On April 25th of 2015, Nepal was hit hard by an earthquake of a 7.8 magnitude – also called the „Gorkha earthquake“. It struck near the city of Kathmandu in central Nepal, east of the district of Lamjung with a radius of approximately 15km. This has been the worst natural disaster to hit Nepal since the 1934 Nepal-Bihar Earthquake. It killed around 9,000 people, and many thousands more were injured. More than 600,000 buildings and structures in Kathmandu and its surrounding villages were damaged or destroyed leaving a lot of people homeless from one day to the next.
The earthquake also resulted in landslides that destroyed rural villages and some of the most densely populated parts of the city of Kathmandu.
Our team of Grow Nepal did their best to provide people of the area of Bakrang, where some of our soapberries plantations are located, with some basic food aids such as several thousand kilograms of rice, hundreds of kilograms of lentils, salt, and sugar as well as hundreds of liters of oil.