microfinance, agriculture and livestock will be implemented to provide livelihood support.
As an immediate response to the Nepalese government, BRAC provided 5,000 blankets, medicine and medical equipment to the earthquake site. An emergency team of four doctors, one disaster management expert and one livelihood expert assembled by BRAC was sent to Nepal shortly after. Working closely with the Nepal Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), WHO and other INGOs to bring about the health rehabilitation of the victims, BRAC was an active participant of foreign medical team (FMT) meetings, WHO health cluster meetings and received regular updates from the MoHP. Medical services were provided through camps in Dolekha District; Inacho, Bhaktapur District; Baruwa, Sindupalchowk District; Harisiddhi, Lalitpur District; Jayantigaun and Sotigaun, Kathmandu District and in the IDP (internally displaced persons) camps of Kavresthali, Jalbiyakpur, Dharmasthali, Kapan, Shiharpa, Kirtipur in the Kathmandu valley. Over 750 earthquake victims received the care and supplies they needed with the help of local volunteers and the Nepal police hospital team.It also conducted a need assessment on the immediate loss and damage in order to determine the next steps for BRAC and finally decided to focus on rehabilitation of earthquake victims.