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Nepal's long road to recovery - 6 months on

It's been six months since two terrible earthquakes rocked Nepal.

We want to thank everyone who played an important part in the massive international Red Cross emergency response by supporting our Nepal Region Earthquake Appeal. Together we raised $13.1 million and your generosity has gone a long way.

With your help we have reached 620,000 people in urgent need of humanitarian relief.

Since the first hours and days, around 8,000 Red Cross volunteers have swung into action to deliver life-saving aid, from emergency shelter and first aid to safe drinking water, health services and family hygiene kits.

  • water, soap and hygiene kits for more than 620,000 people
  • 110,000 tarpaulins to shelter more than 550,000 people
  • health care for 88,000 people - from first aid to medical treatment and psychological support
  • 70,000 cash grants to support 350,000 people
  • 72,000 relief kits with two tarpaulins, two blankets, kitchen equipment and a shelter toolkit for more than 360,000 people
  • 4.6 million litres of safe drinking water

You can read more about the international Red Cross relief operation six months on. You'll see beautiful photos of the difference you have made to people during their time of need.

The country's task of repairing or rebuilding is enormous because more than 900,000 homes were destroyed or damaged. As winter approaches, Red Cross is providing cash grants to help around 45,000 families of the 14 most affected districts to purchase warm clothes and blankets.

Australian Red Cross aid workers with expertise in shelter, health care, mental health, water and sanitation, child protection, gender and inclusion have been part of the Red Cross Red Crescent international response team.

Over the coming months, the global Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement will continue to provide support to the Nepal Red Cross recovery activities. To meet the Nepalese people's longer term recovery needs, Nepal Red Cross Society has a community-focused approach, helping people rebuild safer homes and resume their livelihoods, restoring water and sanitation facilities, and rebuilding health posts.

Helping a community recover from a disaster is a marathon, not a sprint. With your support, Red Cross will continue to be there, sharing the long journey to recovery with the people of Nepal.

You too can hold your own fundraising activity to support our ongoing disaster relief and recovery work both here in Australia and overseas. Simply register your interest and our friendly Community Fundraising Team will contact you.

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